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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/guardian 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)