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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 – Deg (M-Th)

Maya McKenzie
Deh – Kar

Tom Kramer
Kas – Pes

Gail Olson Laing
Pet – Wat

Katie Huguenin
Wau – Z (T, W, Th)

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.

Counseling News & Updates

Refer to the Counseling Center News, Jobs, Events and more!

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Post High School Options and Resources for Students

Seattle Promise and 2-Year College Applications

  1. Seattle Promise | Visit the Seattle Promise at
  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.

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 for more information and assistance and refer to the other options listed below as well.


  • 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 for more information and help or the

  • Makes education and training beyond high school affordable. ​
  • Beginning in 2021, more low-and middle-income families now qualify.
  • 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.

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.

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 to earn the Above and Beyond Service Learning Award (240 or more hours). If students (seniors) already have 240 or more hours turned in, they do not need to do anything else in order to receive the award. Forms must be completed and submitted by TBD. Hours beyond the required 60 do not appear on The Source. To keep track of SL hours beyond 60, contact Carol Bristol at:

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.

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

BHS Student Counselor
Assignment List

Sonja Petersen | Co-Head Counselor
Student List A – Deg (M-Th) 

Maya McKenzie | Counselor
Student List Deh – Kar 

Tom Kramer | Counselor
Student List Kas – Pes 

Gail Olson Laing | Co-Head Counselor
Student List Pet – Wat 

Katie Huguenin | Counselor
Student List Wau – Z (T,W,Th)

Career Connected Learning Coordinator
Mr. Martin; at 206-252-1122

Counseling Center Contacts

School Psychologist 
Melissa Hoang

BHS Nurse
Beth Guynes
Office: 206-252-1007
Confidential Fax: 206-743-3106

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

Testing Coordinator
Katie Huguenin (AP, PSAT & SAT)

Testing Coordinator
Eric Enign (State Testing)

Service Learning
Carol Bristol | 206-252-1014

Erin Hayes

Fiscal Specialist
Jana Pitman

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