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Summer Skills Center

2023 Summer Schedule – COMING SOON!

The summer application process is currently closed. We will open the 2023 Summer Schedule in March 2023. Complete our Summer 2023 Interest Form to receive an email once the summer application is open. Details on classes from 2022 can be found below.

2022 Summer Schedule

Our class schedule for summer will be 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 7, 2022 through August 3, 2022.  There will be no fully remote Skills Center options this summer.

Priority will be given to students in 11th grade who are in need of CTE credit for graduation.

Student Requirements and Summer Course Information

Summer Skills Center Requirements

  • Only students of Seattle Public Schools can enroll in Skills Center courses.
  • Summer courses are open to incoming 9th – 12th graders.
  • Student must have attended a Seattle Public School during the 2021-22 School year to be eligible for the Summer 2022 programs. Students are not eligible for a summer program for 2021-22 school year as new students to SPS for 2022-23 attendance.

Repeating Programs

You may not take a course you have already taken. If you took a course last summer, you may not take the same course this summer.

Canceled/Combined Classes

Classes and locations may be canceled or combined due to enrollment numbers. If your selected class/location is canceled or combined and moved to another location, you will be notified and given the opportunity to select another class if you choose.

Grading & Credit

  • Upon completion with a passing grade, a student will receive 0.5 CTE (Occupational Education) credit.
  • Skills Center Summer Program courses may not be taken as Pass/No Credit courses unless a student’s IEP or 504 Plan specifically calls for the student to be taking a course on a Pass/No Credit basis.
  • Skills Center Summer Program courses may not be taken for Teacher Assistant (TA) credit.
  • Students may not be absent for more than three (3) days, regardless of reason. The Seattle Skills Center expectation is that all of our students engage every day of their summer Skills Center class in the in-person portion as well as the asynchronous work. Not participating, not attending, or not engaging in class or in assignments could result in your student earning a low grade on their transcript and/or not getting their CTE credit for the summer and may result in being withdrawn from the course. The Skills Center summer program will follow the district grading policy for the 2021-22 school year.

Course Descriptions

Summer Skills Center classes are introductory versions of what we typically offer during the school year.  Transportation is not provided, and snacks and snack breaks are provided, but not lunch (with the exception of the maritime class aboard the Adventuress).  Students can earn a 0.5 Career and Technical Education (CTE) credit.

Courses offered in Summer 2022

Family Health

Family Health, Franklin HS and Roosevelt HS, July 7 to August 3

Family Health is a .5 credit class that will focus on making choices for a healthy lifestyle. It is designed to help prepare students for life-long problem solving, critical thinking and management skills related to health and wellness issues impacting individuals and families. Topics include wellness, CPR/AED training, fitness and nutrition, mental health, substance abuse, relationships, human sexuality, and other current health and wellness issues. Students will be expected to apply practical health information to their everyday lives. Students will receive their CPR/AED certification upon completion.

Family Health is intended for students in upper grades who are in need of CTE credit and/or need to meet the Health requirement. Students going into 12th, 11th, and 10th grades will have priority, in that order.

Construction Trades

Intro to Construction Trades, Chief Sealth HS and Wood Technology Center, July 7 to August 3

Chief Sealth International High School:

This introductory course covers both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on job site safety and learning to use the tools of carpentry. Students will focus on employability skills, problem-solving, trainability, team building, and will work on a tiny house for the homeless. 

Wood Technology Center, Seattle Central College Campus, 2310 South Lane Street:

The Seattle Skills center is partnering with Sawhorse Revolution to run this course.  This class will be similar to our Intro to Construction Trades class at Chief Sealth HS, and will include regular walking field trips to work on nearby projects in the community. Excerpt from Sawhorse Revolution flier: “Change Builders is a collaborative build program with Seattle Skills Center to learn life skills and prepare for a career in the construction trades. We will be swinging hammers on two different projects in partnership and service of community organizations Deaf Spot Light and Estelita’s Library.”

Culinary Arts

Intro to Culinary Arts, Chief Sealth HS, Franklin HS, and Roosevelt HS, July 7 to August 3

This course covers both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on job site safety and Learn various cooking techniques during hands-on food production labs.

Dental Assisting

Intro to Dental Assisting, Seattle Central College Health Education Center, 1200 12th Ave South, July 7 to August 3

Explore how the high-wage, high-demand profession of Dental Assisting helps patients maintain healthy teeth. In this introductory course you will learn how to identify teeth, use dental instruments for basic dental procedures, take vital signs, and learn about the world of dentistry. This fast-paced class includes field-trips, on-site tours, and hands-on experiences


Intro to Engineering, Roosevelt High School, July 7 to August 3

This class is a hands-on opportunity for students to explore problem solving skills related to engineering. Students work from sketching simple geometric shapes to applying solid modeling using a computer software package.


Intro to Maritime Vessel Operations at Seattle Maritime Academy, 4455 Shilshole Ave NW,  July 7 to August 3

This course blends modern and traditional seafaring skills. Engage in hands-on learning in navigation, engine maintenance, knots, and vessel handling, while exploring a range of in-demand maritime careers. Students will spend time each week on the water in small or large vessels, and some field trips will be done via walking or boating to local maritime industries..

Intro to Maritime Vessel Operations aboard the historic schooner Adventuress, 7001 Seaview Ave NW, July 11 to July 22

This maritime course is similar in content to our class at Seattle Maritime Academy, but it’s aboard a historic two-masted wooden sailing vessel, and includes some overnights.  Students will learn a blend of modern and traditional seafaring skills, like computer-based navigation as well as “marlinspike” skills. The Skills Center is contracting with Sound Experience to run this course, and they have COVID health and safety requirements, like proof of full vaccination for all participants, and may require masking aboard their ship.


Week 1:  Day programs July  11 – July 14, Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 3:30pm Sound Experience, aboard the schooner Adventuress (located at Shilshole Marina).

Lunch and snack are provided.

Week 2: Overnight program July 18-22, Monday starting at 9:00am through Friday ending at 3:30pm. 

While this course spans only two weeks, student will still have the opportunity to earn the 0.5 CTE credit as they will have much longer learning days, especially during the overnight portions of the course.  Students will also be able to earn a “Tall Ship Badge” and may be able to earn sea time. However, students will need to commit to the entire course, including the overnight experiences, to earn credit for the class.

All meals are provided for the overnight portion.

Medical Careers

Intro to Medical Careers,  Franklin High School, July 7 to August 3

Participate in a blend of independent, group, and hands-on learning, increasing your knowledge of the various fields of medical careers including nurse assisting, health science, and medical assisting.

Multimedia Broadcasting

Intro to Multimedia Broadcasting (radio), Nathan Hale High School, July 7 to August 3   

Intro to Multimedia Broadcasting centers around media content creation with an emphasis on broadcast radio and podcasting.  Learn how to make audio stories using industry-standard recording and production tools.  Master the lifelong skill of thinking critically about the media you see and hear every day.  Discover how a broadcast radio station operates and explore basic media law and ethics.  By the end of the course, students will have the necessary skills to become a volunteer at C89.5 FM radio station and be capable of creating their own digital media content.


Intro to Teaching Academy/Careers in Education, Franklin High School, July 7 to August 3

This class introduces students to a variety of careers in the field of education, from preschool and K-12 teaching, to specialty areas, such as bilingual or special education. Students will gain a basic understanding of primary childhood development theories, culturally responsive teaching, and historical turning points that have shaped where we are today. Students will also learn some vital self-management and collaboration skills that can help them in school or any career. Through class discussions, multimedia, speakers, and hands-on assignments, students will have multiple opportunities to take ownership of their own learning and get clarity and direction about how to pursue a career in education or related field.

Video Game Design

Intro to Video Game Design, Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Seattle Center Armory Building, July 7 to August 3

Learn about digital art, animation, and gaming at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment campus at the Seattle Armory building located on the Seattle Center campus. Get acquainted with programming and create a simple video game in Unity. Students will learn about 2D animation, C# Programming, and Video Game Design.

Launch 206 Internships

Launch206 Internships, Various Locations, June 27 to August 4

Looking for a fun, challenging and participatory internship this summer? You can earn 0.5 CTE credit, work part time with industry professionals, and develop leadership skills necessary to be competitive in the work place. The mission of the Career Launch206 Internship Program is to build diverse talent pipelines into high demand, family-wage career pathways in the Seattle region. As a high school intern, you will work in a hybrid environment to learn about Seattle industries and develop the competencies of our future workforce, including: project management, public speaking, professional networking, and team leadership.

Grades: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors (ages 16, 17, 18)

Program Overview

  • Students will work approximately 18 hours a week between June 27 and August 4
  • You will attend class virtually, on a SPS-issued laptop Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • You will work on-site with your mentor Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • You and your team will present your Lion’s Den project in a final presentation to internal and external stakeholders on August 4.


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