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Ballard Maritime Academy


Ballard High School
1418 NW 65th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 252-1000


John Foster
BMA Lead Instructor
Maritime Survey & Maritime Skills
Work: (206) 252-1137 
Cell: (206) 355-0161

Norm Gundle

Overview of Services:

The Ballard Maritime Academy (BMA), was established in 1999 and is supported by the Youth Maritime Training Association (YMTA), Alliance for Education, Ballard High School Foundation, local maritime industries, marine-related educational institutions, and the Seattle Public Schools Career and Technical Education Department.

The BMA is a small learning community within Ballard High School where students focus on a maritime career theme within the context of their overall education. Students are introduced to the career opportunities in maritime related endeavors including oceanography, recreational boating, commercial fishing, shipyards & vessel construction, boat design, maritime law, cruise ships, and the merchant marine or service academies.

The Ballard Maritime Academy provides a real-world relevance to education, meeting the Washington State and Seattle Public Schools academic standards, while preparing our students for college and careers.

Credential: NO

The BMA is an elective process at the high school level that educates students about the next steps on a maritime career pathway, but does not offer credentials.

If pursuing a maritime career path, we recommend enrolling in a 4-yr maritime academy such as the Seattle Maritime Academy at Seattle Central Community College. If pursuing industry certification, we recommend enlisting in the Coast Guard.

Equity Lens:

The BMA is an inclusive program for high school students. Students gain more diversity in their courses from this elective program and are able to easily access more information about maritime career pathways. 

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