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Prepare for High School Graduation and Become College and Career Ready

The Seattle Public Schools strategic plan outlines the goal of all students prepared for college, career and life. Our goal is college for all students, because we believe that education beyond high school is essential for success. We define college as any degree or certificate granting post-secondary institution or apprenticeship program.

Refer to the BHS Course Catalog  and visit the specific grade level tabs below for more detailed information. View the BHS Online Student Handbook for specific helpful information for the school year.

 

Welcome Ballard HS Freshman! Your Class Color is Grey Breaking News! New! 9th Grade Orientation | Wed, Aug 25, 2021

9th Grade Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 25 from 9:30-noon starting on the field. Don’t miss this fun and engaging chance to meet your Link Crew Leaders (Junior and Seniors mentors assigned to every 9th Grader) and to get introduced to the building and pick up your ORCA Cards too!

Sorry parents, but this is for 9th Graders only.

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BHS Counselors

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. Visit the BHS Counseling Center page for important information for students with upcoming events and opportunities.

Freshman Year Checklist

Use this checklist to make sure you are doing everything necessary to make the most of your freshman year.

FALL | September – November

  • Review your schedule – Make sure that you are taking the right classes to apply to college. College entrance requirements are different from high school graduation requirements and will require you to take more credits in particular areas.
    Research – Learn more about college and get familiar with college terminology. Review your student handbook for what it takes to apply and be accepted to college. Your preparation for college begins in your freshman year.
    Get involved – Start or stay involved with extracurricular activities – things you do outside of school and studying such as sports, leadership, the arts, community service, internships, or working. This will help you manage your time and stay focused in class as well as explore your interests.
    Keep track & build your resume – As you get involved with extracurricular activities, create a master list or resume of the things you have done. Continue to update this list as you move through high school. Having this information in one location and organized will help you fill out college and scholarship applications.
    Vocalize your goal – Tell your friends and family that you want to go to college. You will need help and emotional support throughout the entire process of preparing for college. By sharing your goal with others, you can get help to stay focused and get the extra guidance you need.

WINTER | December – March

  • Counselors Get to know your high school counselor and their support team. They are able to help you prepare for college and succeed in high school. Meet with them throughout your entire time in high school. Stay focused – Continue to do well in your courses. Freshman year grades are important and colleges strongly consider your performance. Your freshman year supports the rest of your time in high school so stay focused.
    Sophomore schedule – Make sure that you continue to challenge yourself and take the necessary academic courses. Colleges look positively on upward trends in your grades as well as how you push yourself each semester and year.

SPRING | April – June

  • Finish strong – Make sure you get all the help you need to succeed in classes. Colleges will look at your courses and grades from all years, including your freshman year.

SUMMER(after freshman year)

  • Prepare for next year – Ask your teachers what you can be doing to prepare for your classes during your sophomore year.
    Reading list – Start a summer reading list and pick books that will help you in your sophomore classes and improve your vocabulary.
    Community Service – Begin to think about how you will complete your graduation requirement of 60 hours of service learning. Starting early in your high school career will make sure you have plenty of time to complete your hours. Remember to keep track of your hours and necessary information on your resume.

SPS Freshman Year Checklist – College Preparation (posted soon). Visit SPS High School, College, Career for more information.

Resources

Helpful Handouts – Handouts are posted as they become available. Please contact the Ballard Main Office at 206-252-1000 or email the BHS Website Editor if you need help with locating, downloading or accessing a PDF.

Service Learning Information

Please Note: Students may fulfill up to 15 hours of their Service Learning graduation requirement during the summer between 8th and 9th grade as long as it meets the criteria set by the school.  Any hours completed during the summers between 9th and 10 grade and also 10th and 11th grade that meet the Service Learning requirement can be counted toward the 60-hour graduation requirement.Visit the Service Learning page for more information and current month Service Learning Opportunities. For current Event Date information please refer to the Ballard Website Calendar.

Welcome BHS Sophomores! Your Class Color is White

Have a Great Summer!

Visit the BHS Counseling Dashboard pageOFTEN for current information for students.



College/Career Preparation Checklist

Use this checklist to make sure you are doing everything necessary to make the most of your sophomore year.

FALL | September – November

  • PSAT – Take the  Preliminary SAT (PSAT) exam usually offered in October ( In School Cancelled for 20-21). This is a practice exam for regular SAT you may have to take in order to apply to college. Taking the PSAT will prepare you for the SAT and allow you to be considered for national scholarships based upon your scores. Also follow the deadlines for registration if you are interested in taking the ACT exam.
  • Continue to be involved – Stay involved in extracurricular activities. This will help you stay focused in class as well as explore your interests. Remember to keep track of what you participate in on your resume.
  • College fairs – Attend the National College Fair in Seattle in November. Visit nacacnet.org to learn more about the details. You can learn about hundreds of colleges in one place.

WINTER | December – March

  • Talk about your plans Meet with your counselor to discuss your college plans. Make sure you share your plans with people who support you.
  • Stay focused – Continue to do well in your courses. Sophomore year grades are important and colleges strongly consider your performance and your growth.

SPRING | April – June

  • Junior schedule – Select your schedule for the junior year and make sure that you continue to challenge yourself and take the necessary academic courses for graduation and college.
  • Review your High School and Beyond Plan
  • Obtain your high school transcript and graduation checklist for review.
  • Review your resume, use the Activities Log workshee t on High School and Beyond Plan tool to help. 
  • Finish your classes on a positive note.
  • AP/Running Start – Think about taking Advanced Placement (AP), or Running Start classes during your junior and senior year. This will help you prepare for college and can allow you to earn college credit.

SUMMER(after sophomore year)

  • College visits – Explore your college options and visit the ones you think you might want to attend. Take a campus tour, visit with the admissions office, and talk with current students – make the most of your time.
  • Summer opportunities – Look for summer activities, such as jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities.

Resources

Resources are posted as they become available. Visit the SPS Helping Students Prepare for High School Graduation and Become College/Career Ready page.


Service Learning Information

Please Note: Any hours completed during the summers between 9th and 10th grade and also 10th and 11th grade that meet the Service Learning requirement can be counted toward the 60-hour graduation requirement.

Visit the Service Learning page for more information and current month Service Learning Opportunities.

Welcome BHS Juniors! Your Class Color is Red

Have a Great Summer!

Don’t miss upcoming events and opportunities! Visit the BHS Counseling Dashboard pageOFTEN for important news.


Junior Year Career and College Planning Checklist


September

 Review your course schedule–take the most challenging and appropriate classes for your abilities.
 Stay involved in extracurricular activities—balance fun with academics.
 Continue developing your college list with the name of schools you might apply—complete the My Thoughts on College worksheet to help you.

 Use the following websites to help in your career and college search:

bigfuture.collegeboard.org  careerbridge.wa.gov  knowhow2go.acenet.edu

October

 Keep studying hard—junior year grades are really important for colleges to see.
 Take the PSAT (October) In-School Cancelled for 20-21
 Attend the National College Fair (November)
 Attend presentations by college representatives visiting BHS (in Career and Counseling Center.)

November

 Keep your grades up–use any resources available to help you get the most out of your classes.
 Continue gathering information about potential colleges you might apply to senior year.

December

 Incorporate studying for the ACT or SAT in your daily work.
 Check grades and seek help for academic areas you may be struggling with now.

January

 Plan your classes for senior year—check in with your counselor.
 Review your PSAT results and determine if you might benefit from SAT prep.
 Keep studying for the ACT or SAT

February

 Make the end of the 1st semester a good one—keep studying/working!
 Plan your ACT or SAT test taking schedule for this Spring and the Fall of senior year.
 Start researching summer opportunities including internships, jobs, volunteer work, summer programs, etc.

March

 Take the SAT scheduled at Ballard High School.
 Register for any ACT, SAT or SAT Subject tests for this Spring and the Fall of senior year, if you have not already.
 Attend any Spring college fairs

April

 Check grades and keep working hard.
 Visit colleges during Spring Break or continue researching them online during your time off.
 Start a writing folder making your initial responses to essay prompts for college applications. Use the prompts from the Common Application, University of Washington or other colleges, if available on their websites.

May

 Prepare a resume, use the Activities Log worksheet to help
 Possible ACT, SAT or SAT Subject Tests to take
 Take the AP exams, if appropriate

June

 Finish out your classes on a positive note.
 Take any ACT, SAT or SAT Subject Tests you may have scheduled.
 Contact two teachers who know you well and ask if they would write a recommendation letter—make sure to give them a copy of your resume.


Resources

Resources are posted as they become available. Visit the SPS Helping Students Prepare for High School Graduation and Become College/Career Ready page.


Service Learning Information

The Service Learning graduation requirement is 60-hours. For more information and current service learning opportunities please visit BHS Service Learning.

Ballard HS Seniors! Class Color is Black

Have a Great Summer!



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BHS Counseling Center Important News

Students and families visit the BHS Counseling Center Dashboard page  OFTEN for upcoming student events, opportunities and more!

College Readiness

There are many steps students should take to be prepared for college. From Advanced Placement courses and Running Start to school-day SAT, we have gathered some resources to help students learn about options that have during high school. Learn more about college readiness.

Naviance

Students use Naviance to explore colleges and career paths, analyze skills and talents and help them stay on track to reach academic goals. Naviance fosters post-high school planning communication and collaboration for students, counselors and families. Learn more about Naviance. Review the How Students Access Naviance for more tips and information.  In addition, review information on Parent and Guardian Naviance Access as well if interested. 

Career Readiness

Through Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, Seattle Skills Center and other learning experiences, our district is helping prepare students for life after high school graduation. Learn about career readiness.

Visit the SPS Helping Students Prepare for High School Graduation and Become College/Career Ready page and the Ballard High School individual student pages (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior & SPREE) for important events, deadlines & upcoming information for students, parents and guardians.