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    Welcome to the Ballard HS Academics Overview Page

    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.

    Additional information is available on the links below for the following topics:

    BHS 9th Grade ELA Honors-Core Class Plan & FAQ

    SPS Science and 24 Credits Graduation Requirement

    BHS Course Catalog 2018-19  

    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 for detailed information for each course offered at Ballard.

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

    1st Semester Academic Deadlines 2018-19 pdf icon  |  2nd Semester Academic Deadlines 2018-19  pdf icon

    Academies and Pathways

    • Academy of Finance
    • Ballard Martime Program
    • Biotechnology Career Academy
    • Digital Filmmaking Pathway
    • 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. Visit the SPS CTE webpage for more information.

    Performing Arts Department: Band, Choir, Orchestra & Theatre

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

    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 6-13 in our Course Catalog  pdf icon and links below for more info on each Academy, Program or Pathway.

    Academy of Finance - Students apply in 9th & 10th grade were due 3/23/18.
    Visit the Academy of Finance webpage for more details.
    Contact: Eric Blazevic at .  Website:

    Ballard Maritime Program is an interdisciplinary academic program at Ballard HS which combines maritime skills, maritime history, marine science and research. Every class in the program is a Career and Technical Education course, and the Ocean course is a lab science course.  Website: Ballard Maritime Academy
    Visit the Ballard Maritime Program webpage for more details and to download an application.
    Contacts: John Foster at or Noam Gundle at

    Biotech Academy - 8th Graders Biotech Applications (incoming 9th Grade) were due on 5/11. Current BHS 9th graders deadline was 3/23 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  were due on 5/11 to enter in 9th grade. Current 9th graders applications were due 3/23 to enter Digital Film in the 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:

    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:

    Running Start

    Running Start is a program for High School Juniors and Seniors to take college classes at Washington two year colleges and earn high school and college credit at the same time. Tuition is free for a maximum of 15 credits per quarter in college-level courses numbered 100 or higher. However, the number of college credits each student may take free of tuition costs depends on how many classes the student is concurrently taking at the high school. Students are responsible for tuition for pre-college courses (numbering below 100) and any credits that exceed their allowable limit. Students are responsible for the cost of books and transportation; however, fee waivers for these expenses (not including transportation) are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.  Visit the BHS Running Start page for more information on eligibility and steps  to get started. 

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