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 BHS Course Catalog 2017-18 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.

Please contact the BHS Office at 206-252-1000 or email the BHS Webmaster if you need help with locating, downloading or reading a posted PDF anywhere on the Ballard HS website.

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 pdf icon and links below for more info on each Academy or Pathway.

Academy of Finance - Students applied in 9th & 10th grade by March 24. | AOF Application pdf icon 
Contact: Eric Blazevic at  Website:

Biotech Academy - 8th graders applications were due May 12 to enter Biotech in 9th Grade.
9 Grade Cohort 2017-18 Application pdf icon.
Current BHS 9th grader applied by March 24 to enter Biotech in 10th grade.
10 Grade Cohort 2017-18 Application pdf icon.
Refer to the Biotech Academy page.
Contact: Penny Pagels at Biotech Blog:

Digital Filmmaking Pathway - 8th graders applications were due May 12 to enter in 9th grade. Current 9th graders applied March 24 to enter Digital Film in 10th Grade.
Refer to the Digital Filmmaking Program page for more info. | 2017-18 Application pdf icon
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 was due March 24, 2017. Maritime Academy Application pdf icon 
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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