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    Want to learn more about Running Start? Garfield's own College and Career Specialist Ms. Tiffany and Y-Scholars Specialist Ms. Whitney will break it down for you. Watch this informative video covering all things Running Start. Is Running Start Right For You?

    Running Start Memorandum of Understanding - District Form

    TO NOTEFall 2021 Garfield Course Selections- If wanting a combination of Garfield and Running Start classes for the 2021-2022 academic year, follow these additional directions: Directions for Taking Concurrent Yearlong Classes at Garfield with Fall Quarter Running Start

    Running Start Registration Directions:


    Mr. Willis will open for Fall Registration starting (Mon) April 19th. For us, no appointment is needed. 

    UPDATE: Mr. Willis is now closed for the summer. He will open mid-August to complete FALL RS paperwork.

    Returnee from Spring Quarter:

    1. E-mail Mr. Willis ( what classes you'd like to enroll in at the college.

    2. He will complete a signed RSEVF form for you.

    3. You will take this form back to the college and finish your registration with the college. 

    New to Running Start:

    1. E-mail to Mr. Willis ( copies of your placement test results. (Placement tests are taken through the Testing Office of the college).
    2. In your e-mail also provide the following:
    • Student Name
    • Parent Name
    • Phone
    • E-mail
    • College ID#
    • Free/Reduced Lunch YES or NO; if yes provide him your confirmation letter from nutrition services:
    • Current Grade level
    • College attending
    • List of Fall classes you'd like to enroll in. If unsure ask him what his recommendations for you would be.

      3. He will complete a signed form for you.

      4. You will take this form back to the college and finish your registration with them. 

      5. Make sure you hit the college deadlines. Make sure you sign-up/attend any mandatory orientations they have.

    Additional Running Start Information:

    • You must be classified as an 11th grader by September 1st to participate in Running Start.

    • Be aware that it is your responsibility to stay informed.  Visit frequently this Running Start page or consider getting the Garfield App.

    • Courses taken spring quarter of your senior year do count towards your graduation requirements.  But be aware, 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.

    • At the end of each quarter, the college will send your transcript directly to Garfield. Our counselor and registrar will then work to put these grades on your Garfield transcript.

    • Colleges own their grades. If you have a dispute or issue with your college grade(s) go first to the instructor then to their department chair or Running Start counselor for help.

    • If a grade gets changed after the initial transcript has been sent, it is up to you to request an updated one be sent to Garfield.

    • As a Running Start student you will be maintaining two transcripts. A Seattle Public Schools transcript and a College transcript. Please note for the 2019/2020 academic school year, Seattle Public Schools changed their grading policies regarding incoming Running Start grades. Please be aware that your two transcripts during that year may not match. When applying to college, best practice remains to send out both your Seattle Public Schools transcript and your College transcript. It will be up to the receiving institution on what grade(s) they choose to accept.

    • Sign-ups for Running Start classes happens 3 times a year. (Fall/Winter/Spring)

    • If you are new to Seattle Public Schools, make sure you have an assignment to Garfield HS with a Student ID number before e-mailing Mr. Willis to complete your forms. For questions regarding your assignment contact Enrollment at 206.252.0760 or go to the District Enrollment website.