Running Start Program

If you would like to enroll in Running Start for the 2018-2019 school year:

1) Apply to the college of your choice and complete their placement assessment
2) Review the PSD Running Start Handbook 
3) Fill out the PSD Running Start Agreement which you will turn in to your RHS counselor
4) Call 253-841-8722 to schedule an appointment with your RHS counselor to complete a Running Start Enrollment Verification Form. Students must bring the signed PSD Running Start Agreement form and proof from the college that you met eligibility requirements to take college level English.
5) Complete the registration process at the college of your choice.

Running Start students must join the RHS Running Start Schoology page:

Running Start Schoology Group Code: DWPG9-WTJ33

Click here for the Pierce College Running Start New Student Checklist

Running Start is a statewide program intended to provide students a program option consisting of attendance at certain institutions of higher education 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 are allowed to take college courses at Washington’s community and technical colleges, and at Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and Northwest Indian College.

Running Start Students and their families do not pay tuition, but they do pay college fees and buy their own books, as well as provide their own transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes and therefore accelerate their progress through the education system. The exercise of that right is subject only to minimal eligibility and procedural requirements, which are spelled out, in state administrative rules. See RCW 28A.600.300 for more information.