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CLOSED | New Student Course Registration for 21-22 School Year

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The District continues to send new student assignments to high schools weekly. When we receive the notification from the District of a new student getting assigned to Ballard, we will reach out immediately to have them complete course registration.

If you have any questions about course registration for the 2021-2022 school year at Ballard, please contact counselor, Katie Huguenin kwhuguenin@seattleschools.org or leave a voicemail for our Counseling Secretary , Carol Bristol, at 206-252-1014.

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Ballard HS  Academics, Academies & Performing Arts, our  Counseling Center, our Clubs, Athletics & Student ASB as well our  Library

Visit Stay Connected for student & school newsletters and refer to our PTSA Overview for more great info about our school community. View our Instagram page too!

Look at  About Ballard for some interesting & fun Ballard Beaver facts and history. See you next year!

Class 2022, 2023 & 2024 ONLY FOR REFERENCE

STEP 1: Print Out & Complete the Graduation Requirements Checklist 

Review yourGrade History via your Student Source Account and check off all courses you have taken and passed.
Use the following documents to help you complete your checklist:
Graduation Requirements Checklist for Class of 2021 & Beyond   
Graduation Requirements for Class of 2021 & Beyond and Pathways       | Translations available
What Counts for What? What Courses Count for CTE, Art, or PE Credit    | Translations available

STEP 2: Complete Your Course Selection Planning Worksheet
CLASS OF: 2022  | 2023  | 2024 

Use the following documents to help you complete your worksheet:
Your completedGraduation Requirements Checklist 
Course Offerings Quick Reference for Grades (10-12)   | Translations available
BHS Course Catalog  External Link Icon

STEP 3: Submit Course Selection Requests via  Student Source Account

Use the following documents to help you submit your course selections:
Your completedCourse Selection Planning Worksheet 
Instructions To Submit Course Selections Online via the Source   | Translations available

REMINDER!   If you do not complete this CRITICAL STEP  of submitting your course requests within your registration window, it could result in not getting the courses you wanted.

Are You a Current SPS 8th Grader?STEP 1: Complete your  Course Selection Planning Worksheet Class of 2025 pdf icon

Use the following documents to help you complete your worksheet:
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Grade 9 – Course Overview pdf icon   |    Translations available
Course Offerings Quick Reference – Grade 9 pdf icon   |  Translations available
Graduation Requirements for Class of 2021 & Beyond & Pathways pdf icon |   Translations available
BHS Course Catalog 21-22 External Link Icon

STEP 2: Submit Course Selection Requests via Student Source Account 

Use the following documents to help you complete your course selections:
Your completedCourse Selection Planning Worksheet 
Instructions To Submit Course Selections Online via the Source – Grade 8pdf icon  | Translations available Have Questions or Need Help? Please email counselor Katie Huguenin kwhuguenin@seattleschools.org or leave a voicemail for our Counseling Secretary, Carol Bristol, at 206-252-1014. If, after reviewing all of the Course Registration information, you still have questions, you can sign up for a small group Registration Info Session for New Students with Katie Huguenin on the counseling scheduling link. These will be drop-in sessions with multiple families within the same session. 

For students who receive Special Education services: Katie Huguenin, counselor at Ballard, will work with the current middle school IEP teacher and student/family to choose appropriate requests. Students with IEPs do not need to submit their requests online. A member of the BHS Special Education Department will review your course requests and reach out if they have questions.

If you will not be attending Ballard High School, please
1. E-mail the BHS Registrar, Kim Nickerson, at kdnickerson@seattleschools.org, to let Ballard HS know.
2. Complete the Seattle Public School ” Not Attending SPS Form” or contact the district at 206-252-0760.

Your 2021-2022 class schedule will be available before the first day of school. You will receive information regarding school schedules and specific information about events like New Student Orientation over the summer.**Families who do not have an email address listed with their enrollment information will get a call from a BHS Counselor to complete course requests.

Students New to Seattle Public Schools ONLY (Grade 8-11)

STEP 1: Complete your Course Selection Planning Worksheet Class of 2025, 2024, 2023, 2022 pdf icon

Use the following documents to help you complete your worksheet:
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Grade 9 – Course Overview pdf icon   |    Translations available
Course Offerings Quick Reference – Grade 9 pdf icon     | Translations available
Course Offerings Quick Reference – Grades 10-12 pdf icon    |    Translations available
Graduation Requirements for Class of 2021 & Beyond & Pathways pdf icon  |  Translations Available
BHS Course Catalog 21-22 External Link Icon

STEP 2: Email Your Completed Course Selection Planning Worksheet to BHS counselor, Katie Huguenin  kwhuguenin@seattleschools.org 

Have Questions or Need Help? Please email counselor Katie Huguenin kwhuguenin@seattleschools.org or leave a voicemail for our Counseling Secretary, Carol Bristol, at 206-252-1014. If, after reviewing all of the Course Registration information, you still have questions, you can sign up for a small group Registration Info Session for New Students with Katie Huguenin on the counseling scheduling link. These will be drop-in sessions with multiple families within the same session.

For students who receive Special Education services: Katie Huguenin, counselor at Ballard, will work with the student/family to choose appropriate requests. A member of the BHS Special Education Department will review your course requests and reach out if they have questions.

If you will not be attending Ballard High School, please
1. E-mail the BHS Registrar, Kim Nickerson, at kdnickerson@seattleschools.org, to let Ballard HS know.
2. Complete the Seattle Public School ” Not Attending SPS Form” or contact the district at 206-252-0760.

Your 2021-2022 class schedule will be available before the first day of school. You will receive information regarding school schedules and specific information about events like New Student Orientation over the summer.

**Families who do not have an email address listed with their enrollment information will get a call from a BHS Counselor to complete course requests.

SPS Current 8th Graders & New Students Course Registration Overview

  

Watch Course Registration video on YouTube

Carol Bristol
Counseling Secretary

206-252-1014
chbristol@seattleschools.org


BHS Student Counselor Assignment Breakdown

Students are assigned to Counselors by the first letter of their last name.

Sonja Petersen | Counselor
Student List A – Ci
206-252-1106 | Mon – Thurs
slpetersen@seattleschools.org

Sarah Bowman | Counselor
Student List Cj – Han
206-252-1011
sabowman@seattleschools.org

Tom Kramer | Head Counselor
Student List Hao – Mci 
206-252-1102
tkramer@seattleschools.org

Gail Olson Laing | Counselor
Student List Mcj – Sch
206-252-1103
gsolsonlaing@seattleschools.org

Leti Bravo | Counselor
Student List Sci – Z
206-252-1104
lrbravo@seattleschools.org

FAQ | General  Questions

Q: What makes Ballard High standout above the rest?
A: There are lots of great options for high schools in Seattle Public Schools, but of course we think that Ballard is the best place for your student to flourish. A fundamental component that we emphasize from the first day of school is becoming involved and engaged at Ballard. We know what 1650 students can seem daunting, so we are committed to providing endless opportunities for students to make the big feel small. This can be through joining an academy or pathway, it can be through sports, our performing arts or one of our more than 50 student run clubs. The most important thing that your 9th grader can do is to find their community through one or more of these options and this will only be more important as we return to in-person instruction. We know that students that are involved at Ballard High School do better at Ballard academically, socially, mentally and physically. Make sure this is part of the conversations that you are having with your student as the school year approaches.

Q: Will there be in-person tours this year?
A: Typically, we love to invite families into our school for “Choices Night” and offer tours throughout February, but because of COVID and district policy we are unable to have any non-staff-members in the building. This year we will be holding the event completely virtually and asynchronously. Information and videos to learn more will continuously be added to this webpage leading up to February 4th, when all materials will be added for you to explore whenever convenient.

Q: What orientation events/resources are available for an incoming 11th grader?
A: Registration with your counselor ahead of coming to Ballard will set you up well for your first day, and beyond that it is all about getting involved! Many Transfer Students have found great community by joining an Athletics Team or one of our Performing Arts Programs. You should also check out the many clubs and organizations available and consider what sorts of extra-curriculars you want to try out; clubs are open to all students and no experience in any subject is necessary.

Q: My child has an existing IEP. How will this be transitioned to high school?
A: Students with IEPs will be assigned a case manager who will review the IEP and amend as needed to accommodate for the changes from middle to high school. Students receive an individualized education at Ballard High School based on their specific strengths and needs and will be enrolled in classes based on their IEP minutes that deliver specially designed instruction for their IEP goals and general education courses. For more information or specific questions, contact the Ballard High School Special Education Department Chairs: Melissa Baron, Joe Bushek, Robyn Maddess, or Jim Auld.

Q: When will we know if students will be remote, hybrid, or in-person next year?
A: The School Board will make the final decision for what format school is in for the 21-22 school year. Every conversation that is happening at the district level is that school will at least be an in-person hybrid model, and that hopefully the vaccines have become widespread enough to allow for full in-person school in September. The final decision will likely not be made until the Summer though.

Q: Can students leave school for lunch?

A: Yes! Ballard students love the options available for off-campus lunch around our school, and student favorites include MOD Pizza, Taco Del Mar, Tony’s Teriyaki, and Dick’s Burgers. 


FAQ | Course Offerings | Student Activities

Q: Please share more about the academies – overview of each one, pros/cons, do they help make Ballard a more intimate/smaller experience, how does it make your experience different if you aren’t in an academy?
A: We encourage you to go to the Academics page of our website to learn more about the various academies and pathways. In general, the Biotech Academy is unique among them, as it only starts in the 9th grade and is a three-period cohort for three years of core classes. It’s a great program, but you should only join if you are interested in Science. The rest of the programs are a single-period electives that you take for one to four years focused on a potential career interest. Project Lead the Way (Engineering) and Digital Film can be joined in any grade level, while the Maritime Academy and the Academy of Finance do not start until students are Juniors or Seniors. All these programs provide great exposure to potential college majors or careers. Biotech is a cohort model where you would half of your classes for three years with the same group of 50-60 students. Many students love these connections, but most students do not join an academy or pathway and others might just take an introductory course in Digital Film or Engineering without continuing.

Q: Do incoming 9th graders take a math placement test?

A: We do not offer placement tests. Students generally should take the next class in the math sequence based on what they are currently taking (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, etc.) and in consultation with their current math teacher. One special course that we offer is called Intensified Algebra. A strong grasp of Algebra I is vital to the future success of students, so Intensified Algebra is a two-period block of Algebra I that also gives an elective credit. They spend time breaking down why some students think they are not good at math and take the time to work to resolve this. If your 9th grader is not confident in math, but is ready to work at improving, Intensified Algebra could be a vital class for them to take.

Q: Can you tell me about your music and performing arts programs?

A: The award-winning Ballard High School Performing Arts Program has gained regional, national, and international acclaim for its dynamic and inspired performances. The Music Department includes three concert bands, three concert choirs, three concert orchestras, percussion ensemble, two jazz bands, one jazz choir, multiple chamber ensembles and a marching band of nearly 200 musicians. The Theatre Department offers classes in Technical Theatre and Theatre I and II while the Ballard Playmakers produce two plays and one musical theatre production each year. More than 450 students—about one fourth of the school—participate in these music and theatre opportunities. Ballard Performing Arts sets a high standard of excellence for all students, ensembles, and productions while developing individual artistry through the study of high-quality repertoire and exceptional performance opportunities. Learn more: ballardperformingarts.org

Q: How many honor classes do you recommend for freshman who want a challenging experience but not be too overwhelmed? How do Honors and Core classes work in the same classroom?
A: There is no way to answer this question for every student. Students come in at different levels of preparedness and have different strengths and passions, so parents and students should keep this in mind when making their selections. It is a core philosophy of ours that students working towards both Honors and Core credit should be educated in the same classroom, so all our Honors classes are integrated within Core classes. This means that generally the instruction will be the same, but that Honors students will be expected to complete more or more challenging aspects on assessments. Sometimes this means completing more elements of a project and often it means being required to complete more complex tasks that show a greater depth of understanding. We also believe that all students can work at the Honors level, but that they should have the opportunity to choose which subjects to pursue a greater challenge.

Q: Do counselors get assigned to Freshman in the Spring and advise about what classes to register for? Beyond initial Freshman class registration, do Counselors advise about what classes to take?
A: All students have an assigned Counselor based on their last name. Counselors assist all students with registration for classes each year. Go to the Counseling Center page for more information about your students Counselor.

Q: How do 9th graders get registered for the appropriate math, science and English classes?
A: All 9th graders take intro to Lit & Comp 9 A/B (English). Biology is the first science class students will take unless they have already done so in Middle School. Students take the math class next in the sequence after the previous math class they completed in Middle School. Go to Academics Overview for more information and refer to the Course Catalog.

Q: If a student is transferring in at a higher-grade level (e.g. as a junior), how do they calibrate previous course work so as to choose the right level course at BHS?
A: They will work with their assigned Counselorreviewing their previous coursework and what they need to take continuing at BHS prior to registering.

Q: If you are currently in HCC and come to Ballard, do you have to retake classes like math and science?
A: Students would not repeat a class if they have already taken and passed it previously. If it was a high school level class (e.g. Algebra 1, Biology) they continue onto the next class in the sequence or grade level.

Q: How do you know if you should take a class as regular, Honors or AP?

A: The best answer to this question is to think about their schedule as a whole and what other commitments they have that are important to them. High school classes are often harder than any middle school classes, but there is a big range of experiences within our 450 9th graders. 9th graders are almost never in an AP course, but make sure to build the habits you will need to be successful in AP and College in the High School courses from the beginning. All students can be successful in college level courses, but it requires preparation, time and sometimes support.

Q: Do you register in the Spring for the all of your classes for the following year (both semesters) or do you register for Fall only in the preceding Spring (one semester)?

A: Students register in the Spring for the entire following year. Most classes are yearlong classes, but students often have 1-2 semester electives to choose from. Think carefully about what you choose, as there are very few scheduled changes that we can make after registration.

Q: How does an incoming 9th grader apply to any of the academies or pathways? When is the deadline?
A: Information about Academies and Pathways can be found on our Academics page. No applications are required for the 2021-2022 school year.

Q: What is the difference between IB at Ingraham and AP or College in the High Schools classes at Ballard?
A: IB stands for International Baccalaureate and it is a wonderful program that is offered at many international schools around the world. Advanced Placement courses are aligned to college standards and students have the option to take a national exam in the Spring that if they pass may result in credit depending on what college they attend. College in the High School classes are courses aligned to college standards at local colleges that offer credit through those institutions for a reduced rate. If your student is interested in attending college in a different country, then IB may give them an advantage in their applications, as IB was created for international programs. For colleges in the United States and Canada, they are going to view AP, CIHS and IB courses the same. They want to know that students are challenging themselves and working to prepare for the rigors of college. That means that there is not a difference in how the IB classes will be viewed versus the AP and CIHS courses at Ballard for most students.

Q: I’ve heard Freshman can’t do PE waivers because of Health class. Is this true? Do all Freshman take Health in the Fall and PE class in the Spring? Or if registering by semester only, does the “no PE waivers” apply for Freshman Fall only so they can do a PE waiver for Spring? What if their team sport is actually a Fall sport, can it apply for a Spring PE waiver?
A: First, three semesters of PE are required for graduation. The state allows these semesters to be waived if students meet certain requirements. The most common ways that students qualify for PE waivers are through playing a school sport or having six academic classes for all four years of their high school career. Waivers aren’t granted until students are Juniors, but sports from their 9th and 10th grade years can be used to earn those waivers. That being said, Ballard offers some excellent PE classes and we strongly encourage your students to take advantage of them. Classes like Weight Training and Lifetime Sports are loved by students and create happy, healthy teenagers.

Q: What PE options does Ballard High School have? Do you have Partner PE?
A: Students are required to take 3 semesters of PE for graduation. We offer Partner PE along with several other PE options. Go to our Academics Overview page for more information in the Course Catalog.

School Activities & Culture

Q: How can I get more information on various athletic programs?
A: To get information on specific programs, such as off-season workout offerings, you can reach out to the head coach of the program. All our head coaches have contact information are listed on the BHS Athletics Directory. If you have any general questions about our athletic programs, feel free to reach out to Eric Ensign at erensign@seattleschools.org

Q: Will there be tryouts for sports teams like basketball? How can I sign up?
A: For all “Cut Sports,” tryouts occur the first couple of days of the official start date for a season. If an athlete wishes to participate in off-season workouts, they don’t need to have officially made a team, but everyone is required to go through the tryout process at the beginning of each season, which includes current athletes who have participated in a regular season in the past. To sign up for a sport, fill out the athletic paperwork through Final Forms – there’s a link on the BHS Athletics page.

Q: What is the status of hiring a Band Director? Will one be in place for the fall?
A: After our previous Band Director resigned right before the school year began, we found a fabulous replacement that has been in the position since the end of September. We are not sure whether he will continue beyond this year, but a permanent Band Director will be in place to start the 21-22 school year.

Printed copies may be requested if families are unable to access remotely by emailing the Counseling Secretary, Carol Bristol at chbristol@seattleschools.org or calling the BHS Counseling Office at 206-252-1014.

Updated 4/26/21

Course Registration 2021-22 School Year

Ballard Building with cherry trees

Online Registration By Grade Level

Grade 11 | Class of 2022 | Feb 9 – 22
Mid-Winter Break | Feb 15-19
Grade 10 | Class of 2023 | Feb 23-March 1
Grade 9 | Class of 2024 | March 2 – 8

For students new to SPS the district will be sending new student assignments in April. Once wereceive notification from the district, we will reach out to newly assigned BHS students to complete registration.


Registration Timeline

Online Fall Registration for Returning Ballard HS Students begins February . Refer to grade level timeline. Online registration instructions will be outlined on this page.

Online Fall Registration for Seattle Public School current 8th Graders will begin in April . Registration information and instructions will be outlined on this page as they become available.

Online Fall Registration for students NEW to Seattle Public Schools current 8th – 11th grades will begin in April . Registration information and instructions will be outlined on this page as they become available. 


Ballard HS Counseling Center Contact Information

Carol Bristol
Counseling Secretary

206-252-1014
chbristol@seattleschools.org


BHS Student Counselor Assignment Breakdown

Students are assigned to Counselors by the first letter of their last name.

Sonja Petersen | Counselor
Student List A – Ci
206-252-1106 | Mon – Thurs
slpetersen@seattleschools.org

Sarah Bowman | Counselor
Student List Cj – Han
206-252-1011
sabowman@seattleschools.org

Tom Kramer | Head Counselor
Student List Hao – Mci 
206-252-1102
tkramer@seattleschools.org

Gail Olson Laing | Counselor
Student List Mcj – Sch
206-252-1103
gsolsonlaing@seattleschools.org

Leti Bravo | Counselor
Student List Sci – Z
206-252-1104
lrbravo@seattleschools.org