Running Start is a statewide program that allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to enroll in tuition-free courses at local colleges and earn both high school and college credit. Students may enroll part-time or full-time at the college. In order to be eligible, you must take the Asset/Compass Test at your community college. Your scores will be used to determine eligibility and class placement.
Students may take up to 15 free credits each quarter. Costs for books, fees, supplies, and transportation are the responsibility of the student. The Running Start program is not available in the summer. However, students who are eligible for the program may register for summer classes at their own expense.
High school graduation requirements are established by the Bethel School District. Students must consult with their high school counselors to identify how college courses will apply toward graduation. One five-credit course in college earns one full high school credit.
Running Start credits are transferable to all Washington State public colleges and universities. Students and their parents are encouraged to contact in-state institutions as well as out-of-state colleges for their transfer policies regarding Running Start credits. The type of credits earned will be determined by the college or university.
• Must be under the age of twenty-one years of age as of September 1 of the school year.
• Must be of junior or senior status as determined by the Bethel School District.
• Must not have earned the required credits for graduation as determined by the Bethel School District prior to the beginning of the school year.
• Must not possess a high school diploma.
• Must meet enrollment timelines of chosen institution.
Any current sophomore or junior interested in Running Start should attend a brief informational meeting held in March of each year (see the counseling secretary for the date/time in early March).