Running Start does just that: It give high school juniors and seniors a running start on college-level classes (classes 100 level and above). Those classes count twice: once towards fulfillment of high school graduation requirements and again for college credit.
Running Start is a component of the Learning by Choice bill that allows qualifying juniors and seniors to enroll in tuition-free college level courses at Community Colleges in Washington state. Students must have junior standing (12 credits), have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and must pass the placement test given at the Community College.
BHS students typically take Running Start courses at Olympic College (Bremerton or Poulsbo) or Seattle Central College. There are many factors to consider in trying to determine if this program is right for you or your student. For more information, contact Olympic College or Seattle Central Community College directly.
***Students Planning on Participating in Running Start for the 2019 - 2020 School Year***
Plan on taking your placement test/submitting Smarter Balance** test scores in April of 2019 in order to determine initial placement, so we can register you for The Fall 2019 Quarter by early to mid May 2019.
-Seattle Central Placement test options: English (Wonderlic test) and Math (ALEKS). See below link for all options:
**In lieu of an English and Math placement test, both Olympic College and Seattle Central will accept a student's 11th grade Smarter Balance ELA (English Language Assessment) for English Placement. Only Seattle Central will accept Smarter Balance Math results for Math placement.
Important Dates for Seattle Central College for the Fall 2019 Quarter
SCC RS Admission: They have no priority application deadline, but the sooner the better.
SCC RS Advising: As soon as the student takes the placement test/presents SBA test scores, they can pick up an
application packet at the SCC RS office and then set up an
SCC RS Registration: Continuing Students begin 5/7; New Students begin 5/18
Important Dates for Olympic College for the Fall 2019 Quarter
OC RS Admission: 5/1 - Priority Deadline for application materials
OC RS Advising: Bremerton Campus appointments begin 5/6**
Poulsbo Campus 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13
OC RS Registration: Continuing Students begin 5/28; New Students begin 6/10
** Advising appointment timeframes are based on the availability of the online class schedule.