Academics

Welcome to the Ballard HS Academic Page

BHS  Course Catalog

The purpose of the Ballard High School Course Catalog is to familiarize students and parents with information about school procedures, curriculum, graduation requirements, and post secondary planning. While this catalog is intended to be definitive, elective courses are offered based on student sign-up and staffing availability. Refer to the Course Catalog 2016-17 pdf icon for detailed information for each course offered at Ballard High School.

Visit the Assessments and Testing page for information and updates on the different types of testing that happen for students over the course of their four years at Ballard.


Academies and Pathways

  • Academy of Finance
  • Biotechnology Career Academy
  • Digital Filmmaking Pathway
  • Maritime Academy
  • Project Lead the Way Pathway

Departments

Art Department
Business/Marketing Education Department
English Language Arts Department
English Language Department (ELL)
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Fitness Department
Mathematics Department


Career & Technical Education

Seattle Public Schools offers a wide range of programs that provide students with a head start on college and careers in high-skill, high-wage and high-demand occupations. These fall under the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department. See the CTE webpage for more information.


Performing Arts Department: Band, Choir, Orchestra & Theatre

Visit the Performing Arts Website for additional information on each department.


Science Department

Refer to the Greenhouse Webpage for more information.


Academies and Pathways

A unique feature of Ballard High School is that we offer several Academies and Pathways while simultaneously respecting students’ individual choices. Academies and Pathways are arranged around a theme or subject. Students do not have to select an Academy or Pathway. Approximately one third of our students choose to do so; all other students choose a wide range of required and elective courses. Refer to pages 9-14 in our Course Catalog pdf icon and links below for more info on each Academy or Pathway.

Academy of Finance - Students apply in the spring of 9th grade. 
Contact: Eric Blazevic at edblazevic@seattleschools.org.  Website: naf.org

Biotech Academy - 8th graders apply April 17th - May 12th, 2017 to enter Biotech in 9th Grade and current 9th graders apply in spring of 9th grade to enter Biotech in 10th grade.   
Refer to the Biotech Academy page for more information.
Contact: Penny Pagels at pepagels@seattleschools.org. Biotech Blog: ballardbiotech.blogspot.com

Digital Filmmaking Pathway - 8th graders apply by Fri, May 12, 2017 to enter in 9th grade.
9th graders apply by Fri, March 24, 2017 to enter Digital Film in 10th Grade.
Refer to the Digital Filmmaking Program page for more information | 2017-18 Application pdf icon
Contact:
Matt Lawrence at mplawrence@seattleschools.org
BHS Digital Filmmaking Blog: bhsvideo.blogspot.com
Additional Resource: vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram

Maritime Academy - Students apply in the spring of 9th grade.
Contact: John Foster jffoster@seattleschools.org. Website: ballardmaritimeacademy.wordpress.com 

Project Lead the Way / Pre-Engineering Pathway - No application is required for this pathway. Students may choose Intro to Engineering Design, the first course in the pathway.
Contact: Brian Connolly at baconnolly@seattleschools.org. Website: pltw.org

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