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 per WAC Chapter 392-169. Students can earn both college credit and high school credit at the same time. In order to qualify, a student needs to have junior or senior status as determined by the Issaquah School District, and must meet all community college application and eligibility requirements.
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 and grades of a Running Start student are not accessible to the student’s parent or ISD counselor. Additional information may be found at:
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC)