What began in 1989 as a modest pilot program at Rainier Beach High School is now a model for an effective school-based health care system, serving over 10,000 elementary, middle and high school students each year across King County (and part of a larger Washington State network).

Funded by the Seattle Families and Education Levy (managed by the City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning), the Best Starts for Kids Levy and King County General Funds, school-based health center services are coordinated by Public Health–Seattle & King County. Several community health care partners are part of a system that operates school-based health centers at over 30 elementary, middle and high schools, including Kaiser Permanente, Swedish Medical Center, Public Health–Seattle & King County, Neighborcare Health, HealthPoint, International Community Health Services and Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (Seattle Children’s Hospital), providing nearly 50,000 health care visits annually.Clinic Picture

School-based health centers offer a comprehensive scope of services including asthma care, immunizations, family planning, and mental health counseling (learn more from the Washington State School-Based Health Alliance FAQ). In addition to addressing health care concerns, they also promote good health for a lifetime through good nutrition education, supportive relationships, and reinforcement of positive self-images.

Below is a logic model developed for Seattle and King County school-based health services (click link to enlarge):


Sponsoring Organizations

HealthPoint Community Health Centers:

  • Evergreen High School (Highline School District)
  • Renton High School (Renton School District)
  • Tyee Campus (Highline School District)

International Community Health Services:

  • Highland Middle School (Bellevue School District)
  • Seattle World School (Seattle Public Schools)

Kaiser Permanente (formerly Group Health Cooperative):

  • Aki Kurose Middle School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Franklin High School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Interagency Academy (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Nathan Hale High School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Washington Middle School (Seattle Public Schools)

Neighborcare Health:

  • Bailey Gatzert Elementary (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Chief Sealth High School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Dearborn Park Elementary (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Denny International Middle School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Hamilton International Middle School (mental health only; Seattle Public Schools)
  • Highland Park Elementary (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Madison Middle School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Mercer Middle School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Roosevelt High School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Roxhill Elementary (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Van Asselt Elementary (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Vashon High School (also serving Chatauqua Elementary and McMurray Middle School; Vashon Island School District)
  • West Seattle Elementary (Seattle Public Schools)
  • West Seattle High School (Seattle Public Schools)

Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (Seattle Children’s Hospital):

  • Beacon Hill International School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Garfield High School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Madrona Elementary (Seattle Public Schools)

Public Health–Seattle & King County:

  • Cleveland High School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Ingraham High School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Kent-Phoenix Academy (Kent School District)
  • Rainier Beach High School (Seattle Public Schools)

Swedish Medical Center:

  • Ballard High School (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Gibson Ek Innovative High School (Issaquah School District)
  • Issaquah High School (mental health only) (Issaquah School District)
  • Liberty High School (mental health only) (Issaquah School District)
  • Skyline High School (mental health only) (Issaquah School District)
  • Woodinville High School (mental health only) (Northshore School District)

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