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Welcome Class of 2023

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Senior Announcements

Drop-In College Application Support

Seniors come to the BHS Counseling Center to get help filling out your college applications after school from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Nov 3, Dec 7 & Jan 4. Bring your laptop for a work session or stop by to ask the Ballard HS Counselors questions.

Counselors will be available to help Seniors with questions about the Common Application, sending Transcripts through Naviance, Seattle Promise Scholarship application, or any other applying to college questions. Plan ahead–Don’t wait until the last minute to get help! 

The Ballard HS Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2023 will be held at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, June 20 at 8pm. Watch for updates to the planned date with the late start of school this year on the district HS Graduation page and more specific Ballard HS Class of 2023 information on the BHS Graduation page.

Stay Informed!

Reading the PTSA Weekly Newsletter is one of the best ways to stay informed of upcoming events and deadlines. If you are not getting the PTSA Weekly Newsletter you can sign up on the Sign Up Form Questions for a BHS Counselor? Schedule an appointment.

Senior News

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School Day Gr 11 PSAT & Gr 12 SAT on Oct 12

Gr 11 PSAT, Gr 12 SAT, Gr 9 & 10 Special Schedule on Oct 12, 2022.

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School Picture Make-Up Day Oct 7

Picture Make-Up Day is Oct 7 at Lunchtime in the Activity Center (AC). Re-Take Day is Oct 25.

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Seniors of the Month

Seniors of the Month!

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Seniors! Final Year of HS Important Info Recap

Review the Counselors “Final Year of HS Presentation & Info” for all Ballard Seniors.


Senior 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.
  • Plan and register for any final ACT or SAT tests, if needed.
  • Finalize college list with names of schools and begin completing applications.
  • Still researching post high school options, use the following websites to help in your career and college search: 
  • Attend presentations by college representatives with virtual visits.
  • Watch for virtual College Fairs and Events.
  • Letters of Recommendation.
  • Make a calendar and organize important activities and tasks for the semester and year.

October

  • Keep your grades up–use any resources available to help you get the most out of your classes.
  • Start working on FAFSA and CSS Profile, if planning to attend college after high school.
  • Continue completing applications.

November

  • Watch for AP Exam registration if interested.
  • Continue completing applications.
  • Review your calendar and activities/tasks list and adjust as needed.

December

  • Continuing completing applications.
  • Check grades and seek help for academic areas you may be struggling with now.  

January

  • Keep focused with classes, finish out 1st semester strong
  • Scholarship research and application completion continues.

February

  • New semester—review what went well and what did not from 1st semester—adjust as needed.
  • Still researching post high school options, use all resources to help move toward your goal.
  • Scholarship research and application completion continues

March

  • Scholarship research and application completion continues

April

  • Check grades and keep working hard.
  • Finalize college acceptance process.
  • Scholarship research and application completion continues

May

  • Still researching post high school options, use all resources to help move toward your goal.
  • Prepare to take your AP Exams.
  • Scholarship research and application completion continues.
  • Start researching summer opportunities including internships, jobs, volunteer work, summer programs, etc.

June

Finish out your classes and high school career on a positive note.

Graduation

Student & Family Messaging

It’s common for graduating seniors to lose momentum during summer break. The last years have been particularly challenging, but don’t let that derail your hopes and dreams for the future. Take time this summer to reflect on what you want life to look like down the road.

Once graduation is behind you (Congratulations!), set yourself up for success in life after high school:

  • Have a plan for college or career training. It’s not too late!
  • Check out the Graduate Handbook, which provides next steps for recent high school graduates. The handbook includes a to-do list, info about college course types, financial aid tips, and more.
  • Don’t forget to prepare a budget, and make sure you know how to access health care.
  • Need help? Have questions? Identify supportive people and places in your community or on your future college campus.

Parents and families can help! Ask the adults in your life to review the Family Guide: Supporting Your Child After High School, which helps family members support graduates as they prepare for and complete their first year in college. The family guide is available in eight languages.

Life is changing, but you are ready—you can do this! Stay on track and plan your future on the Washington Student Achievement Council website.

Applying to College

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. Explore the sections on the Applying to College page for helpful information for Ballard Seniors and their families. Check back regularly, as new content is being added.


Post High School Options

Refer to this page for answers to commonly asked questions about post high school options and resources. Explore the sections on the Post High School Options page for helpful information for Ballard Seniors and their families. Check back regularly, as new content is being added.


Can’t Find What You Are Looking For?

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, BHS Website Editor at dmtaylor@seattleschools.org Thank you!