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    Physical Education (PE) waivers:

    When and to whom am I supposed to turn in the PE waiver?

    Pick up a PE waiver form in the Counseling Office or on the Counseling website. The deadline for 1st semester is March 1st, and the deadline for 2nd semester is October 1st. Please make a copy (or take a photo) of the waiver prior to turning in. Completed forms go to Ms. Griffin in room 304 or in her mailbox in the main office. Seniors must submit their waiver before Senior Checkout.

    What activities count for a PE waiver?

    The activities must include having a supervisor/coach, regular practices, and some form of competition. If you have questions or uncertainty about your particular activity being approved, please check with Ms. Griffin prior to starting your activity.

    What is the process for getting a waiver since PE courses won’t fit in my schedule?

    This would fall under the “category 5 – academic waiver”. Students must have a full academic schedule – no Teachers Assistant courses, Early Dismissals or Late Arrivals – for all 4 years. Students can start to apply for the “academic waiver” beginning 2nd semester of 11th grade. You will need to provide a copy of your unofficial transcript and a copy of your schedule for 1st & 2nd semester (you can get these from Ms. Traci in the Counseling Office).


    Do quarter grades go on my official transcript?

    No – only semester grades are reflected on the transcript.

    Graduation Requirements:

    How do I know what courses count as Occupational Education, Fine Arts, general Electives, etc.?

    The Course Description Guide (located on the main Garfield High School website under "Academics") will tell you the course credit designation. 

    How do I know if I've met the State Testing Requirements?

    Please our Academic Intervention Specialist

    Credit Retrieval:

    What are my options to make up courses that I didn't pass?

    There are several options for credit retrieval - Seattle Public Schools summer school program, online courses via Garfield's program (register with Ms. Alston), and Running Start (for 11th and 12th grade students). For specific questions  and information about these programs, please contact your school counselor.

    Running Start:

    What is the process for  Running Start sign ups and registration?

    Students will need to set up an appointment with Ms. Traci in the Counseling Office (via email, in-person, or via phone) to meet with your Counselor to go over  the necessary paperwork. Also, students will need 2 forms signed by the student & parent, and filled out completely PRIOR to meeting with their Counselor – Running Start Enrollment Verification Form & the SPS Running Start form. These forms are available on the Counseling website and in the Counseling office.

    Where do I pick up a COMPASS Test fee waiver?

    The fee for taking the COMPASS Test is $19. If you are on Free-Reduced Meals, you are eligible to receive a fee waiver from your Counselor. You must provide a letter confirming your Free-Reduced Lunch meal status – please contact Nutrition Services @ if you do not have a copy of your letter. 

    Transcripts & College Applications:

    What is the difference between an official and an unofficial transcript?

    Official transcripts are signed by Mr. Howard, our Principal, and sealed. Unofficial transcripts are simply copies of transcripts without an official signature or seal.

    How do I order an official transcript?

    Please see Ms. Traci in the Counseling Office in order to request an official transcript. They typically take 2-3 days to process.

    What is Common Application and what do I need to know about it?

    Common Application is an online college application portal that allows students to create an account in order to apply to multiple colleges at once (not all colleges are on Common Application). After creating a student account, the student should request their Counselor to fill out the Secondary School Report by entering the contact information for their respective Counselor (this is part of the application process on Common Application). Counselors will then upload 3 separate School Reports (Initial, Mid Year & Final) throughout the school year. These School Reports include transcripts and they will not need to be submitted separately by the student.

    For college applications, how do I know if I have to order a paper transcript or if I can send an official transcript electronically?

    For Common Application schools, the Counselors will send all transcripts on the students’ behalf – no need to send transcripts separately. For other schools, please check their Admissions website to determine if they will accept unofficial copies or if they require paper hard copies of official transcripts.

    Are Garfield GPA's weighted?

    No. We only use weighted GPA's to determine class ranking. Weighted GPA's are not published or sent to colleges.

    How do I find out my class ranking?

    Email your counselor. 


    Please visit the Garfield Testing website.


    The SAT is an assessment used by many colleges to evaluate applicants.  SAT scores are also used in evaluating merit-based scholarship applications. The SAT is offered at Garfield for all 11th grade students once per year (date varies), free of charge. No registration is necessary. For SAT test prep, please visit Khan Academy at: Go to the College Board website and create an account to retrieve and send test scores to colleges, as well as to register for other SAT test dates.

    AP Tests

    Advanced Placement exams are typically administered in May. Students do not have to take the specific AP course in order to be eligible to take AP exams. For more information, including AP exam registration, please click here.  A College Board account is needed to access scores and send the scores to colleges. Please visit the College Board AP Exam website for more information. 


    The ACT is an assessment used by many colleges to evaluate applicants. ACT scores can also be used to evaluate merit-based scholarship application. Click here to register, review, and plan for the ACT. 

    Comparing the SAT to the ACT

    Where do I get waivers for the ACT / SAT if I am on free/reduced meals?

    Please visit Ms. Tiffany Bigham, our College & Career Center Specialist, in room 103 and bring your free/reduced meals verification letter. If you need a copy of your free/reduced meals letter, please contact Nutrition Services at 206-252-0675 or

    What is STAMP Language Testing and how do I register?

    Students register at:

    Seattle World School
    1698 E Union St
    Seattle, WA 98122

    More information for students and families at this link: 

    (there are brochures in 10 languages that you can download and print)