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Online Student Handbook

Student Handbook 22-23

Dear Students: The number one goal of Ballard High School is the academic achievement for all our students. Students, parents/guardians, and staff work together to promote a safe and secure learning environment. 

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 coming school year. Of most immediate importance will be the information regarding academic expectations for graduation, student behavior at school and the requirements governing attendance. Policies and procedures are subject to change.  Notification of any changes will be communicated to students, parents, and guardians.

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. By working together, we can realize our goal of success for every student at Ballard High School. ~ Abby Hunt, Principal

Online Student Handbook 22-23

The information is updated as it becomes available. Policies and procedures are subject to change. Notification of any changes will be communicated to students, parents, and guardians. This is not a static page; it may grow and change over the school year. We will add and or delete event dates as needed. Use the + symbols to display the Student Handbook topics.

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 Principals
JaLynn Montes (A-F)

David Fort (G-N)

House Administrator
Jody Shuman (O-Z)

Counselors by Student Last Name

Mackenzie Fee | School Social Worker (M, T, Every Other W)

Carol Bristol | Counseling Secretary

Kim Nickerson | Registrar

Staff Contact List

Department Head Contacts

Department Contacts

Ballard HS Bell Schedules

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

Attendance Procedures 22-23

Attendance Secretary:
Alice March,

Ballard High School has a school-wide attendance policy that reflects our belief that student success and achievement is positively related to regular and timely attendance to class. Tardiness interrupts and interferes with the instructional program being offered in a classroom.

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.  

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.  Please allow 24 hours to process your request.

  • Absences may affect the grade and credit earned for a course depending on each teacher’s syllabus.  Each student will receive a copy of the course syllabus and a copy of the syllabus will be posted in the classroom.
  • A tardy is defined as a student entering a class after the tardy bell has sounded. 
  • It is the student’s responsibility to make up work for excused absences, school related absences such as field trips, or suspensions.   The teacher’s syllabus will explain the makeup policy for that class.
  • 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.

Truancy Contacts:

Assistant Principals: Students Are Assigned by First Letter of Last Name

Please visit the Ballard HS Attendance page for more detailed information (late passes, early dismissals, pre-arranged absences) and complete BHS Attendance Procedures and Forms.

Counseling Department Information & Recommendations

The Counseling Secretary will assist students to make an appointment to see their counselor. Students can make appointments to meet with their Counselors and the School Social Worker in several ways, either via the Book an Appointment (use your school email address) or on the student Counselor’s Schoology page

Transcript requests for current students may be requested in the Counseling Center.  Please allow 4 school days for transcript processing. More details regarding requesting a transcript are posted below.

Important Policies

Late Arrivals/Early Dismissals: It is strongly recommended that ninth and tenth grade students take a full schedule of six classes. Eleventh and twelfth grade students may choose late arrivals or early dismissals, please review this with your counselor with the new 24 credits requirement. No empty periods are allowed in the middle of a student’s daily schedule.

Grading System: 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

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.  

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 “P” grades
  5. 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 “P” grades other than a Study Abroad experience
  5. Have no Teacher or Office Assistant classes on transcript

Class Standing: A minimum of 24 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: To graduate, students must pass all required courses. If a student fails a required course he/she generally must expect to take that course through an after school or summer school credit retrieval program if available, or through an accredited program outside of Ballard High School.

Course Fees: We believe students should be able to take courses of their choice regardless of their ability to pay required course fees. Course fees are vital to offering high quality programs, but they are optional.

TA (Teacher or Office Assistant): Students may take only one TA position per semester.  Such credits may not exceed 2.0 credits. Teacher Assistant positions earn .25 credit and a P/N grade. Office and Lab Assistant positions earn .50 credit and a pass/no pass grade.  Please be aware that TA positions can negatively affect athletic eligibility, Valedictorian/Salutatorian standing, and PE waiver availability, so students are advised to consider this decision carefully before deciding to take a TA position and to consider needing 24 credits for graduation the year 2020 and beyond.

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 website Eligibility Center and see the athletic director or your counselor for more information.

Transcript Information

Transcript requests for current students may be requested in the BHS Counseling Center or following the instructions below. Please allow 4 school days for transcript processing.


1. Unofficial transcript, email Ms. Bristol at

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

3. If the first two options do not applyrequest your transcripts through Naviance. Visit the district Naviance page for more info.

Ballard HS Academic Deadlines

Refer to our Ballard HS Academic Deadlines page for current information.

Seattle Public Schools Internet & Computer Use Agreement

Use of the Seattle Public Schools network is a privilege. You must read and agree to follow the network rules below to use your network account. The Seattle Public Schools makes available to students to 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. Every student will be asked to click ACCEPT after reading the agreement on their initial log on to the Seattle School district computers.

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 available outside the Main Office or on the SPS website.

As a condition of my right to use the Seattle Public School 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 copyrighted 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 through a 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.

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 other’s 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.

The Basic Rules of Seattle Public Schools

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 Basic Rules of Seattle Public Schools” pamphlet located outside the Main Office or on the SPS website. Violations of these regulations will result in disciplinary action.   

Appropriate Behavior: Students on the school grounds, at school events, or on the way to or from school, involved in behavior which is not acceptable will be subject to disciplinary action (Examples: drug and/or alcohol use or possession, profanity, fighting, cheating, and hazing/bullying.) Disciplinary action may include the loss of the privilege to participate in school activities such as athletics, dances including prom, and the graduation ceremony. 

Alcohol and Drugs: The use of any alcoholic beverage or drug is strictly prohibited. Any possession use or sale of alcoholic beverages or drugs on school grounds, at school functions, or on a school bus is prohibited at all times. This includes possession of drug paraphernalia. Any student found in possession of, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or a school-sponsored activity will be excluded from future activities including such activities as athletics, prom, etc.

Anti-Harassment Policy, Bullying, Froshing, Hazing, Intimidation: Seattle School Board prohibits “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentionally written message or image (including those that are electronically transmitted), or verbal or physical act. These include, but are not limited to, acts shown to be motivated by race, creed, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, economic status, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, pregnancy status, marital status, physical appearance, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:

  • Physically harms a student or adult or damages the student’s or adult’s property; or
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education or the adult’s work environment; or
  • Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational or work environment; or
  • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school or workplace.

Nothing in this section requires the affected student or adult to possess a characteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intimidation or bullying.

Complaint Process – Informal: Reports may be made to any staff member. Informal remedies may include: a) An opportunity for the complainant to explain to the alleged harasser the nature of the complaint either in writing or face-to face; b) A statement from a staff member to the alleged harasser that the alleged conduct is not appropriate and could lead to discipline if proven or repeated or; c) A general public statement from an administrator review the District Anti-Harassment Policy without identifying the complainant. Informal complaints may become formal at the request of the complainant, parent/guardian, or if the District believes the complaint needs to be more thoroughly investigated. 

Formal Discrimination & Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures: Information on the Seattle Public Schools Discrimination Complaint Procedure and the Sexual Harassment and Complaint Procedure may be found on the Ballard High School website under Resources, SPS Resources Forms & Links, Discrimination and Sexual harassment Complaint Procedures. Paper copies of both of these documents are available outside of the Main Office.

Attendance: Students are expected to know and follow the attendance regulations as listed in the Attendance Policy and Procedures for Ballard High School. 

Cell Phones and Other Such Devices: These items lead to disruption and shall not be used during regular school hours. Cell phones must be turned off and put away during class time unless approved by the teacher. Any devices turned on during class time are subject to confiscation based on the policies of the classroom teacher. Laser pens, electronic games, or other gambling devices, etc. are not allowed in school. These items are subject to confiscation. It is recommended that these items not be brought to school.  The school is not responsible for loss or theft of these items.

Dance Rules: Freak dancing, offensive and/or obscene dances are prohibited in accordance with Seattle School District policy. Violations of this policy include but are not limited to students exceeding the 45-degree rule and inappropriate touching. For most dances, students are allowed to bring one non-Ballard guest if a completed Guest Request Form is turned in to the Activity Coordinator the Wednesday before the dance and approved by administration. Dancers responsible for any action that causes potential harm to others or to the DJ’s equipment will be asked to leave the dance. Inappropriate behavior may result in the loss of the privilege to attend future school activities such as dances /other extracurricular events.

Dress and Appearance: Please review the Seattle Public Schools Student Dress Code approved by the Seattle School Board on July 20, 2021.

Elevator: Students are prohibited from using the elevator without prior approval by the nurse, security or administration.

Fines: Students are responsible for all books, lockers, school equipment, other instructional materials issued to them, and all school related incurred charges. Such fines are expected to be paid prior to final withdrawal from school, sending transcripts, participation in athletics, forwarding of records, annual distribution, graduation ceremony, and/or diploma. A record of fines is maintained in the fiscal secretary’s office. The library maintains the records of textbooks and library books. Fines incurred from a previous school may also be included. Fines may be paid in the fiscal office during the school year before school, during break, or at lunch.

Gambling: Of any kind is not allowed in school.

Good Neighbor Policy: Ballard High School students respect the property of our neighbors and community.

Hall Behavior: Hallways are to be clear and quiet during class time. There is to be no loitering in the halls or on school grounds when classes are in session. Students must have a pass (RED plastic hall pass, a BLUE “Student Permit”, or a WHITE “Request to Report slip) when in the halls during class time. Students with a late arrival should plan to arrive five (5) minutes before class. Students with early dismissals (such as seniors with no sixth period) are to leave the building before the tardy bell rings. All students must leave the building by 15 minutes after the last bell unless they are participating in an adult supervised activity.

ID Badge Policy: The administration at Ballard High School urges all staff and students to wear or carry their ID card. 

Library: The Ballard High School Library strives to be a welcoming and integral part of a student’s learning experience at Ballard High School. The library is open before and after school and during lunch. Teachers bring their classes in to do research, use computers and checkout library books and text books throughout the school day. 

Lockers: Lockers are not secure. Therefore, students are advised not to place their valuable items (wallets, purses, etc.) in their lockers. Contraband items are not to be placed in lockers at any time. Students are responsible for all items that are stored in their assigned lockers. Students must not share lockers. Lockers may be opened by school administration at any time.

Open Campus: All students will be permitted to leave the school premises during their lunch period without written authorization so long as they respect the neighborhood community around the school, do not create a public nuisance, and do not engage in any criminal or civil misconduct. Students who leave assume the responsibility for returning on time for class. Students may not visit other school campuses without authorization of Ballard High School administration and the authorization of the other school’s administration. Salmon Bay School and Park are off limits to all students during school hours.  

ORCA Cards: The district is no longer managing ORCA cards for students. Metro will be handing all youth ORCA Card requests. Student ORCA cards issued to SPS students in the 2021-22 school year will continue working through 2022-23, even if there is an expiration date printed on the back but students must Register ORCA Cards by June 30, 2023. If your student does not have an ORCA card or lost their card, they can request an ORCA card or get a replacement card. Learn more about ORCA Card changes on the district website.

Ballard HS Parking Policy: There is no student parking on our campus. The front parking lot off NW 65th Street is for administration and visitors (two-hour limit) only.

Both north and south parking lots are reserved for staff and visitors who sign in at the Main Office only. The Ballard HS Staff Parking Lot, on the north end of campus off NW 67th Street, is for BHS Staff and Ballard Pool visitors only. In addition, there is no student parking in the clearly marked Pool Only spots (for the Ballard Pool). As a City of Seattle Parks & Recreation facility, the Pool’s parking enforcement could include a city parking fine and/or your vehicle may be towed. More Transportation details

Random Locker Searches: The Seattle School District has increased its efforts in becoming the safest school district in the United States. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, resulting in a possible suspension for the remainder of the school day or a short-term suspension. Students with lockers in which contraband or weapons are found are subject to suspension or expulsion and their parent/guardian will be contacted immediately.

Search and Seizure: This is conducted whenever there is reasonable suspicion of student involvement in controlled substances or weapons.

Skateboarding or Riding Scooters: This is prohibited on school grounds. Skateboards and scooters will be confiscated if used on campus.

Student Smoking/Loitering: Student smoking, use of tobacco products, and/or loitering is prohibited within one block of the school or within sight of the school campus. Tobacco products in student’s possession within one block of the school are subject to confiscation.  Violation of this rule may also result in a citation and fine by the Seattle Police Department.

Textbooks: Students will be issued textbooks for their registered classes. Many, but not all, departments will issue textbooks from the Textbook Room located by the library. You are responsible for the return of those textbooks to the issuing teacher or to the Textbook Room when this course is finished, when you change your schedule, drop the class, or withdraw from Ballard High School. The student is responsible for the care of checked out books.  If it is lost or stolen, the replacement price will be charged. Textbook prices are available on request. Damage is assessed on an individual basis. Destruction of a barcode in any book is $5.00. Students must not loan or give their books to anyone else.  It is the obligation of the student to write his/her name in the front of his/her textbooks and protect them from rain or other damage. Report the loss of a textbook to the issuing teacher or Textbook Room/Library. Another textbook for the subject will not be issued until the replacement price has been paid.

Valuables: For security reasons, students are advised not to bring large sums of money or expensive items such as cell phones or I-Pods to school. The school and individual teachers cannot be responsible for such items.

Vandalism: Students are expected to respect the property of the school keeping it free from litter and refraining from destruction and/or defacing property, including graffiti.

Weapons: The Seattle Public Schools has a no tolerance policy with regard to weapons of all kinds.  Student possession or use of guns (loaded or not, operable or not, “real” or not), knives of any length (including pocket knives), pepper spray, laser pens and other weapons and objects capable of causing bodily harm will, in almost all cases, result in expulsion from school.  Jewelry, apparel and accessories that can be used as weapons are prohibited. Having a weapon for “protection” or “by accident” or “because somebody handed it to me” (and it wasn’t turned in immediately to the office or school staff) is not the sort of mitigating circumstance that will avoid expulsion.

Seattle Public Schools Standard Discipline for District Offenses: The complete list for standards and Exceptional Discipline for District Offenses can be found online at Seattle Public Schools, Family Resources Basic Rules of Seattle Public Schools and Student Rights and Responsibilities.

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