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    Summer Courses

    Open to all Seattle Public Schools students entering 9th – 12th grade in September. (See a video introduction to the Skills Center and summer course offerings.)

    Applications must be received by our office no later than Friday, June 16, 2017.


    July 5 – July 28, 2017*
    Monday – Friday
    11:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

    (*different schedule for World School location. See application for details.)


    9th Grade Advantage
    Get ready for high school! This course includes training in computer literacy, introduction to career options, High School & Beyond Plan prep, and field trips to businesses representing a wide range of industries and careers. Build skills that will help in high school, college, and career. Get to know your high school and get started on those 24 credits early! Space is limited.

    Intro to Career Choices
    This course is an introduction to career options and will include computer skills and time to work on the High School & Beyond plan. There will be field trips to businesses representing a wide range of industries and careers.

    Intro to Aerospace Science
    Learn the history of the aerospace industry, participate in hands-on problem-solving activities providing real-world challenges faced in the aerospace industry today.

    Intro to Automotive Technology*
    *This class is full but you can still apply. You will be placed on the waitlist and contacted if a spot opens.
    Learn basic vehicle maintenance and safety requirements in the automotive industry. Students will participate in hands-on learning, field trips, and guest speakers from related industries.

    Intro to Computer Applications
    Students are introduced to software products used in business today, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Apply these skills to resume building, career search, and college readiness.

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

    Intro to Culinary Arts
    Learn various cooking techniques during hands-on food production labs. Increase your knowledge of the culinary industry, learning about various occupations within this broad area.

    Cyber Camp at AIE*
    *This class is full but you can still apply. You will be placed on the waitlist and contacted if a spot opens.
    Learn about digital art, animation, and gaming at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment! Get acquainted with C programming and create a simple video game in Unity.

    Intro to Engineering
    Prepare for a hands-on opportunity for students to explore problem-solving skills. Students work from sketching simple geometric shapes to applying a solid modeling computer software package.

    Intro to Firefighting & Emergency Medical Services
    This course introduces students to careers as firefighters and other emergency services careers. It includes instruction in firefighting equipment operation and maintenance, and principles of fire science.

    Intro to Graphic Arts*
    *This class is full but you can still apply. You will be placed on the waitlist and contacted if a spot opens.
    This course serves as a fusion between technical skill and graphic mastery. Students will learn how to use the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign) effectively and learn to apply the principles of graphic design to a variety of print-based graphic design projects. 

    Intro to Maritime Operations
    This course blends modern and traditional seamanship skills. Hands-on learning in navigation, engine maintenance, and vessel handling, while exploring a range of in-demand maritime careers. 

    Intro to Media Arts – Digital Storytelling
    Explore how artists communicate through a variety of digital formats! Students interested in film or animation production will create a short documentary in order to gain experience with creative software while learning 21st-century skills necessary for success in the industry.

    Intro to Medical Careers
    Participate in project-based learning, increasing your knowledge of the various fields of medical careers including nurse assisting, health science, and medical assisting.

    Intro Multimedia Broadcasting
    Learn about the various types of multi-media and how media can be used to reach a wide range of audiences. Learn about career opportunities.

    Intro to Teaching Academy/Careers in Education
    Through hands-on learning, this course will provide students an introduction to the many opportunities and career options in the education field, including childcare and teaching.


    How the program works

    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.

    Food / Meals
    Students are responsible for their own lunches/snacks every day.

    Absences & Tardies

    • Students may miss no more than 3 days, regardless of reason.
    • If a student has more than 3 absences, zero credit will be earned and an E grade will be recorded on the transcript.
    • Please note that frequent, excessive tardies may affect your grade which could result in zero credit.

    Why the rules for absences and tardies: high school credit is awarded based on a student’s successful completion of an established number of hours of planned instructional activities defined by the district. (Board Policy 2420, 7/2/14) If a student misses excessive instructional hours due to frequent tardies or absences, the credit cannot be awarded.

    Grading & Credit

    • Upon completion with a passing grade, a student will receive .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.