Transportation Options

Based on you or your child's individual academic, personal, or extracurricular needs, we have a number of different transportation options. 

Activity Routes

Activity route buses are ordered by Middle Schools and have limited stops to surrounding neighborhoods. This service is to assist families with after school transportation when students stay after school for activities (sports, clubs, detention, etc). The activity routes do not have the same bus stop locations as the regular routes; 1, 2 or 3 bus routes cover the same area in the evening that a dozen bus routes regularly cover in the AM/PM. Bus stops are limited to insure all students are transported home in a timely manner and the cost to the schools are minimal. It is the parents' responsibility to select the stop closest to their residence and familiarize their child with this information in the event he/she needs to utilize after school transportation.

Please contact your school to inquire about days activity buses run and the stops that they make.

Secondary Academy for Success (SAS)

In the AM, SAS students ride their regular high school bus and catch a shuttle to SAS. In the PM, SAS students take a shuttle to their middle school and take their service area bus home. You may use E-Link to find this information. For AM transportation, input the grade level as 9 to find the service area high school bus. Students will ride to the high school where they will catch a shuttle to SAS. Shuttles will take students from SAS to their service area middle school where they will ride their middle school bus; to find PM transportation input the grade level as 6.

Special Education

To assure your child’s safety and well-being please carefully review the operating standards and procedures for special education/preschool students’ bus stops. These procedures are necessary to help our department accommodate students who require specialized transportation with a safe, timely, and efficient ride to and from school. The information you provide will be kept in the strictest confidence. We understand that corner-to-corner bus service for special education and preschool students may require some extra planning by parents/guardians. We would like to provide ample time for parents/guardians to understand the policy, make necessary arrangements if needed, and communicate with Transportation should any questions arise. These operating standards and procedures are imperative for the appropriate and safe transportation of your child. If your student no longer needs specialized transportation please submit the Specialized Transportation Cancellation Form.

Special Education Transportation Forms

Elementary Music Program (Band & Orchestra)

Elementary students registered in the music program, please fill out the 2018-2019 Music Transportation Inquiry form (digital) for approval to ride the middle school bus in your service area. If you would rather fill out a form and send it in please fill out a 2018-2019 Music Transportation Inquiry form (hard copy) available after July 15, 2018, after completion, email to transportation@nsd.org, fax to 425-408-7902 or mail to Northshore School District, c/o Transportation Department, 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA 98021.

Buses leave the middle schools between 8:45 and 8:50 a.m. to arrive back to their elementary school.

In order to receive transportation, elementary band students must attend band at their middle school feeder pattern school (with the exception of some EAP programs). Transportation will provide a shuttle back to their feeder pattern elementary school unless they attend a neighboring school.

These basic rules apply to instruments permitted on Northshore School District buses:

  • The instrument is the student's responsibility and must remain with the student while on the bus.
  • The student must be able to lift and carry the instrument easily onto the bus.
  • The instrument must be placed on a child's lap or fit between their legs and the seat in front of them and still have room for others in their seat (along with their backpack and other school supplies).
  • Instruments and music stands must be in a case and remain in the case while on the bus.
  • There must be sufficient space on the bus (if space is limited, students, not instruments, have priority). 
  • Due to capacity and safety reasons an instrument that cannot fit on a student's lap (example: large cello, french horn, or drum kits) needs to be transported by a parent.

EAP and Before Music Program:

Our before school music coordinators, transportation, elementary education and highly capable teams have been working diligently to finalize the before school music program for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

  • We will be hand scheduling our 4th and 5th grade EAP students into before school music programs based on their addresses and the middle school most appropriate/closest to the location of their EAP school. We want to ensure that these students arrive on time to both their before school music program and their EAP school. (e.g., northend students heading to Bear Creek for EAP would go to Leota MS for before school music). 
  • There may be exceptions that will be given careful consideration based on home addresses, the service area middle school and their EAP school.

Feeder Pattern for the Elementary Band Program

Canyon Park Middle School

Crystal Springs Elementary
Maywood Hills Elementary
Shelton View Elementary
Westhill Elementary

 

Kenmore Middle School

Frank Love Elementary
Kenmore Elementary
Lockwood Elementary

 

Leota Middle School

Hollywood Hill Elementary
Kokanee Elementary
Wellington Elementary
Woodin Elementary

 

Northshore Middle School

Arrowhead Elementary
Moorlands Elementary
Woodmoor Elementary

 

Skyview Middle School

Canyon Creek Elementary
Crystal Springs Elementary
Fernwood Elementary

 

Timbercrest Middle School

Bear Creek Elementary
Cottage Lake Elementary
East Ridge Elementary
Hollywood Hill Elementary
Sunrise Elementary

 

Highly Capable

Elementary & Middle School Highly Capable Transportation (EAP & AAP)

The Highly Capable Program is designed for students identified as gifted through cognitive and academic testing and superior academic performance whose academic needs are beyond the scope of the general education classroom. Services are designed to provide a challenging, integrated and enriched curriculum to students who are enrolled in the Northshore School District.

Please fill out a EAP or AAP Transportation Form for your student so that we may properly have them routed on a bus for the 2018-19 school year. Because the routes are being designed around the needs of the program, we must have a form submitted in order to provide transportation.

 

Elementary HighCap (EAP)

HiCap Elementary (EAP) Transportation

During the 2018-2019 school year EAP students will be offered transportation from the students neighborhood stop locations. Please complete a 2018-19 EAP Transportation Form.

Please note: In order to be authorized for transportation, this form must be completed and submitted to the Transportation Department. Upon processing, you will be contacted with bus stop information (after August 31st). Students may not ride the bus until they have been processed and you have been contacted by Transportation.

 

Middle School HighCap (AAP)

AAP TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

During the 2018-2019 school year, AAP students will be offered transportation from their students neighborhood stop locations.

If your student is enrolled in AAP and would like to utlize transportation during the 2018-19 school year, please complete the 2018-2019 AAP Transportation Form

Please note: In order to be authorized for transportation, this form must be completed and submitted to the Transportation Department. Upon processing, you will be contacted with bus stop information (after August 31st). Students may not ride the bus until they have been processed and you have been contacted by Transportation.

(EAP) Before School Music

Before Music Program and EAP

Our before school music coordinators, transportation, elementary education and highly capable teams have been working diligently to finalize the before school music program for the 2018 - 2019 school year. Parents will receive individual emails from our transportation department. 

  • The before school music program is slated to run between 8:05 am and 8:45 am; times may vary by five minutes; students will arrive around 8:00 am and leave approximately 8:45 am although times may vary by five minutes
  • 1st day for 2nd year strings (5th grade students who participated in the 4th grade program in 2017-18) will start on September 10, 2018
  • 1st day for 5th grade beginning band will begin on October 1, 2018
  • 1st day for 4th and 5th grade beginning strings will begin on October 2, 2018
  • Most 4th and 5th grade students who participate in band/orchestra will receive their before school music in their service area middle school (band) or its sister elementary school (orchestra) (e.g., Northshore MS and Woodmoor Elementary)
  • We will be hand scheduling our 4th and 5th grade EAP students into before school music programs based on their addresses and the middle school most appropriate/closest to the location of their EAP school. We want to ensure that these students arrive on time to both their before school music program and their EAP school. (e.g., northend students heading to Bear Creek for EAP would go to Leota MS for before school music).
  • There may be exceptions that will be given careful consideration based on home addresses, the service area middle school and their EAP school.

The before school music coordinators and transportation team will have another music demonstration/open house on September 17, 2018. Stay tuned for more information as to time and location!

If you haven't done so already, please be sure to complete the 2018-19 Music Transportation Inquiry Form