Bothell High School Credit Options

Bothell High School is committed to supporting all students on their path to graduation and a high school diploma.  Occasionally a student will struggle in a class.  Below are options for students to make up a missing credit. 

Work Study:  Students in 10th, 11th, and 12th may earn .5 flexible credit per semester in the work study program (maximum 1 credit per school year) by completing 180 hours of work in legal employment.    Students must be taking a minimum of 5 other classes per semester to be eligible for this program.  The work study experience will generally be done outside of school hours, but the student may be given an early dismissal.   An employer's evaluation report of the student's work record, indicating satisfactory progress on the job, shall be filed with the school at the end of the semester.  A work study application is required and is available from Mr. Dawson in the Counseling Center.  

Summer School - Secondary Summer Academy:  

Classes usually occur late June through early August. This program offers both credit retrieval and first time credit, depending upon the courses offered. Course offerings include credit retrieval for math, science, social studies, and English, as well as numerous accelerated classes for students to earn credit outside of the school year.  There is a fee associated with these classes, although there is no cost for students who qualify for free/reduced meals. Secondary Summer Academy information and registration is available on the website and registration packets are typically available in BHS’s counseling office in April. 

State Testing Credit Retrieval: 

If the student has passed the required state testing (currently the Smarter Balanced Assessment), they may retrieve .5 credit for a failed corresponding subject area.   Passing the SBAC English Language Assessment: it is possible to retrieve .5 credit in English 9-11. Passing the SBAC Math Assessment: it is possible to retrieve .5 credit in Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra 2. Passing the WCAS Science Exam (Class of 2021 and beyond): it is possible to retrieve .5 science credit.  Please notify your counselor if you think you may qualify for this credit.  The counselor will evaluate whether you do qualify as restrictions apply.  

Bothell High School's APEX program:  

This is a free online program allowing the student to earn credit for a course they have failed in the past.  Classes are one semester in length, occur during the school day, and take up one class period of the seven period day. Classes offered through APEX include:  Social Studies, Science, English, Health, and Math. Students enrolled in APEX for one semester can make up 1-2 semesters of work (.5-1 credit) depending upon the student’s pace.  Students may take up to two semesters of APEX in one school year.  See your BHS counselor for registration information.

WaNIC Summer Skills Academy:  

These half-credit experiential learning classes are housed on multiple high school campuses on the Eastside.  There is a $50 materials fee for each class. Financial assistance may be available for students who qualify for free/reduced meals.  (Program offerings subject to change or cancellation.)  Information about this summer program is typically announced via the BHS daily bulletin and student email ( in March.  Students are directed to the WANIC website to register.  Information about the program is also posted at in March. Students primarily earn Career and Technical Education credit, but some courses do offer other types of credit, such as health, math, lab science, and the arts

World Language Competency Test:  

NSD students can earn up to 4 high school flexible (elective) credits in a World Language by successfully passing a World Language Competency Test and demonstrating proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Information is available on the website.

 Running Start:  

Students enroll in and attend classes at a local community or technical college.  Students must be able to manage a fast-paced college environment and pass a placement test to qualify. While this is not a “credit recovery program”, students can earn credits at an accelerated rate (9 credits per year for full time enrollment).  Tuition is paid for by NSD; books and associated class fees are the responsibility of the family.  Credits can be earned in:  English, Social Studies, Health and Fitness, The Arts, Math, Science, and Career & Technical Education. Visit the Running Start section of the BHS Counseling website for steps to apply.

Outside Credits:   

To preserve the integrity of the Northshore comprehensive high school diploma Northshore School District accepts up to 3.5 credits from some accredited outside educational programs.  Approved outside providers can be viewed at OSPI's Approved Online Course Providers website. Counselors can also provide guidance to help find appropriate outside providers.


BHS Counseling Staff:



Erin Person Office Manager 425.408.7019
Lisa Carson A – DEA  425.408.7021
Lindsay Clark Eckle DEB – HOO 425.408.7022
James Sanders HOP – MC  425.408.7013
Rob Felton ME – R  425.408.7020
Danielle Yamada S – Z   425.408.7023
BJ Dawson Career Counselor/High School & Beyond Coordinator  425.408.7028