Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Running Start

Welcome to South Puget Sound Community College and the Running Start program! We are excited to help you in your commitment to furthering your education.

Current Running Start Student Page

 

Running Start allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college level courses while enrolled in high school. Credit earned at the college will transfer back to the high school and can count toward high school graduation requirements.

Any student eligible for junior or senior status (11th or 12th grade) who places into or has completed ENGL& 101 is eligible for Running Start. This includes public school, private school and home school students. Class standing is determined by the high school or district the student is enrolled in. Placement into ENGL& 101 can be done several different ways. Students should view the SPSCC Running Start Placement Guide for more information.

Students wishing to take math courses at the college or a course that has a math prerequisite must show that they have met the prerequisite to enter the course. Placement can be made several different ways. Students should view the SPSCC Running Start Placement Guide for more information. Keep in mind a student may place into a lower level math course at the college than what they have completed at the high school.

Tuition on courses above the 100 level and up to 15 credits are paid for by the high school district based on the Running Start funding limits. The funding limits table is available on the Running Start application and should be used by students to create their high school and college schedules. Tuition on courses under the 100 level and over the funding limits are paid by the student starting at the first credit rate on the tuition table. The new tuition rates are generally set between June and July each year for the new academic year.

While students can save significantly on tuition costs, the Running Start program is not free to students.  There are costs incurred by the student based on the number of credits they enroll in at the college. Please see the How Much Does Running Start Cost? handout for more detailed information.

It is possible for a student to satisfy their high school graduation requirements and the degree requirements at the college. Students participating in traditional Running Start (earning credit at the college to graduate from their high school) must make sure they incorporate their high school equivalent courses into their college degree program. Students participating in Degree Completion (earning a high school diploma from the college by completing a college degree) must satisfy the college degree requirements and then request a high school diploma at the time they finish a degree. Either way, a student should expect to enroll in full time Running Start. It is recommended that you meet with an Educational Planner about degree programs and completion at the college.


Information Sessions

Before enrolling in the Running Start program we want to make sure it’s going to be a good fit for you as a student. You are encouraged to attend an information session or go through our online presentation. Students and parents are encouraged to attend an in person session together or both go through the online session at home.

On campus information sessions:

On campus information sessions run October to May.  If you would like to see if Running Start is a good fit for you, please view our Online Information Session. We are still accepting Running Start students through the summer for fall 2014 start!  Make sure you apply to the college and get your placement test completed.  You will then go to new student registration to register for classes.

In person Information sessions will begin in October for winter 2015 start.

Campus Map

Online information session:
Can’t make one of our in person sessions? Feel free to go through our presentation online. You can then or come in to meet with an advisor if you have any additional questions.

Start
Quarter
Class Schedule
online
Take Your
Placement Test*
Registration
Begins
RS Verification Form
Must Be In By^
Fees Must Be Paid ByClasses
Start
Fall 2014 Apr 2014 Mar - Apr 2014 May 27 2014 Sept 8 2014 Sept 8 2014 Sept 22 2014
Winter 2015 Oct 2014 Sept - Oct 2014 Nov 17 2014 Dec 22 2014 Dec 22 2014 Jan 5 2015
Spring
2015
Jan 2015 Jan - Feb 2015 Mar 2 2015 Mar 23 2015 Mar 23 2015 Apr 6 2015


*This is the recommended timeframe for testing, however, a student can take the placement test and register for classes up until classes begin for the quarter.  

^If a student is registered for classes and does not submit the verification form by the deadline they will need to pay full tuition to hold their classes.  A 100% refund will only be issued through the 5th day of classes pending receipt of the signed verification form.  Please contact the advising center at if you have questions.

How Do I Apply?

Use the Running Start Checklist for detailed information. Click on the links below for access to calendars and materials referenced in the checklist.

Step 1: Apply online to South Puget Sound Community College
Fill out the web admissions application.

Step 2: Take the Placement Test
For more information on testing dates and times, and study guides, please visit the Testing Center webpage.

Step 3: Meet With Your High School Counselor
Use the course equivalency list for your high school to determine which classes you should sign up for at SPSCC. Your high school counselor will help you fill out the Running Start application form. You can look at available classes on our website through the class schedule.

Step 4: Register For Classes
This is a big piece of your enrollment in Running Start- registering for your classes! You have two options for registration. In person or online. Please see Registering for Classes below for detailed enrollment information.

Step 5: Submit Your Running Start Application & Pay Your Fees
Until you turn in your signed Running Start application you will be charged full tuition for courses. The signed application verifies that you are correctly enrolled in a public, private or home school program and your course distribution between the high school and college. Every Running Start student is required to pay fees for their classes. These fees are due by tuition due date. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch at your high school then you can fill out the fee waiver form.

If you do not turn in your Running Start application AND pay all owing tuition and/or fees by the deadlines listed in the Important Dates you will be dropped from your classes.


Registering for Classes

1. Look at the current class schedule to start selecting courses. The new quarterly class schedule for the upcoming quarter goes online during the second week of the current quarter. Write in the courses you want to sign up for on your Running Start application.

2. Meet with your high school counselor to discuss courses and make sure they will meet graduation requirements. At this time they may also sign off on your Running Start application as long as you have it completely filled out. Keep in mind the courses you write down may or may not be the courses you actually end up registering for. Your counselor is aware that you may need to make changes based on course availability. If your counselor will not sign off on your application until you have actually registered- that is OK.

3. View the Running Start New Student Registration video  to make sure you understand what to expect from college course registration.  Then go to the New Student Advising page to access the online New Student Advising & Registration classroom.  You will complete the class (takes about an hour) and then complete a quiz.   Once we receive the quiz results we will send you an email confirmation with your registration information.

4. Use the Important Dates to find out when registration begins. This is the earliest you can sign up for classes. Online registration will open up at 8am on that day. Use the resources from the online class and confirmation email to register for your courses.

5. Once you have registered turn in your signed Running Start application. If your counselor would not sign off before registration, print a copy of your schedule to take in and show them so they will sign. All Running Start applications are turned in to building 22, Enrollment Services in the One-Stop. If you do not turn in a signed Running Start application by the due date on Important Dates you will be dropped from your classes.

6. Pay any owing fees and/or tuition. All Running Start students pay some sort of fees for their classes. Any charges must be paid by tuition due date or you will be dropped from your classes. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch at your high school you can fill out and turn in the fee waiver application to get your fees waived.

1. Look at the current class schedule to start selecting courses. The new quarterly class schedule for the upcoming quarter goes online during the second week of the current quarter. Write in the courses you want to sign up for on your Running Start application.

2. Meet with your high school counselor to discuss courses and make sure they will meet graduation requirements. At this time they may also sign off on your Running Start application as long as you have it completely filled out. Keep in mind the courses you write down may or may not be the courses you actually end up registering for. Your counselor is aware that you may need to make changes based on course availability. If your counselor will not sign off on your application until you have actually registered- that is OK.

3. View the Running Start New Student Registration video to make sure you understand what to expect from college course registration.  Then come to a New Student Advising & Registration Session. These sessions will say “Walk In NEW” and run in a two hour block. The first hour is a formal presentation; the second hour is where you will actually register for classes. While we encourage parental support, please keep in mind that our space is very limited and parents will not be permitted in the advising lab during the session. There is seating available outside lab where parents can wait for their student. If your counselor signed your Running Start application you will turn it in to us at the time of registration. If they have not signed, you will be responsible for taking it and a copy of your schedule back to your counselor, getting their signature and then returning your application to building 22, Enrollment Services in the One-Stop.

4. Pay any owing fees and/or tuition. All Running Start students pay some sort of fees for their classes. Any charges must be paid by tuition due date or you will be dropped from your classes. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch at your high school you can fill out and turn in the fee waiver application to get your fees waived.

Students may also have their high school fax or mail in their application. It is important that students call to make sure their application has been received. You will NOT be notified if you are missing information or we were unable to register you into your classes.


Running Start Orientation

You are required to attend our New Running start Orientation if this will be your first quarter as a Running Start Student.  Reservations are not necessary, a sign in sheet will be provided at each session.  You need to attend only one of the sessions listed below.  Parents are invited to attend with their student!

THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION LAB

We will offer a campus tour prior to each session for those students who would like to see campus and different building locations.  We suggest that you bring a copy of class schedule with you to the tour.  Tours meet in front of building 26.

Fall 2014

  • August 25th: Tour at 4pm | Orientation 5pm to 6:30pm | Bldg. 26, Rm. 105
  • August 27th: Tour at 4pm | Orientation 5pm to 6:30pm | Bldg. 26, Rm. 105
  • September 2nd: Tour at 4pm | Orientation 5pm to 6:30pm | Bldg. 26, Rm. 105
  • September 4th: Tour at 4pm | Orientation 5pm to 6:30pm | Bldg. 26, Rm. 105

Running Start
New Student Registration

Watch the Video

Need to meet with an Educational Planner?

As a new Running Start student you should have already
taken your placement test before scheduling an appointment.


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