• WHAT IS RUNNING START?

    • Running Start is a great way to earn college credits as a junior and/or senior in high school by attending community college instead of high school.  
    • Running Start is for individuals who are READY for college.  You must be  self-motivated, organized, and willing to take on “adult” learning. (Parents will not have access to your grades or communicate with your college teachers). 
    • Running Start is NOT free (there are some fees each quarter and you have to pay for books).  The state will pay up to 21 credits per quarter (15 credits = full time) toward your tuition if you do full-time R.S. 
    • If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, you may be able to waive some of your fees. Talk to the Running Start Office at your college for details.

    STEPS FOR ENROLLMENT INTO RUNNING START (RS)

    1. Attend/watch the required Running Start Webinar to identify if Running Start is a good fit for you. Please review all the program information below. Running Start Overview Video

    2. Research community college websites for Running Start information. Please see enrollment videos and presentations below. Attend information sessions at the college. Students may pursue Running Start through other community colleges, if preferred.

      Video:  How to enroll and register for Running Start at Edmonds College
      Video: How to enroll and register for Running Start at Everett CC

    3. Complete the enrollment process and registration steps for your chosen college. Parent/guardian participation is required. Each college posts specific enrollment information on their RS web page links below.

    Edmonds College Running Start

    Everett Community College Running Start

    4. Review and sign the KHS Running Start Contract 

    5. Meet with your Kamiak counselor to complete the RS Verification Form. You MUST bring a copy of the verification form to your meeting, filled out with student information (top section) and all signatures. 
       
    Please be sure to also bring your signed Running Start Contract, placement information from the college, and the college classes (course titles and codes) you have selected.

    Note: Each college has advisors available to help you choose classes at the college and will help you achieve your goals of earning your Associate's Degree or Transfer Degree to other 
    programs/universities, if desired. Your high school counselor will assist you in monitoring your progress in earning your requirements for KHS graduation. Kamiak counselors cannot advise on AA/AS 
    degrees.

    6. Students will submit their verification form to the college to finalize registration. Once the form is submitted, students will log in to their CTC Link account to sign-up for their chosen classes, once class 
    registration opens.

            Once you're enrolled and registered for classes at RS you will be dropped from any Kamiak classes that you intend to take at the college. Remember you should not be visiting Kamiak's campus during
            school hours unless you are attending classes.

    HOW DO RUNNING START CREDITS WORK?

    • 1 credit in college = .2 High School (H.S.) Credit
    • Most college courses are worth 5 college credits = 1 H.S. credit
    • State will pay tuition for up to 21 credits per quarter (3 quarters) 
    • Full-Time Running Start students can earn up to 63 college credits per year, which = 1 and 1/3 years of college.
    • Full-Time Running Start student can also earn up to 12.6 H.S. credits per year = 2 years of H.S.

    See comparison chart below:

     

    HOW MANY COLLEGE CREDITS CAN YOU TAKE THROUGH RUNNING START?

    HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR RUNNING START?

    HOW TO QUALIFY FOR RS

    Course Equivalencies at Running Start: College Classes You Need to Meet Your High School Requirements 

    Click for Adobe .PDF File of Running Start Equivalencies by subject

    Click for Adobe .PDF File of Running Start Course Equivalencies 

    WHAT IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS?

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    WHAT IS ORCA IN RUNNING START?

    Everett Community College has a special honors program called ORCA (Ocean Research College Academy).

    This is a selective program that requires additional admissions requirements including writing three essays and submitting letters of recommendation.  Class sizes are small and only 60 students per year are admitted.

    RUNNING START COLLEGE RESOURCES AND REFERENCE LINKS

    Edmonds College Running Start
    Website: https://www.edmonds.edu/highschool/runningstart/default.html (Use the online/LIVE assistance)
    Edmonds College Representative for Kamiak:
    Anya Nikolic anya.nikolic@email.edcc.edu ; runningstart@edcc.edu

    Everett Community College Running Start
    Website: https://www.everettcc.edu/enrollment/hs-programs/running-start
    Email: runningstart@everettcc.edu ; awalker@everettcc.edu
    Phone: 425-388-9040 (leave a voicemail)

    Everett Community College ORCA (Ocean Research College Academy)
    Website: https://www.everettcc.edu/programs/math-science/orca
    Ardi Kveven, Executive Director akveven@everettcc.eduorca@everettcc.edu