Running Start

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Running Start

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.



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, and 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.


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.

Academic Calendar

Important reminders! 

(sent 11/13 to FT Running Start students in skyward) 

Running Start Student Winter/Fall Update Message:  

The OHS Counseling Webpage is NOT UPDATED!!  Please be patient as we upgrade & upload our information to this NEW system.  In the meanwhile I wanted to make sure you received some reminders….Thanks for reading!  Ms. Boelts, Career Center Counselor 

Seniors & Juniors: 

High School & Beyond Plan Completion Information – Attachment with this email.  Stay up to date on your completion!   View the attachment.  


Senior HSBP Deadline - January 26

How to access Career Cruising & your HSBP information.  

Go to: to login.  

User Name:  ohs-(your DISTRICT login  

Password:   OHS STUDENT ID #

Questions? Contact us in the Career Center.  

Required ASSIGNMENTS for RS Seniors

1. Resume – updated, no errors!  

2. Professional Letter – no errors, tone & 

3. Senior Reflective Paper – you have 3 options to choose from:  

a. submit the Senior Reflective Paper (pick up a copy in Career Center)

b. use a COLLEGE ESSAY you used for any 4 year school application

c. Sign up for a personal Senior Exit interview (scheduled in April)

New for JUNIORS in HSBP – 

B2Y Connect is a NEW program offered to OSD students.  Please ask a B2Y Career Coach 1 detailed & thoughtful question before February 2nd.   Log into Career Cruising to see Journal Activity description.  Professional Letter Assignment – this will be covered after Spring Break.  You may attend the working support session 9:30-10:30 on April 13


Junior Registration for Senior Year – Feb 7-March 6 appointments will be taken with your counselor for registration.   Double check you have all requirements for graduation!   Be sure to have your PE WAIVER TURNED (ASAP!!) to count toward graduation.  This cannot be turned in late.  

Seniors – Be AWARE of your 4 year school application & scholarship deadlines if you plan to apply. Apply as a FRESHMAN with college credit OR DTA (direct transfer agreement with an Associates Degree – check school transfer agreement). 

**Keep in mind some schools REQUIRE your information to be submitted EARLIER than application deadline . Many out of state WUE/WICHE partner schools with discounted tuition rates and MOST ALL scholarships have deadlines PRIOR to regular decision deadlines.  You miss these deadlines YOU WILL LOSE OUT ON financial aid opportunities, scholarships and discounted tuition!!  KNOW YOUR DATES – DOUBLE CHECK!! 

Seniors – Have you completed your FAFSA??  Please file ASAP.


SeniorsNeed a recommendation or transcript for your application?  YOU MUST request this from your counselor/teacher PRIOR TO DEC 1.   Form is ONLINE on the main Career Center.  

Senior Status Forms are PAST DUE – This document reviews your requirements to graduate & your chosen name for your diploma!  You should have received a BLUE FORM along with your transcripts by mail.  This must be signed & returned ASAP, discuss any discrepancies with your counselor.  (Due date Oct 30) If you did not receive this letter contact your counselor ASAP.  

ALL – Running Start Verification Forms will be signed during the school day Nov 9-Dec 11.  Check in with your counselor. 

Be sure to read SKYWARD messages, OlyWay,  DAILY BULLETIN, participate in school activities! 

Career Center will be offering many workshops, guest speakers & opportunities for YOU. 

A few upcoming highlights: 

Better Business Bureau Presentation in Career Center – Finances, Scams & Adulting!  – Dec 1

Glow Lo Dance – Dec 2 (Senior Class fundraiser!!) 

Stay active & involved.  Do you need support or assistance?  Please do not hesitate to contact your counselor!    

Go Bears!