Students first day of school is the enrollment date on the form received from enrollment services. Students should see the registrar once assigned to or moving out of Chief Sealth. The registrar will confirm your registration and collect/provide you with the documentation you need for your new school. Please note that your student may not receive full credit for classes if they change schools in the middle of a semester. It is best that students complete full semesters before changing schools.
In order to receive credit for current classes students must provide withdrawal grades.
Students who will be moving schools should contact their counselor or the registrar as soon as they have confirmed the move to another school
Required Documents for Outgoing/Incoming Students:
Current Withdrawal Grades
IEP Documentation (if applicable)
504 Plan (if applicable)
State Testing Scores
Service Learning Hours
Once the documents have been received, our counseling secretary will schedule your mandatory intake meeting with your counselor.
Students request courses in the spring each year. We recommend that students complete a graduation checklist before completing "course requests". Students and parents should be aware of all graduation requirements and students progress. Please be aware that if you requested a course, we will do our best to assign it to you however spaces are limited, if a class is full you are guaranteed a course that fulfills graduation requirements. Courses requested in the spring may not be changed later. Schedules will be available for pick up at Orientation. If you have questions about course planning you should review the course catalog and then set up an appointment with your counselor during the year. Counselors will not make appointments during the first week of school as they finish schedules, however counselors will call students out of class as needed.
Seattle Public Schools Graduation Requirements
State Graduation Testing Requirements
The state board of education discourages PE waivers because physical activity does not equal physical education curriculum. Our PE courses offer activity and curriculum to help students be knowledgeable in a wide range of subjects including exercise, fitness, how to have a healthy body, nutrition, health and more.
PE waivers are available for special circumstances, however waivers are void if a student wishes to be a T.A., Office Assistant, have an Early Release or Late Arrival. PE waivers are available in the counseling office and must be signed by parent, student and the students Assistant Principal or the Principal.
The Fitness state exam is a required graduation requirement that must be met. If a student does receive a PE waiver they still must complete the cognitive fitness assessment for the curriculum provided in our fitness courses. According to OSPI, it is recommended that a student must pass the assessment with a 70% or higher, if they do not they must enroll in a Physical education course.
Schedule Change Requests:
Students select their courses for the entire year each spring. Students cannot change or make course selections during 2nd semester. Students should take course selection seriously as students will be assigned to courses they select based on senior to freshman priority. Schedule change requests are not available unless the request is an
exceptional need. Students must attend the classes they are scheduled
for. It is important that students choose classes and alternatives that
meet their graduation requirements each spring. Students are guaranteed courses that meet their graduation requirements. Students who opt not to select classes will be placed in core classes and elective courses that have space and meet their graduation needs. Please note that students complete graduation checklists and credit evaluations each year, and are provided courses catalogues with graduation requirements and class selection recommendations based on interest. Counselors are available during the year for students to plan their courses for upcoming years, they will also provide annual High School and Beyond Plan classroom lessons in order to help students plan. Counselors are not available for appointments during the first two weeks of each term.
Credit Retrieval Courses:
Students who fail required courses must complete credit retrieval in order to graduate. There are several options for credit retrieval. Summer School, Online, PASS, and completing courses through other online sources and bringing in official transcripts.
*SPS Summer School is offered each year, students must fill out the application form and
return it to the district for registration. The options include Skills Center summer
Occupational Education credit, and the district L.A., History and Math courses. These are
offered at different locations each year.
*Online credit retrieval is offered onsite at Chief Sealth, students have 6 weeks to complete
the online course work for credit. However we have a limited number of online seats.
*PASS is a program for qualified migrant students. See your counselor or Proyecto for
*Other online courses are available as well, but the fees are the responsibility of the student
and family. OSPI (Washington's office of public instruction)has a list of approved providers;
such as http://www.iacademy.org/ or www.redcomet.org.
Alternative High School Programs:
Not all students are successful in the Comprehensive High School Program. There are alternative programs in Seattle Public Schools, such as Nova, Interagency, and Middle College. There are also programs outside of Seattle Schools. Most are free of cost.
Fast Track at Seattle Central, students can earn their AA and their Diploma at the same time.
Career Link at South Seattle helps students earn their diploma as well as make plans for their career afterwards.
Students can also take GED prep courses and then complete the GED which is accepted in place of a diploma.
Job Corps is a federal program where students earn a GED, Diploma and professional training. Students live onsite and receive job placement when they are finished.
Other programs around the Washington include Washington Youth Academy, Seattle Urban Academy, Spring Academy, Puget Sound Community School, and WA Online Academy. Talk with your Administrator or Counselor about referrals.