Chief Sealth International High School & Denny International Middle School

Recent Updates

Denny Sealth Rendering

Construction Schedule Overview

Summer 2008 – Chief Sealth International High School Construction Begins
Fall 2008 – Chief Sealth Students Relocate to Boren School
Fall 2010 – Modernized Chief Sealth International High School Opens
Winter 2011 - New Denny International Middle School Opens
Summer 2011 – New Community/Sealth Fields Open


Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School are co-located on one campus. An innovative design encourages strong connections to:

  • The diverse world we live in
  • An attitude of environmental stewardship
  • A personalized middle through high school learning opportunity for every student

The campus will provide new, separate outdoor student plazas for Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School students. Landscaping and building forms express environmental sensitivity and a connection to nearby Longfellow Creek. The new Denny Building will feature murals, paving patterns that reflect global diversity, safe, off-street bus loading, new play areas and an environmental learning space.

Chief Sealth International High School’s modernization will focus on abating life-safety issues, improving energy efficiency and comfort, revitalizing the school’s appearance inside and out, and creating a superior educational environment.

Denny International Middle School students will move from their current building into a new school located next to Chief Sealth. The new building encourages team learning, a clear and flexible pathway to high school, and provides the many benefits of a 21st century facility.

A new, large Galleria space between the two schools offers the flexibility of either separate schools, joint school or community uses. The light-filled and expressive structure will accommodate student services, student activity spaces, large display areas, and dining facilities.

The current Denny International Middle School buildings will be razed so that a new community/sports field area can be created for the neighborhood. The Chief Sealth High School sports complex will be upgraded also.

Sustainable Design

Environmental responsiveness is integrated into the schools’ design. Some key features are:

Air and Light

New buildings are oriented to maximize effective daylighting and ventilation


Green and butterfly roofs
Bioswales to regulate stormwater discharge
Drought-tolerant landscaping reduces irrigation.


Energy-efficient heating and lighting systems
Radiant floor heating
Natural ventilation in the Galleria space
Daylight-controlled light fixtures
New wall insulation and thermal windows

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