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Running Start Information

Running Start provides qualified 11th and 12th grade students an option to attend certain higher education institutions while earning high school and college/university credit.

Running Start provides students an opportunity to enroll at certain institutions of higher education and earn high school and college credit.
Junior- and Senior-year students, as determined by the local public-school district are eligible to participate in Running Start. Second-year Seniors are limited to taking only the classes needed to meet South Kitsap graduation requirements and must have participated in Running Start in either their junior or senior year.

Running Start students and their families do not pay tuition but do pay college fees and buy their own books, as well as provide their own transportation.

Students earning both high school and college credit can accelerate their progress through the education system. Students taking a full Running Start course load for two years may earn an associate degree by the end of their senior year of high school.

In order to participate in Running Start you must:

  • Have a junior or senior standing in high school
  • Apply in March prior to the fall quarter you plan to attend
  • Enroll in courses that are approved by your high school counselor to meet graduation requirements – does not apply for homeschool students
  • Be responsible for transportation, lab fees, and books
  • Take the Accuplacer test administered by the college

    Participating Colleges:
    ✓ Tacoma Community College
    ✓ Olympic College
    ✓ Clover Park Technical College
    ✓ Bates Technical College
    ✓ Pierce College

For more information on participating in Running Start through Explorer Academy please click the link below to view our 2020/2021 Running Start presentation:

RS presentation 2021.pptx