Running Start is a program designed for eligible juniors and seniors allowing enrollment in Community College. Students earn both college and high school credit for any course completed. Students must qualify for eligibility for the program by obtaining parent/guardian permission and passing the College Placement Test (CPT) given at the Community College. Although not required, it is highly recommended that students considering Running Start, hold a high school GPA of 3.0 or above.
Running Start students pay no college tuition however, they are responsible for the purchase of textbooks, supplies, transportation, parking and other necessary fees. Running Start students register for classes online through the Community College and are required each quarter to obtain and submit a Running Start Enrollment Verification Form signed by their high school Counselor and parent/guardian. Students new to Running Start are required to attend an orientation or complete the orientation online at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) prior to enrolling. College Advisors assist students when planning the two year degree requirements and, high school counselors advise students for high school graduation requirements.
How do you begin?
Follow the process below, print out the necessary forms from the links provided. Find information about the placement test and check SPSCC class schedules. Make an appointment with your high school counselor and return your test results and signed forms to them to complete the process.
Open and sign the Olympia High School General Information and Reminders form, (it requires both student and parent/guardian signatures) and bring it along with the registration form. Olympia High School Running Start General Information & Reminders
Students are required to complete the Running Start Enrollment Verification form each and every quarter of attendance. This form must be signed by the student, their parent/guardian and their high school counselor. This signed form allows the Olympia School District to pay tuition costs. Open the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form here.
Students must apply to South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) and qualify for the Running Start Program through placement testing. See the SPSCC Website WWW.SPSCC.EDU, for detailed information on the Running Start process, see the Running Start Check-List. Cost for the Placement test is $25.00. Students are required to bring picture ID and no appointment is necessary. Follow the link to connect to the Test Center and to take a practice College Placement Test here. TEST CENTER.
Check out the Olympia School District SPSCC Course Equivalencies 2014-2015 and beyond (Answers to what courses at SPSCC satisfy OHS graduation requirements.)
Also, Check out the SPSCC Mathematics Equivalencies Guide. Any course below 100 level does not qualify for Running Start tuition.
Below is your link to the South Puget Sound Community College yearly calendar.
Important reminders! Running start students must complete a High School Beyond Plan. It is the responsibility of Running Start Students to make sure all requirements are met. Meet with your High School Counselor regularly to get the answers to questions you may have and to make a plan to complete these high school graduation requirements.
You are invited to attend Information Sessions to learn more about Running Start and hear from Director, Barbara Linzy.