Puget Sound Skills Center
18010 8th Avenue South Burien, WA 98148

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Puget Sound Skills Center
18010 8th Avenue South Burien, WA 98148

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Student Handbook 2020-21

Letter from the Principal/Director

On behalf of the Administration and staff at Puget Sound Skills Center and Puget Sound High School, we would like to say welcome to the 2020-21 school year. We believe you have made a great decision to prepare you for your educational pathway that will make a difference in your future by choosing to attend PSSC or PSHS. Your program participation will create opportunities for you to experience a personally designed education program that will help prepare you for your future college and career endeavors upon your graduation from high school. PSSC is entering its 55th year of preparing bright minds for careers in their respective program interest.

PSSC offers students the benefit of blending theoretical and applied learning formats to accommodate multiple learning styles therefore providing students with a more personalized approach to their education. PSSC offers 18 quality Career and Technical Education programs.

At PSSC we strive to offer programs that are taught by industry experienced teachers on state-of-the-art equipment.  College and industry standard research has indicated that students who are involved in a career and technical education program that supports their core academic subjects have higher academic achievement, better attendance in school, fewer discipline issues and a higher rate of passage on state assessments and industry based certification exams. We see these successes each day at PSSC/PSHS.  Our staff has high expectations of all students who participate in their respective programs. We truly focus on the mission of preparing students for college, career and citizenship with multiple pathways guidance and monitoring to ensure students reach their final post program destinations. Our teachers go the extra mile for each student to ensure this goal is met.

Congratulations on your decision to attend PSSC/PSHS. We believe you have made the right choice for your future preparations. We look forward to having you on campus and working with you continuously throughout the completion of your school year.

Todd Moorhead, Principal/Director
Dave Estes, Vice Principal


Preparing our students with skills and knowledge for success in college, career and citizenship.


All students - prepared, passionate and pursuing a rewarding career.

Core Values

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Excellence

Focus Areas of PSSC Strategic Plan

  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Relationships
  • Technology
  • Resources

PSSC Schedule


School Hours Monday - Friday

Period 1: 7:55 - 10:25 a.m. (M/Tu/Th/Fr)
Wednesday 7:55 - 10:25 a.m.
Period 2: 10:25 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Wednesday 10:25 - 12:55 a.m.

Period 3: Third Session    3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Period 3: Aeronautical Science 
3:45 - 6:00 p.m. (M/Tu/W/Th/Fr)


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