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    Welcome to the Counseling Center

    Breaking News! | Seniors: If you did not receive a Senior Checkout form in you L.A. class on Monday, 6/10, please pick one up from the Counseling Center, or download the Senior Checkout Form. Please pay close attention to your assigned time to check out with your counselor on Friday, 6/14.

    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 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. Ask for Helen Maynard | Ballard HS College Career Specialist at

    JOB BOARD | After School or Weekend Job, Intern?

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    Museum of History & Industry is now accepting applications for our 2019-20 Youth Advisors (MYA) program! Youth Advisors ages 14-18 make the museum more welcoming for their peers by finding fun and creative ways to connect teens with MOHAI. MYA offers PAID positions for a ten-month commitment (September-June). Students can apply Due June 30th.

    – 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

    Shen Zen Tea, Kombucha Brewers
    job opportunity!  View Flyer and talk to Ms Maynard in the Counseling Center for more details.

    The Federal Trade Commission Northwest Regional Office in Seattle is hiring a summer intern for administrative and office support! The vacancy announcement can be found under Students and recent graduates under the Federal Trade Commission on The announcement number is EEO-2019-0001. Please contact Nicole Worley 206-220-4478 or with any other questions.

    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 - Cig
    (A - Coh Seniors)

    206-252-1106 | Mon - Thurs

    Sarah Bowman | Counselor
    Student List Cih - Han
    (Coi - Ha Seniors)


    Tom Kramer | Head Counselor
    Student List Hao - Mci 
    (Hb - Mi Seniors)


    Gail Olson Laing | Counselor
    Student List Mcj - Sch 
    (Mj - Sa Seniors)

    Leti Bravo | Counselor
    Student List Sci - Z
    (Sb - Z Seniors)

    Katie Huguenin
    Counseling Dept. Tasks/Projects

    Updated 1/13/2019

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

    Helen Maynard
    College Career Specialist

    Lisa Coacher | Mike Broom
    Academic Intervention Specialists

    Grayce Mitchell
    Service Learning 206-252-1015

    Kim Nickerson

    Teen Health Center


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