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Welcome Back Ballard Beavers!

Refer to this page for answers to commonly asked questions about applying to college – both 4 year and 2 year as well as upcoming events and opportunities. 

Ballard HS
Counseling Team

Sonja Petersen
A – Ci 

Sarah Bowman
Cj – Han

Tom Kramer
Hao – Mci

Gail Olson Laing
Mcj – Sch

TBD
Sci – Z

Students & Families

Explore the sections below for details and specifics on each topic for Seniors and their families.

Resources are also available on the Counseling Schoology page.

Students you can also Book an Appointment with your Counselor too.

Check back regularly, as new content is being added.

Post High School Options and Resources for Students

Refer to the Ballard HS Assessments Overview for detailed information about the different kinds of testing that occurs for students at Ballard HS.

Please visit SPS Testing and Assessments for updates and news on how assessments are used and their requirements in Seattle Public Schools.

Refer to the Counseling Center News page often for important upcoming events and information for Ballard High School students and families.

The High School & Beyond Plan is a WA State requirement which helps students set goals and plan for their future including a post high school career/college plan. Seattle Public Schools uses Naviance to support students in creating their High School Graduation Plan.
 
You can’t graduate without one!

Naviance is the district’s tool for students in grades 6 -12 to explore colleges and career paths, analyze skills and talents with career and personality assessments and help stay on track to reach academic goals. 

Naviance is part of the High School and Beyond Plan: A Graduation Requirement.

Visit the district Naviance/High School and Beyond for more information for parents and students.

Graduation Requirements Checklist for Class of 2021 & Beyond | (24 Credits Required to Earn Diploma). Visit the SPS Graduation Requirements page for district updates.

BHS Students What Counts For What?

Students wondering what courses count as CTE Credit or CTE or Science or ART or if Choir counts for PE view the What Counts For What list and find out for sure! If you have any questions at all you can contact your School Counselor too.

The Service Learning Hours Requirement is currently 60 hours as part of graduation.

When is the SL Documentation due for Seniors/Class of 2022 to earn the Above and Beyond Service Learning Award (240 or more hours). If students already have 240 or more hours turned in, they do not need to do anything else in order to receive the award. Hours beyond the required 60 do not appear on The Source. To keep track of SL hours beyond 60, contact Carol Bristol at:  chbristol@seattleschools.org

PE Waivers will be granted for only 1 Semester at a time.

  • A student must take other classes to make up for the missing credits to meet the 24 credit requirement.
  • A student who is a Teacher / Office Assistant or has “late start” / “early release” cannot receive a “Full Academic Schedule” waiver
  • Waivers are available to download or on your counselor’s Schoology page.

Seattle Promise and 2-Year College Applications

  1. Seattle Promise | Visit the Seattle Promise at seattlepromise.seattlecolleges.edu
  2. All Seniors should complete application for free 2 years at North, Central or South Seattle Colleges.

Seattle Promise is a program offered to all Seattle Public School Graduates who wish to attend one of the local Seattle colleges, North, Central, or South. The program provides the first two years (or up to 90 credits) of tuition, additional financial support for books, transportation, housing, etc. to those with financial need, and personal guidance to succeed in college. All Seattle public high school graduates are eligible regardless of grade point average (GPA), income, or country of birth.

The Seattle Promise program provides financial support and ongoing college and career guidance for students to attend one of three Seattle Colleges. 

All graduating seniors are encouraged to apply. Closed on March 1, 2022

BHS Contact: May Saetern, North Seattle College at May.Saetern@Seattlecolleges.edu

  • Formerly the State Need Grant, makes education and training beyond high school affordable. ​
  • Beginning in 2021, more low- and middle-income families now qualify. An eligible student from a family of four making around $50,000 or less per year would receive a full award. Partial grants are available for families making up to the state’s median family income, around $102,000 per year. ​
  • What does it cover? The maximum award amount will cover full tuition at any approved in-state public college or university, including community or technical colleges, or provide a comparable amount toward tuition and other education-related costs at an approved private college or career training program. 
  • For Dual Credit information refer to the College Credit High School page.
  • To learn more visit the WA College Grant website.
  • Full list of eligible schools can be found on the State Financial Aid – Participating Institutions page.

Technical/Trade School or Program

Whether transferring to a university, training for a career or getting the basics, Washington state community & technical colleges have classes, programs and majors for you. 

Visit the Wa State Community and Technical Colleges website for more information about community and technical colleges and programs of study.

Apprenticeships a system of education & training using a planned, closely supervised combination of hands-on, on-the-job training, and academic classroom-style education. 

  • Seattle City Light Apprenticeship program– training for a variety of craft positions in the electrical utility industry. Visit the Seattle City Light website for more details.
  • ANEW -Offers high-quality, pre-apprenticeship training programs that help individuals obtain careers in construction trades. Visit the ANEW website for more information.
  • YEAR UP – One-year training program offers real access to today’s best companies and a proven path to career success. Visit the YearUp site for more details.
  • Job Corps – Offers free education and vocational training to young men & women ages 16 to 24. Visit the Job Corps website for more information.

Study Abroad | Gap Year

Study Abroad

Applying for University Abroad? Here’s some helpful links

Gap Year

Gap Year Opportunities. A gap year is typically a year break before college during which students engage in various educational & developmental activities such as travel or work.

Visit the Go Overseas site at gooverseas.com/gap-year/usa-fairs for more information and assistance and refer to the other options listed below as well.

Military

  • If you’re thinking of enlisting, start with some research
  • It’s a big decision you’ll have important choices to make when you sign up
  • As an active duty enlisted member, you’ll learn job specialty and do hands on work.  You’ll sign a contract, usually for 4 years.
  • The military has 5 branches: Airforce, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, & Navy.  Each has it’s own focus, job specialties, base locations and more.

Visit the Todays Military site todaysmilitary.com/contact-the-services for more information and help or the usa.gov/join-military.

High School Resumes

  • Tips for writing a High School Resume(s)
  • Resume Building | Instructions on how to create and build a resume in Naviance.

Counseling Center Office

Counseling Secretary 
Carol Bristol
206-252-1014
chbristol@seattleschools.org

BHS Student Counselor
Assignment List

Sonja Petersen | Counselor
Student List A – Ci 
206-252-1106 | Out of the building on Fridays
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

TBD | Counselor
Student List Sci – Z 
206-252-1104

Career Connected Learning Coordinator: Mr. Martin; brmartin@seattleschools.org at 206-252-1122


Counseling Center Contacts

School Psychologists 
Nicole Garrie
206-252-1187
nlgarrie@seattleschools.org

BHS Nurse
Laurie Tirtanadi
Office: 206-252-1007
Cell: 206-308-6706
Confidential Fax: 206-743-3106

BHS Teen Health Center
Teen Health Center Info 206-390-3355

Testing Coordinator
TBD | 206-252-1107

Academic Intervention
Lisa Coacher | 206-252-1107
ljcoacher@seattleschools.org

Service Learning
Carol Bristol | 206-252-1014
chbristol@seattleschools.org

Registrar
Kim Nickerson | 206-252-1105
kdnickerson@seattleschools.org 

Fiscal Specialist
Karen Kazanjian
klkazanjian@seattleschools.org

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Email me with tips on information you would like located here or better ways to support your searches on the Ballard HS website. Diane Taylor at dmtaylor@seattleschools.org  Thank you!