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    Service Learning Information

    Lindsay Squires is our Service Learning Coordinator. She is on campus two days per week (Tues & Thurs)  in the Counseling Office or can be reached at 206-252-1015.

    Lindsay meets with every ninth grader in health class to help them find options that suit their interests, and she also meets with upperclassmen throughout the year. She maintains a Service Learning Bulletin Board outside the Counseling Office where she posts opportunities for service learning.

    One of the graduation requirements for the Seattle School District is 60 hours of service learning. Service learning is giving time, without pay, to a non-profit or government agency. Service learning allows students to learn and to apply academic, social and personal skills through real hands on activities. Students make a difference and address authentic community needs. As part of service learning, students are asked to reflect and report on their experiences.

    Summer hours that your student completes that meet the service-learning requirement can be counted toward the 60-hour graduation requirement, except for incoming freshmen who can claim only 15 service learning hours in the summer before they start at Ballard High School

    Special recognition is given to students who have acquired 240 hours of service learning in their 4 years at Ballard High School. They will be recognized at the Senior Academic Awards Night.

    September Service Learning Opportunities 

    September 2019 Service Learning Opportunities

    Service Learning printouts are available in the Counseling Center and outside the Main Office too! 

    New! Are you interested in a fun, fulfilling service learning opportunity that also looks great on resumes and college applications? Learning Buddies is a mentoring program hosted by The Seattle Public Library at The North Seattle Boys and Girls Club. Teens work with 2nd and 3rd grade students once a week to help with literacy, math and logic skill building through reading and games. It is an excellent way to get service learning credit while helping kids in your community and gaining some job and interpersonal skills along the way.

    If you are interested please email me at to set up a short interview.

    Before you reply, please confirm that you are able to make all (or almost all) of the below dates for the fall session. Mandatory orientation on Sun. Oct. 20, 2019- 10-1:30 (pizza served)
    The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N. 98103

    Fall sessions are Tuesdays Oct. 22 - Dec. 17, 2019 - 4:30-6:00
    NO Learning Buddies on Tuesday Nov 26, for Thanksgiving week.
    At The North Seattle Boys and Girls Club at 8635 Freemont Ave N. 98103 

    Disclaimer: BHS only shares these postings and does not endorse any of these businesses.

    Reminders and FAQs

    Important Service Learning Reminders: Service Learning involves learning, benefiting the community and a written reflection.  Service Learning must be done at a non-profit or governmental organization, the work must be unpaid, and your supervisors must be an adult. If you have any questions, see the Service Learning Coordinator or your Counselor before you start your Service Learning.  

    • Who can sign my Service Learning Documentation Form?  A supervisor or site contact from a non-profit or governmental organization must sign your Service Learning Documentation Form. A family member or peer cannot sign your Service Form.  
    • Where do I turn in my Service Hours Documentation?    Fully completed Service Learning Documentation can be turned in to the Ballard Counseling Office or dropped off in the Main Office.  Be sure to attach your completed Service Learning Documentation Form (both sides) to any paperwork (letters, certificates, etc) that you might be given during your Service Learning and make sure your paperwork is signed.
    • When is the Service Hours Documentation due for Seniors to earn the Above and Beyond Service Learning Award (240 or more hours)?  Fully completed Service Hours Documentation is due to the Counseling Office TBA in order to qualify for the award. If students already have 240 or more hours turned in to the counseling office, 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 service hours beyond 60, visit Ms. Bristol in the counseling office. You can contact her at, or 206-252-1014.

    • The Above and Beyond Service Learning awards will be handed out at the Senior Academic Awards Night on June 3, 2020. If you cannot attend the Awards Night, you can pick up your medallion sometime after Awards Night from the counseling secretary, Carol Bristol.   Students can wear the Above and Beyond Service Learning medallion at their graduation.
    • When is the Senior Service Hours Documentation due for Graduation?  Fully completed Service Hours Documentation is due to the Counseling Office by TBA for senior graduation requirements. Graduation requirements for Seattle Public Schools is 60 hours of Service Learning.

    • When and where is the Graduation Ceremony? The Graduation Ceremony location as well as the date and time for the Ballard High School class of 2020 will be posted soon! 

    Forms and Information

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