Cherry blossoms outside Ballard High.
Ballard High School, in spring colors. (Photo by Ray Dubicki)

It is spring of 8th Grade in the Dubicki household, so we have been investigating options on where to attend high schools. Seattle Public Schools offers schools in a home attendance area as well as option schools, allowing families to choose whether a school outside the neighborhood is a better fit. We looked at a few.

Host Natalie Argerious questions co-host Ray Dubicki about whether the choices made about school were bad or worse for living and raising kids in an urban place, and Ray’s overall sense of failure as a parent. Whether detaching a school from a neighborhood is a good thing and continuing fallout from pandemic teaching leads us to wonder what an ideal school district would look like, it all ends up being judgment on parenting and *SOB*.

What has been your experience with schools around Seattle? Reach out to us at podcast [at] 

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Ray Dubicki is a stay-at-home dad and parent-on-call for taking care of general school and neighborhood tasks around Ballard. This lets him see how urbanism works (or doesn’t) during the hours most people are locked in their office. He is an attorney and urbanist by training, with soup-to-nuts planning experience from code enforcement to university development to writing zoning ordinances. He enjoys using PowerPoint, but only because it’s no longer a weekly obligation.