• Running Start is intended to provide students a program option consisting of attendance at certain higher education institutions and the simultaneous earning of high school and college/university credit. Running Start was initiated by the Legislature as a component of the 1990 parent and student Learning by Choice Law.

    Students in grades 11 and 12 can take college courses at Washington's community and technical colleges, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Northwest Indian College, and Washington State University.

    Running Start students and their families do not pay tuition for Running Start courses, but they may need to pay college fees and buy their books, as well as provide their own transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for passing these classes and, therefore, can accelerate their progress by completing specific credit requirements for high school graduation and course requirements for a technical certification or associate’s degree.

    If you are interested in learning more about Running Start, please contact Derek: derek.degroot@sno.wednet.edu or 360-563-3408.