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    Welcome to the Counseling Center 

    Breaking News!

    The Counselors are not available during the summer, For questions regarding enrollment please contact SPS Enrollment / Admission Information please note the Admission Center is closed and the systems are down starting on July 19 and will reopen on Monday, August 12 from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

    NEW! Class Schedules Will Be Available To View On The Source 9/3 | Students Pick Up Official Schedules On 9/4 In The Commons - Refer To 1st Day Special Bell And Start Times 

    About Us

    The BHS Counseling Office is open from 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. The Ballard Counselors work with students to help them develop strategies for success in academics, in social skills, and in considering their post-high school plans and career options. Counselors encourage students to become aware of their individual strengths, to develop methods for dealing with difficulties, to set goals, and to make good choices. 

    Counselor Information

    Students are assigned to counselors by the first letter of their last name. Counselors work with students to explain the credit system, help students select courses, monitor progress toward achieving graduation requirements, explore interests, and make plans for college application and career options. Counselors also help students deal with social and emotional issues.


    To make an appointment with your counselor, go to the Counseling Center and sign up for an available date and time in the notebook on Ms. Bristol’s desk.

    Fill out a pass from the stack next to the notebook & make sure to write down the appointment in your planner. On the correct date and time, show your pass to your teacher, go to the Counseling Center to meet with your counselor.  Your counselor will sign your pass following your appointment so that you may return to class.

    Running Start

    Students interested in Running Start should visit the Running Start page and schedule an appointment to meet with their Counselor and get their forms signed before enrolling in the Running Start program.


    Ballard High School is happy to host non-profit colleges and universities on campus. Visits are administered via College Reps please schedule your college visit to our school using this program.

    Parking is available in the visitor lot at the front of school, on 65th street. Once you arrive, check into the main office and you will be directed upstairs to the Counseling Center.

    JOB BOARD | After School or Weekend Job, Intern?

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    SUMMER JOB – Collecting for Census Bureau. If you are 18 or turning 18 in the next year, the Census Bureau is looking to hire high school-age students. You get to learn about the government and data collection, plus make up to $25 per hour with flexible hours. Contact the Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339 TTY/ASCII or

    Check the 
    Job Board located outside the Counseling Center too! 
    Ballard High School only shares these postings and does not endorse any of these businesses.

    Contact Information

    Carol Bristol
    Counseling Secretary


    Sonja Petersen | Counselor
    Student List A - Ci
    206-252-1106 | Mon - Thurs

    Sarah Bowman | Counselor
    Student List Cj - Han

    Tom Kramer | Head Counselor
    Student List Hao - Mci 

    Gail Olson Laing | Counselor
    Student List Mcj - Sch 

    Leti Bravo | Counselor
    Student List Sci - Z

    Katie Huguenin
    Counseling Dept. Tasks/Projects

    Updated 7/22/2019

    School Psychologists
    Nicole Garrie | Michelle Dorman
    206-252-1108 | 206-252-1187

    College Career Specialist - TBA

    Lisa Coacher | Mike Broom
    Academic Intervention Specialists


    Lindsay Squires
    Service Learning


    Kim Nickerson


    Teen Health Center


    9th Gr Orientation Packet 18-19
    College Visits & Events
    BHS Course Catalog
    Student/Parent Handbook 18-19
    Service Learning Opportunities
    Student/Parent Info By Grade

    1st Semester Academic Deadlines
    2nd Semester Deadlines