Washington State legislature allows qualified students to take courses at local community/technical colleges during their junior and/or senior year of high school through the Running Start Program. Students can earn both college credit and high school credit at the same time. In order to qualify, a student needs to have a minimum of 10 credits and junior status as determined by the Issaquah School District, take and pass an assessment test at the college and complete an application to the college.

A decision to participate in Running Start is a yearlong commitment due to the differences between the semester system at the high school and the quarter system at the college. Students have the option to be part-time or full-time Running Start students.  Additional Running Start information is available in the Counseling Office or the Running Start office at the local community and technical colleges. Please be advised – the progress, attendance or grades of a Running Start student are not accessible to the student’s parent or ISD counselor. Additional information may be found at:

OSPI: http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/RunningStart.aspx

SBCTC: http://www.sbctc.edu/colleges-staff/programs-services/running-start/default.aspx