Running Start is a program that allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college courses at Washington's 34 community and technical colleges. Students earn both high school and college credits for these courses.
Running Start students and their families do not pay tuition as long as the individual courses split between ICS and Running Start equal the total state funding per student. At ICS, only part time Running Start is available; students need to be enrolled in at least 5 classes at ICS, which typically leaves room for 1 course per quarter at the college (fall, winter, spring). Your high school counselor will help you with this once you have the RSEVF ready (see below). Families are responsible for mandatory fees, books and transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes.
Steps to enroll in a Running Start Program
Becoming a Running Start student is a big decision and taking college courses during your high school years is not for everyone. Please spend some time to thoroughly read through the Running Start program information on the college website listed at the right, as this will help you determine if you are ready for college level work during your junior and/or senior years.
After you’ve decided that you want to enroll in the Running Start program, you MUST complete steps 1-4 before scheduling a follow up appointment with your counselor to discuss Running Start options and sign paperwork.
Step 1 - Attend Running Start Informational session (or watch a recording).
Step 2 - Complete the online college application.
Step 3 - Set up your college email and obtain your Student ID.
Step 4 - Take the placement assessment in English and Math or provide the college proper placement information.
One way to determine placement is by sending your ICS transcript or SBA Scores to the college; if you need a copy of your transcript, you can download it from Skyward.
Step 5 - Set up a meeting with your high school counselor to sign the verification form. At this meeting, we will go over everything that Running Start entails and the process for completing the enrollment verification form (RSEVF) each quarter.
Step 6 - Submit your RSEVF directly to the college and wait for confirmation from them with information on how to sign up for your classes.
Below are links to help you find more information about the Running Start Program and enrollment process:
Lake Washington Institute of Technology