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    Welcome to the Ballard HS Academics Overview Page

    BHS Science Update from Principal Wynkoop

    Ballard High School is a proud community of learners that is supported by a passionate group of parents and alumni to provide a rigorous education for all of our students.  We believe strongly that engaging students in school through academies, pathways, performing arts, athletics & activities increases their learning opportunities.  Simply stated, students who get involved at Ballard High School, perform better at Ballard High School.

    BHS Course Catalog 2017-18

    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 2017-18 pdf icon for detailed information for each course offered at Ballard.

    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.

    1st Semester Academic Deadlines 2017-18 pdf icon  |  2nd Semester Academic Deadlines 2017-18 pdf icon

    Academies and Pathways

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


    Art Department
    Business/Marketing/Computer Sci. Dept
    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 5-11 in our Course Catalog 2017-18 pdf icon and links below for more info on each Academy or Pathway.

    Academy of Finance - Students apply in 9th & 10th grade by TBA.
    Contact: Eric Blazevic at  Website:

    Biotech Academy - 8th graders applications will be posted mid-April and will be due May 11, 2018.
    Current BHS 9th graders deadline March 23, 2018 to enter Biotech in 10th grade.
    Refer to the Biotech Academy page for more info and to download applications.
    Contact: Penny Pagels at Biotech Blog:

    Digital Filmmaking Pathway - 8th graders applications are due Tues, May 1, 2018 to enter in 9th grade. Current 9th graders applications due Thurs, March 1, 2018 to enter Digital Film in 10th Grade.
    Refer to the Digital Filmmaking Program page for more info and to download applications.
    Matt Lawrence at
    BHS Digital Filmmaking Blog:
    DFP Films:

    Maritime Academy - Students may enter the program during their sophomore year.  The application for this academy is due TBA. 
    Contact: John Foster Website: 

    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 Website:

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