Running Start

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Running Start

Running Start is a program designed for eligible juniors and seniors who choose to enroll in Community College in order to earn college and high school credit simultaneously. Students earn both college and high school credit for any course completed, 100+level. 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 and other necessary fees (can be up to $350 per quarter). 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..


Interested in enrolling in Running Start?


If you are interested in the Running Start Program, it is important for you to gather information to determine if this is a good fit for you by watching the video on the SPSCC website and attending an information session.

Students are required to complete the OHS course requests for the following year (March-April) and we can make changes once SPSCC enrollment is confirmed. 

To be successful in this program, it is important that you are very organized, do well with time management and you are ready to put in the additional work for college level coursework. You will also need to have your own reliable transportation to SPSCC. Note that even though tuition (up to 15 credits) is paid through the Running Start Program, you will be responsible for $300-$700 per quarter (fees and books).  Fee waivers are available for students on free/reduced lunch.

Please go to the following website to start the Running Start application process. As a potential future RS student, it is up to the student to follow these instructions and contact the college with email setup/application questions or problems.


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Taking the placement Test

Accuplacer – College Placement Test

During the COVID-19 “Stay Home” order, SPSCC is offering remote Accuplacer testing using Zoom from the safety of your home.  To pay the $25 fee and to schedule your placement testing appointment, please go to Register Blast.

Proctored sessions are limited to small groups so please sign up as soon as possible to avoid lengthy wait times. We recommend that you look over Accuplacer study guides   and familiarize yourself with using Zoom functions on your computer prior to your scheduled testing time.

If you have question for the Assessment/Testing Centers, please email us at

SPSCC-OHS Class Equivalencies- How do I decide which classes I should take at SPSCC to meet my OHS requirements?

You can access the Olympia School District course equivalency guide:

If you are planning to be a full time Running Start student (or working towward your AA degree), please make an appointment with an SPSCC advisorYou can do that by logging into your myspscc account, clicking on Compass and then hitting the schedule button next to my name. Select the time and day that works best for your schedule. This appointment is a Zoom meeting and will give you all the information when you make the appointment. 


Questions Contact your Counselor - link to Counselors