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Running Start

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

  • February 18, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101
  • February 20, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101
  • February 25, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101
  • March 5, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101
  • March 12, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101
  • March 19, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101
  • April 2, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101
  • April 15, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101
  • April 30, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101
  • May 6, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101
  • May 7, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101
  • May 12, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101
  • May 14, 2014 from 5pm to 6pm in building 26, room 101

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 during one of our advising Walk In Sessions (Wednesdays 10am to 12:30pm or Thursdays 12:30pm to 3pm) if you have any additional questions.

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Dec 16
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Dec 23 2013 Jan 6 2014
Spring 2014 January 2014 Jan - Feb
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March 17
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March 24 2014 April 7 2014
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April 2014 March - April
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May 27
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Sept 2
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Sept. 8 2014 Sept  22 2014



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 25, Enrollment Services. 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 25, Enrollment Services.

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

Once you have registered for classes you are expected to attend Running Start orientation. This is different than the registration session you went through to register for classes. Running Start Orientation is a chance for us to make sure you understand college policies and expectations as it relates to you as a Running Start student.

Orientation is mandatory for all first quarter Running Start students.

There is a campus tour prior to orientation that is optional for students. You are encouraged to bring a copy of your class schedule with you so you can see your classroom locations. Campus tours meet in front of building 26. Orientation is mandatory for students. Parents are welcome to attend with their student if they like.

Winter 2014

  • December 3, 2013: Tour at 4pm | Orientation 5pm to 6:30pm - Location bldg. 26, room 105
  • December 12, 2013: Tour at 4pm | Orientation 5pm to 6:30pm - Location bldg. 26, room 105

 

Running Start
New Student Registration

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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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