Applying for Running Start
- Consult your counselor, teachers and parents/guardians about your readiness for college-level work and the college environment.
- Arrange to take the Compass assessment test. The test is offered regularly and costs $19. *This test fee and other Running Start fees may be waived for students who are enrolled in the Free Lunch Program. Proof of high school enrollment and verification of participation in the Free Lunch Program is required. See your high school counselor.
- Obtain your test results from the Running Start testing center.
- Make an appointment with your Counselor. Bring your Compass Test results, Enrollment Verification Form, and the SPS form (see below for links to forms). Since registration is first-come-first-served, it is a good idea to have an alternate course schedule should your first choice classes be filled.
- Submit aIl of your Running Start application materials to the college Running Start office. Meet with the college Running Start advisor/counselor.
- It is imperative that you consider your Garfield courses and periods as you register for courses at Running Start. GHS courses are for a full semester, while RS courses are offered on a quarterly basis (Fall, Winter and Spring). Any conflicts should be avoided! It is the student's responsibility to address these concerns with their Running Start advisor/counselor.
The colleges may require a variety of fees (testing, activity, technology and other fees), in addition to textbook purchases. Textbooks should be purchased prior to the first day of classes and arethe responsibility of the student. See your counselor for a Test, Fee Waiver, and Book Loan Program Form
.For more information, contact your high school counselor or the Running Start Coordinator at one of the Seattle Colleges.
Seattle Central College http://seattlecentral.org/runstart/
North Seattle College http://www.northseattle.edu/services/runstart/
South Seattle College http://www.southseattle.edu/running-start/
- Courses taken spring quarter of your senior year do count towards your graduation requirements. Since Running Start grades are not official before the graduation ceremony, you must meet your graduation requirements prior to spring quarter to participate in the ceremony.
- Be aware that it is your responsibility to stay informed. Visit the web site to access the Daily Bulletin and look for important dates on the Counseling Office page.
- You must be classified as an 11th grader by September 1st to participate in Running Start!
RS Enrollment Information Guide
RS Equivalencies and SPS Verification Form