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Student and Parent/Guardian Handbook

Welcome to the Ballard High School Online Student Handbook. We are committed to creating a supportive community that helps each and every student to prepare for college and life in an ever changing world.

This handbook is intended to support the success of each student at Ballard High School. The information included in this handbook will be useful over the course of the school year. Of most immediate importance will be the information regarding resources, bell schedules, and academic requirements for graduation.

Please feel free to direct any questions or concerns you have about the contents of this online handbook to your student assigned Counselor or student assigned Assistant Principal.

Online Student Handbook 22-23

Information is updated as it becomes available. Policies and procedures are subject to change.

Contact List

Ballard High School
1418 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Main Office: 206-252-1000 | Fax: 206-252-1001
Office Hours 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Administrative Secretary
Cindy Peterson, 
Athletic Secretary
Bethany Nielcen,


Abby Hunt

Assistant Principal
JaLynn Montes (A-F) & 504 Building Coordinator

Assistant Principal
David Fort (G-N) & 504 Building Coordinator

House Administrator
Jody Shuman (O-Z) & 504 Building Coordinator

Ballard High School Counseling Team & Student Breakdown

Carol Bristol | Counseling Secretary
Kim Nickerson | Registrar

Bell Schedules

Visit the Ballard HS Bell Schedule page for the most current school bell schedules.

BHS Staff

Attendance Procedures, 2022-23

Student absences can only be excused by a note signed by parent or guardian or by email from parent/guardian. Absences cannot be excused by phone.  

Excuse Note or email – An excuse note must be turned in to the Attendance Office or an email sent to Alice March in the Attendance Office at within 3 school days of the absence.  A note or email received after the third day will be noted as a “Late Note” and is not excused.  Unacceptable reasons will not be excused and will be noted as “Not Excused”.  Phone calls do not excuse an absence.

However, if this is an extended absence of 2 or more days, you may wish to contact the Counseling Office for assistance to contact teachers for assignments and please complete a Pre-Arranged Absence Form

Please visit the BHS Attendance page for more detailed and complete BHS Attendance Procedures and Forms.

School Communication Resources | School Year 2022-23 

View all the ways that Ballard High School communicates with families.

Schoology, Microsoft Teams, The Source, School Messenger, Talking Point Texts, School Website, PTSA Weekly Newsletter and BHS Social Media Accounts (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook).

We also have our Ballard Performing Arts (BPA) Newsletter, School Paper Talisman too!

Virtual Classroom Resources
Visit Schoology
Parents and students use Schoology to see assignments, teacher announcements, reminders and calendars. Schoology is the primary communication tool used for assignments and class details. 
Microsoft Teams
Virtual Classrooms & Community
Visit Office 365
Students, teachers, and staff may interact in virtual classrooms using Microsoft Teams districtwide to support remote learning. A consolidated calendar is available to view as well. Teams integrates with our existing systems and learning platforms, including Schoology. 
The Source
Student and Family Resource
Visit The Source
The primary way that parents and students can check on their grades, attendance, and the Source has a link to SchoolPay, which is an easy way to electronically pay for school-related fees.
School Messenger
Important announcements from the Principal
Time‐sensitive or other critical announcements are sent from School Messenger from the Principal. Note: All BHS families are automatically on the distribution for School Messenger.
Text messages can also be sent via TalkingPoints to families. TalkingPoints is a two-way translated texting option for schools to communicate with families.
Ballard High School Website
News and resources for BHS families.
The BHS website provides up to date news and information at BHS and from the district. Keep up with the latest announcements, calendar events, featured news, school bulletin and resources conveniently from any desktop or mobile device.
PTSA Weekly Newsletter
All-School and Community News. Contact: 
The BHS PTSA Weekly Newsletter is a PTSA member volunteer run informational newsletter that is emailed to subscribed families and students with important upcoming information as well as sports, clubs, library events, performing arts, community news and more!
School Social Media Accounts
Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Additional ways to connect
Follow the BHS Instagram and Twitter accounts to stay connected with the latest happenings on our Social Media page. In addition, SPS, PTSA and Performing Arts each have a Facebook account. Note: Students are not required to have social media accounts to receive school information or participate in school activities.

More information on the Communications page.

Important Dates

Visit the BHS Online Event Calendar for more school specific event information.

SPS Techline | Resource Links

Student Username and Password Login Information

Visit the Seattle Public Schools Student Username and Password FAQ page for helpful information. 

Students who need help with their SPS laptop at home

To log onto student laptops, students enter their SPS username Example: 1jrsmith and password.  If students are unable to log on or need assistance call the support number at: 206-252- 0100. Staffed Mon- Fri 7am – 4pm if line is busy you can leave a voice mail or send an email to, email box.  

Source Assistance If you need support with login questions, password resets please email Refer to this page: Source Resource Page. Schoology Resources for Students/Parents, view  Schoology LMS Page.

Students Accessing Schoology 

Username format is 1[1st initial] [middle initial] [ last name].  Default passwords  birth date: mmddyyyy.  Reset your password the first time you log in : passwords must be 7 characters.

Use Firefox or Chrome

  1. Go to the Seattle Public Schools or the BHS Home page, or
  2. From the top black Tool Bar Menu at the top, Dropdown “Students” and select Schoology.
  3. Select “Schoology.”  NOTE: If using a SPS device, you will be automatically logged in.
    IF NOT: you will be prompted to log in; and to your district username.
  4. You will be redirected to a Microsoft page, where you will be prompted to enter your password.
  5. Once in Schoology, the button for your Courses is at the top of the page.

Social Emotional Learning Skills

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a top priority. Teachers provide instruction, coaching, and opportunities to practice the following social emotional skills:

• identifying strengths, feelings and needs
• seeking to understand others
• building cooperative relationships
• critical thinking
• decision making
• working through challenges

Together, parents/guardians and teachers can identify students’ strengths, needs, and culturally responsive practices for continued social emotional skill development.

Visit the SPS Social Emotional Learning Skills page for more helpful information.

Counseling Department Information & Recommendations

Students can make appointments to meet with their counselors several ways, either via the Book an Appointment, or via their counselor’s Schoology page

Be sure to select the counselor that is assigned to the part of the alphabet that correlates to your last name, and use your school email address when booking.  Appointments are scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.


1. If you need an unofficial transcript, please send an email Ms. Bristol at to request one.

2. If your application is on Common App & Coalition platform, add your School Counselor to your profile on the platform. Your school counselor will send your transcript for you directly through that platform (depending on the school – i.e. UW does not require a transcript).

3. If the first two options do not apply, request your transcripts through Naviance. Visit the district Naviance page if you want to know more about Naviance.

Ballard HS Counselors

The BHS Counselors work with students to help them develop strategies for success in academics, social skills, and in considering their post-high school plans and career options. Students are assigned by the their last name.

Counselors work with students to explain the credit system, help select courses, monitor progress toward achieving graduation requirements, explore interests, and make plans for college application and career options.

Visit the Counseling Center page for details about upcoming events, news, college visits and scholarship opportunities. Seniors can visit the Applying to College page for answers to commonly asked questions about applying to college both 4 year and 2 year as well as upcoming events and opportunities for seniors.  

Report Cards and Progress Reports

Semester report cards are posted on The Source.  Semester grades are posted to the official transcript. Mid-term progress reports are issued at the middle of each semester and these grades are for information only.  

Grading System

Grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+ and D indicate credit earned in a class. An E grade indicates course failure and results in no credit earned. If a student wishes to take a class for a Pass/No Pass grade, this must be requested by the fifth week of the semester and may be chosen for only one course per semester. Students who are withdrawn from a class after the fifth week of the semester will earn an “E” on their transcript for that course unless the withdrawal is due to a move to another school. Classes dropped after the 10th day of the semester but before the 5th week of the semester will result in a “W” on the student’s transcript. Incompletes are rarely given and must be completed within six school weeks of the end of the grading period or the Incomplete will become an E grade. All classes earn .50 semester credit, except for TA (teacher assistant) positions which earn .25 semester credit.

Percent (%) grading scale: A=93-100, A- =90-92, B+=87-89, B=83-86, B-=80-82, C+=77-79, C=73-76, C-=70-72, D+=67-69, D=60-66, E=0-59

Weighted Class Rank

Class rank is an indicator requested by some colleges and universities, scholarship programs, and some employers. A weighted class rank system is intended to recognize students who take more rigorous academic courses. These include courses designated as Honors (H), Advanced Placement (AP), College in the High School (CIHS) and Running Start (HRS). Honors courses earn a half weighting point; AP, CIHS, and HRS courses earn a full weighting point. The weighted ranking process does not affect the GPA. The highest attainable GPA is 4.0 (WAC 180-57-050). Valedictorian(s) and Salutatorian(s) are based on cumulative weighted rank as of 1st semester senior year.

Ballard High School Valedictorian/Salutatorian Policy

Ballard’s Valedictorian must :
1. Have the highest weighted Class Rank after the first semester of the senior year. Additional courses taken beyond the six-period day will not be counted towards the calculation of the student’s Class Rank for purposes of determining Valedictorian, except in the case of Running Start courses, for which all credits through fall quarter of senior year will be counted.
2. Have been a full-time student (six classes each semester) on Ballard’s campus, including Running Start courses, all four years
3. Have no “E” or “N” grades on the transcript.
4. Have no Teacher or Office Assistant classes on transcript

Ballard’s Salutatorian(s) must:
1. Have the second highest weighted Class Rank after the first semester of the senior year. Additional courses taken beyond the six-period day will not be counted towards the calculation of the student’s Class Rank for purposes of determining Salutatorian, except in the case of Running Start courses, for which all credits through fall quarter of senior year will be counted.
2. Have been a full-time student (six classes each semester) on Ballard’s campus, including Running Start courses, for at least three years
3. Have no “E” or “N” grades on the transcript
4. Have no Teacher or Office Assistant classes on transcript

Class Standing

A minimum of 24.00 credits are required to graduate. Students must meet the graduation requirements of their “Class of” designation, as assigned in grade 9. This is never altered regardless of the year of actual graduation (i.e., early or late completion of graduation requirements).

High School Credit for Middle School Courses

High School credit is available for some pre-approved middle school courses. Requests for credit must be received by the end of the student’s senior year. See your counselor for details.

Making Up a Required Course

You must get approval BEFORE taking any classes through external providers (i.e. BYU, Red Comet, etc.) and most requests are denied. Please consult your counselor, if you are considering taking a class through anyone other than Seattle Public Schools.

Course Fees

Although we cannot require course fees, having students pay them allows us to offer a much more rich and engaging class experience. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals may qualify for discount or no costs.

Refer to our BHS Academic Deadlines for the School Year 2022-23 on the Academic Deadlines page.

Learn more about BHS Assessments and Testing as well as references to Seattle Public Schools and other helpful resources on the Assessments Overview page.

Ballard HS Service Learning Program

Service Learning Contact
Ms. Bristol | 206-252-1014 |

Service Learning Requirements
One of the graduation requirements for Seattle Public Schools is 60 hours of Service Learning. Service learning is giving time, without pay. Service learning allows students to learn and to apply academic, social and personal skills through 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. Visit the BHS Service Learning page for current updates and forms.


Athletic Director
Eric Ensign;| 206-252-1076
Athletic Secretary
Bethany Nielcen;

Ballard High School is a member of the METRO 3A league. Athletic paperwork is through FinalForms, an online system. Visit the BHS Athletic Paperwork page for complete paperwork timelines and details.

Athletic Eligibility

In order to play on a school sports team, students must have earned a grade point of 2.0 or higher in 5 subjects during the previous semester of school. Continuing eligibility will require a student athlete to earn no less than a 2.0 grade point average in five subject areas (2.5 credits) as reported on their current report card. TA classes, lab assistants and PE waivers cannot be counted as one of the five classes for eligibility.

NCAA Athletic Eligibility

Students interested in participating in college athletics after high school need to be aware that additional academic courses are required for eligibility and not all courses are approved for NCAA eligibility. Student athletes must also register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, preferably during the junior year. Visit the NCAA Eligibility Center Website and see the athletic director or your counselor for more information.

Head Coaches

Visit the BHS Athletic Directory page for a complete listing of sports, coaches and contact information.

Visit the ASB page for more information regarding ASB Cards and ASB student announcements. 

ASB/Activity Cards – All students who tryout/participate in a Ballard athletic team or are in the Marching Band are required to purchase a BHS Activity Card ($35.00). We encourage all students to consider a ASB Card (sticker). Paying the fee also allows students to receive free admission to BHS home games (except Football). They will also get a discount on activities like school dances. Parents may pay online via The Source/School Pay.

Yearbooks – Yearbook sales dates are established in accordance with state tax policies. Yearbooks are sold online through the parent’s Source/SchoolPay. No Yearbook sales between May and Beaver Day. Pre-Sold Yearbooks will be distributed on Beaver Day. Yearbook sales resume the Monday following Beaver Day until books are sold out.

Transportation – For Metro bus schedules online contact King County Metro Schedules and Maps or call Metro Rider Information at 206-553-3000, Service TTY 206-684-1739. METRO lost and found number is 206-553-3090. The SPS district transportation office number is 206-252-0900 or visit the SPS Transportation page for more information.

ORCA Cards –  Visit the Transportation page for more information.

Can students drive to school?

Yes, but students cannot park in the Staff parking lot by the tennis courts. They must park on the street.

The Ballard High School PTSA promotes and supports the social, emotional, and academic well-being of all students. The work we do raises funds that provide academic opportunities; teacher and staff support; and backing for student activities.

You can make a difference! The PTSA is you, me and all of the parents/guardians, students and staff dedicated to the educational development and success of all students. Become a member today! Contact the for more information or visit the links below.

Please sign up for our PTSA Newsletter for weekly updated school news and information at


Volunteers & Visitors

Policy for 22-23 to be posted soon!

Previous Years Below For Reference Only

Student Visitors
Student visitors must submit a visitor form and secure permission from an administrator at least three days in advance of the visit. Permission forms are in the Main Office and should be picked up at least one week in advance of the requested visit date. Arrangements for a visitor’s pass are good for one day only. Children under the age of 14 will not be permitted at school. The building is closed to all student visitors the first ten (10) days of each semester, the last fifteen (15) days of each semester, the five (5) days prior to mid- term examinations, and the first five (5) days prior to and the five (5) days after winter, mid-winter, and spring vacation. Babysitting younger children will not be permitted. Students bringing younger children to school will be asked to take them home. Ballard High School reserves the right to deny permission for visits.

Grade 8 grade students may shadow a Ballard HS student during the month of February only. Both the grade 8 student and the BHS student must complete paperwork, including their Assistant Principal’s signature. This paperwork needs to be turned into the office 3 days in advance of the shadowing date.

Adult Visitors
Ballard HS invites appropriate visitors from the community. Parents, guardians, participants in school programs and representatives from agencies are expected to check in at the Main Office and wear a visitor’s badge while on campus. Classroom visitors should be scheduled at least three days in advance through the appropriate teacher and administrator. Ballard HS reserves the right to deny permission for visits.

Students may carry cell phones/devices, but in the interest of student learning and maintaining a positive classroom environment these must be out of sight and turned off during class time.

Lockers are distributed the morning of the first day of school when the student picks up their official class schedules. Each Freshmen should be able to hav a locker and not need to share. However, this sometimes takes a few weeks to settle out at the beginning of the year because we are adjusting our lists to reflect students who have moved over the summer or who do not require a locker. If your student has not been assigned a locker by the second week of school, your student should check with the custodian Mr. Young Wong in the Commons regularly to see if a locker has opened up.

In general, if there is a concern about decency or message t-shirts, the assistant principals will speak with the student about his concern and might ask them to change clothes or send them home.

Students can drive to school but cannot park in the Staff Parking lot by the Tennis Courts. They must park on the street in the neighborhood.

Online Safety and Responsibly | High School Students Online Safety

Visit the SPS Online Safety and Responsibility page for additional online safety tips and information for families and students as well as any updates.

Cyber bullying

  • Tell someone if someone has bullied you online
  • Keep everything if someone is mean to you or bullies you online
  • Don’t engage
  • Don’t pass on embarrassing photos or posts about others
  • Don’t do or say anything online that you wouldn’t offline


  • Don’t share your personal info, even if someone offers something for free
  • Don’t share your password with anyone
  • Use tough passwords and change them frequently
    Tip: Use words you can remember easily but spell them incorrectly


  • Think and pause before clicking
  • Watch out for “too good to be true” offers

Social Media

  • Social Media posts can come back to haunt you later in life.
  • Use settings or options to make all of your social media profiles private.
  • Make sure you are using strict privacy settings on services such as Instagram and Facebook. 
  • Read Common Sense:
    Instagram app review and Facebook app review

Location Services on Cell Phones
Common Sense Media Location Services Information

  • Turn off location services to prevent apps from tracking your location.
  • Location-sharing apps also are big targets for advertisers who want to make you a customer.

Student Network Use Agreement

All students with individual network accounts will be required to accept the Seattle Public Schools’ network use agreement electronically when they first log on to the district network and when there are changes to the agreement. Network Agreement and Forms.

Seattle Public Schools Network & Computer Use Agreement

Use of the Seattle Public Schools network is a privilege (Vol 1.0 7/5/19). You must read and agree to follow the network rules below to use your network account. SPS makes available to students access to computers and the Internet. Through the Internet students may have access to databases, Web sites, and sometimes email. Students might also publish online. Students are expected to use computers and the Internet responsibly and for school related purposes only.
Use of the Seattle Public Schools network is a privilege. Violations of conditions of use may result in that privilege being taken away in whole or in part by school district personnel. All other related student policies are applicable and other consequences including suspension or expulsion may follow. 

Please review the “Student Rights and Responsibilities” pamphlet.

As a condition of my right to use the Seattle Public Schools Internet service, I
understand and agree with the following:

I will use computing resources responsibly.

  • I will use the Internet and other computer resources for academic activities only.
  • I will only play educational games authorized by my teacher, instructor, or librarian.
  • I will follow the guidelines for printing set by my teacher or school.
  • I will only save material in my folder appropriate for educational use.
  • I will not transmit or deliberately access obscene, indecent, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise offensive material in any form.

I will use computing resources safely

  • I will not give out my name, picture, address, e-mail, or any other personally identifying information online.
  • I will only access chat rooms, bulletin boards, blogs, or post to an Internet site with explicit teacher permission.
  • I will not share my password with others.

I will use computing resources respectfully

  • I will not deliberately attempt to harm or destroy data on any system on the network or internet.
  • I will not damage computer equipment or alter computer settings.
  • I will not alter other students’ files.

I will use computing resources in a manner that respects the intellectual property of others.

  • I will not install, store, or distribute unauthorized software or materials.
  • I will turn in work that I have created myself. If I borrow or copy material from other sources, I will properly cite those sources.

I understand that:

  • I am responsible for what is done on my computer account.
  • School district personnel have the right to review any material sent, mailed, or accessed througha District computer or District provided network account. School district personnel have the right to inspect all material stored on a District computer. By accepting these terms and conditions,students waive any right to privacy or confidentiality to material that was created, sent, accessed, or stored using a District computer or District provided network account.
  • District personnel can edit or remove any material that it believes may be unlawful, obscene, indecent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable.
  • The district does not promise that the functions of the internet service will meet any specific
  • requirements you may have, or that the Internet service will be error-free or uninterrupted.
  • I cannot use computing resources to violate district policies, federal and state laws.
  • District administrators have the final say on what constitutes a violation of internet policies.

Those violations include but are not limited to all bulleted points in this agreement.

Read more about the Network Agreement and find forms.

Student Work Honesty & Plagiarism Policy

Students are expected to be honest about what is theirs: ideas, writing, work, and the representation of themselves. To this end, Ballard High School is adopting this policy to ensure that student work is, indeed, their own so that teachers can know how best to meet the needs of their students and to be able to assess their progress in their education. Honesty is: Doing your own work, crediting others words, pictures, facts or ideas, keeping your eyes on your own work, helping, not copying, using electronic sources with integrity.

Because cheating in any of its forms is detrimental to the educational process, the following disciplinary procedure will be followed for our school. Any student who cheats will be disciplined. Please review the individual syllabus for each class and the District Standard Practices. District Offenses are as follows:
1st Offense: Rewrite paper or make up test
2nd Offense: Lose credit for paper or test
3rd Offense: Lose credit for paper or test and school-based consequences
Note: The class need not be the same one in which the second instance of cheating occurred.

Rules, Rights and Responsibilities

These rules supplement the rights and responsibilities, limitations and due process accorded each student enrolled in the Seattle School District.

Students are responsible for adhering to all the rules and responsibilities as stated in the following pamphlets and posted on the SPS website and located outside the BHS Main Office.

  1. Basic Rules of Seattle Public Schools
  2. Students Rights and Responsibilities
  3. Seattle Public Schools Non Discrimination

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  Thank you!