Running Start is a program that allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college courses at Washington's 34 community and technical colleges. Students earn both high school and college credits for these courses.
Running Start students and their families do not pay tuition. They are responsible for mandatory fees, books and transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes, which accelerates their progress through the education system.
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Washington Student Achievement Council
State Board of Education
Running Start Coordinator Resources
- RCW 28A.600.300-28A.600.400 Running Start Program
- RCW 28A.230.090 High School Graduation Requirements — Postsecondary credit equivalencies
- RCW 28A.600.020 Exclusion of student from classroom — Written disciplinary procedures — Long-term suspension or expulsion
- RCW 28A.150.290 State superintendent to make rules and regulations — Unforeseen conditions or actions to be recognized — Paperwork limited
- RCW 28B.50.535 Community or Technical College — Issuance of High School Diploma or Certificate
- WAC 392-169 Special Service Programs Running Start Program
- WAC 180-51-053 Community college high school diploma programs
Running Start Links
- Running Start Coordinators at each college
- Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Running Start information, including enrollment reimbursement rates and frequently asked questions.
Running Start eList
Get involved in conversations with your peers at other colleges. Join the Running Start Mailman Mail-List.
Last Modified: 4/6/23, 10:52 PM