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Running Start Program

For Running Start information and forms  click on the logo below.

PSD Running Start Logo




RS Powerpoint 23-24.pptx


ATTEND a Running Start Information Session, see below: 

                  -Pierce College visit: to sign up for a session

                 - View Running Start Power Point at:



APPLY to the college of your choice

(Note: check college requirements regarding vaccination/exemption status needed)

            -Pierce College –

            -Clover Park –

            -Tacoma Community College –

  • AFTER YOU APPLY TO THE COLLEGE OF YOUR CHOICE - You will receive an email back from the college with a College ID number and instructions about how to complete your enrollment


TAKE the college entrance test to be eligible to take college-level English/Math courses

          -Test results must show eligibility to take college-level English/Math classes at the college

(Note: you must take Algebra II at RHS if you have not yet taken the class)


-Pierce College: contact the testing center at: [email protected]

-If you are attending a different college, contact the college directly for testing information



SCHEDULE an appointment with your RHS Counselor – Appointments available after March 27, 2023

                     -You will receive the Running Start Graduation Requirements Worksheet

                   -You will be responsible for meeting all High School graduation requirements indicated

                   -This worksheet will be used when meeting with your college advisor

*Note: colleges other than Pierce & Clover Park will also involve the Enrollment Verification Form(EVF)


**To schedule an appointment please call (253)841-8722 or stop by the RHS Counseling Office before school, after school, or at lunch.  You can also email Ms. Ducette, RHS Registrar, to request an appointment at:  [email protected]**


You must bring/present the following two documents to your appointment:

1) Running Start Agreement Form initialed and signed by you and your parent/guardian  
2) Your college placement test results (Guided Self Placement, or other required test) 

(Note:  if you do not have these documents your appointment will be re-scheduled)



REGISTER for classes at the college with direction and instructions from the college advisor

    -Pay student/course fees required by the college

                     (Note: free/reduced lunch eligible - fees may be waived by the college)

                    -JOIN RHS RS SCHOOLOGY GROUP – DWPG9-WTJ33





Pierce College Information Sessions:

Pierce College is now offering virtual Getting Started Information Sessions via Zoom. Sessions will last approximately 30 minutes. The sessions will include:

*Applying for admissions

*Financial aid information

*Placement testing

*General Q&A


Please visit to sign up for one of the sessions listed below:



Pierce College Contact Information:

General Running Start Program Questions:
[email protected]


Phone: (253)964-6501

[email protected]

Testing Center:

Phone: (253)840-8343

[email protected]


Phone: (253)-840-8431

[email protected]


Clover Park Technical College – (253)589-5701/[email protected]

Tacoma Community College – (253)566-6061/[email protected]

Green River Community College – (253)288-3380/[email protected]