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    About Running Start

    Getting Started

    First Steps for Rainier Beach High School

    1. Attend the RS Info session on April 19th and/or review the Running Start materials provided on this page, such as the links above.
    2. Complete the RBHS Running Start Contract
    3. Recommend (not required) that you complete the RBHS Graduation Checklist to determine your remaining graduation requirements so you can track the classes yourself.

    Second Steps for Running Start

    1. Apply for admissions online to a local college such as South Seattle College, Seattle Central College, or North Seattle College. It is free to apply to these three colleges.
      • In the application when asked what your intended major area of study is, please answer: Running Start.
      • Within two business days of submitting your application, you will receive an email with your Student ID (SID) number. Please save that email.
    2. Activate your ctcLink account.
    3. Take Placement Test at the college (see specific college links below). You must place into English 101 or college-level math to qualify.
      • Pay testing fee, bring photo ID, and Student ID number.
      • There are alternative testing scores we will accept such as SBAC, SAT, or ACT. Review the "Placement Testing" section on page 6 in the RBHS Running Start Contract.
    4. Meet with your high school counselor to fill out the Enrollment Verification form (EVF). You will need to have the following completed and ready to submit to your high school counselor:
      • Signed RBHS Running Start Contract
      • Proof that you placed into English 101 or college-level Math
    5. Contact your college to schedule a registration appointment. Please bring the following materials to your appointment with your college advisor:
      • Completed and signed Running Start Enrollment Verification form
      • College-specific Running Start Contract form signed by student and parent/guardian (this is different from RBHS's contract). Check your college’s Running Start page for the college specific contract. See chart below.
      • Copy of your Placement scores or alternative placement documents 
      • Book loan/fee waiver form signed by your High School Counselor (if applicable)

    Third Steps for Attending Running Start:

    1. Pay Course Fees - SPS covers tuition costs but students are responsible for paying for course fees such as lab fees, online fees, program fees, etc. 
    2. Purchase or rent books - Contact your college's bookstore to determine what textbooks are required
    3. Services - Be sure to access the resources available to you at the college such as Advising, Tutoring, and the Disability Support Services.

    Running Start Links

    College Running Start Pages

    College Placement Test Information

     ***After registering to a local college, you will take the placement test to determine eligibility. Be sure to check out your local college's placement testing info and schedule before visiting: