Cleveland High School

Cleveland
High School
Counseling Center

Running Start

Running Start 2024-2025

About Running Start

Running Start is a program for High School Juniors and Seniors to take college classes at Washington two year colleges and earn high school and college credit at the same time.

As Running Start is a dual-credit academic program students receive both high school and college credit for these classes which can accelerate their progress through completing specific credit requirements for high school graduation and course requirements for a technical certification or Associate’s Degree.

Tuition is free for a maximum of 15 credits per quarter in college-level courses numbered 100 or higher. However, the number of college credits each student may take free of tuition costs depends on how many classes the student is concurrently taking at the high school. Students are responsible for tuition for pre-college courses (numbering below 100) and any credits that exceed their allowable limit. Students are responsible for the cost of books and transportation; however, fee waivers for these expenses (not including transportation) are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Students Please Note: Running Start students must take full responsibility for keeping up-to-date on what’s happening at Cleveland STEM HS, including important dates and deadlines (AP Tests, Senior Prom, Yearbook Portraits, Grad Ads, Ordering Graduation Supplies, Graduation Rehearsal Dates and Times, Senior Meetings and any other Senior related events).

Counselors will not meet with students individually for support with signing up for running start. For all information and support with signing up student must attend info sessions, lunch drop in times, and the mandatory running start /family meeting.

The mission of Running Start is to provide student services support to qualified high school students who are registered in college courses while following all Washington State Running Start laws and college policies and guidelines. We are able to serve our students and the college through:

  • Promoting academic success through advising and counseling sessions.
  • Promoting a successful transition from high school to college.
  • Offering college transfer and career advising and counseling.
  • Promoting Running Start through outreach to area high schools.
  • Supporting accessibility and equity of the Running Start Program for eligible students.
  • Students take responsibility for keeping up-to-date on what’s happening at Cleveland, including important dates and deadlines (State Assessments, PSAT, SAT, AP exams, school dances, ordering graduation supplies, graduation related events, senior class meetings)
  • Running Start is a year-long commitment. Students may not start or end mid-year.
  • All grades received will be added to the students high school and college transcripts
  • All grades received will be calculated into the student’ss GPA at their high school and college
  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA each quarter at the college, if they get below a 2.0 GPA the college will place them on academic probation, which may lead to withdrawal from the Running Start program

How can I prepare for Running Start in my 9th and 10th grade years?

Students should challenge themselves by taking the most rigorous high school courses available. By taking Honors level, AP, and higher level math classes, students will be more prepared to take on Running Start classes. Learning skills in organization, time management, advocacy, and communication can also help students in being prepared to learn in a college-level environment.

What type of classes can Running Start students take?

By placing into ENG 101 students are eligible to take many courses that include selections from social sciences, business, world language and others. Students must place into college level math to take math and science courses.

What is a typical schedule and could I attend full-time?

In one example, a part time student will take English 101and US history at the college, and is still able to take up to four classes at Cleveland. With this schedule students will not be enrolled in Humanities. In another example with a full time schedule, a student will take English 101, US History and Math and is able to take one class at Cleveland. Students may enroll in a combination of college and high school classes or attend full-time at the college. It is important for students to plan their schedule wisely leaving sufficient time for homework, transportation and other activities. Students who chose to be full-time at the college are still able to participate in any and all high school related activities such as sports, clubs, and school dances.

How are college credits awarded for high school credits?

Five college credits are equivalent to one high school credit. The letter grade you receive on your college transcript is the same letter grade that will go onto your high school transcript.

What are some of the advantages of the Running Start Program?

Students save time and money. A student who attends Running Start full time for two years could be eligible for an associate degree at the time of high school graduation through their college. Public Washington State colleges have agreed to accept college credits earned from Running Start. Students can experience college life early and be independent in their education. There are a broad selection of classes available through Running Start.

What are some of the challenges of the Running Start Program?

Some selective and out-of-state colleges will not accept Running Start college credits. Students may not qualify for some scholarships at four-year institutions. Schedule coordination and transportation may be difficult for students with courses at the high school and college. College holiday breaks may not coincide with SPS holiday breaks. Students pay for books, transportation, and additional mandatory fees. The classes are paced faster than in high school because colleges are on a quarter system whereas Cleveland is on a semester system. Courses that take a year to complete in high school are completed in 11 weeks at the college.


Important Dates and Deadlines

May 1 is the Final Deadline to complete the enrollment paperwork for Running Start at the college and high school.

Counselors will not meet with students individually for support with signing up for running start.

For all information and support with signing up student must attend info sessions, lunch drop in times, and the mandatory running start student/family meeting. Counselors will host Drop in support during lunch on Weds 3/20,4/3,4/17 (In the Counseling Center).

Sophomores and Juniors interested in Running Start should attend an information session in the auditorium (attend 1).

  • Thursday, January 18, 2024 during lunch in auditorium (11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.)
  • Thursday, January 25, 2024 during lunch in auditorium (11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.)

MANDATORY Student & Family Virtual Meeting!

March 19 at 6-7 p.m. – Click the link for the online Teams Meeting, attendance will be taken and noted: Mandatory Student/family RS Meeting

For those who missed the meeting please watch the video below and have your parental guardian email your school counselor with confirmation.

RS Drop-in sessions in counseling office during Advisory

  • Wed March 20, April 3, April 17

Mandatory Signing Dates (Choose 1)

(May) This is where you will bring all completed paperwork to Counselors and sign off.

  • Weds 4/24/24: Afterschool 2:30-3:15 p.m. in Library
  • Thurs 4/25/24: During lunch 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. in Counseling Office
  • TBD Date

What to bring to signing day completed:

Timeline

Attend a Running Start information session on Jan. 18 or Jan. 25 during lunch in the auditorium.

January

Attend a Running Start information session on Jan. 18 or Jan. 25 during lunch in the auditorium.

At Counselor Registration let them know you plan to do Running Start Part-Time (AM or PM) or Full Time.

February

Apply in Early February

At Counselor Registration let them know you plan to do Running Start Part-Time (AM or PM) or Full Time.

Attend the mandatory family meeting with a parent on March 19 at 6-7 p.m. on Teams (link will be posted soon)

March

Attend the mandatory family meeting with a parent on March 19 at 6-7 p.m. on Teams (link will be posted soon)

Attend one of the RS signing days and have all documents ready for your counselor to sign off. Once completed, email the RSVEF form to your college to proceed with enrolling in classes at the college.

April/May 1

Attend one of the RS signing days and have all documents ready for your counselor to sign off. Once completed, email the RSVEF form to your college to proceed with enrolling in classes at the college.

Final Deadline to complete the enrollment paperwork for Running Start at the college and high school. College registration for courses will open mid May.

May 1, 2024

Final Deadline to complete the enrollment paperwork for Running Start at the college and high school. College registration for courses will open mid May.


Eligibility

  • A High School Junior or Senior
  • Place into college level English OR math on the placement test (taken at the college)
  • Some colleges will accept your ACT, SAT, or high school transcript for placement in lieu of the placement test. Check the college websites for more information.

How to Enroll in Running Start 2024-25

Cleveland High School

  1. Review the Running Start materials provided on this page
  2. Attend one of the CHS Running Start Information Sessions in January
  3. In early February, apply online to either South, Central or North Seattle Colleges. It is free to apply to these colleges. Or speak to your counselor if you would like to apply elsewhere in WA.
    • 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 College Student ID (SID) number. Please save that email.
  4. Activate your ctcLink account.
  5. Take the 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 colleges will accept such as SBAC, SAT or ACT. Review the “placement testing” section in the Running Start Contract.
    • In February, during in school course registration for the 24-25 school year, let your your counselor know you will be doing Running Start/ either part-time (AM or PM) or Full Time.
    • In March, Attend Mandatory Parent/Student meeting on Teams March 19 at 6-7 p.m.
  6. Attend one of the Running Start Signing Days on Campus to fill out your Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF). You will also need to have the following completed and ready to submit to your high school counselor:
    • Graduation Checklist
    • CHS Running Start Contract
    • SPS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
    • Proof that you placed into English 101 or college level Math
    • Book loan/fee waiver form if applicable/ letter from nutrition services for proof of free reduced lunch
    • RSEVF Form
    • Contact your college to schedule a registration appointment. Please bring the following materials:
      • Completed and signed Running Start Enrollment Verification form
      • College specific running start contract form signed by student and parent/guardian (different form CHS contract)
      • Copy of your placement scores or alternative placement documents
      • Book loan/fee waiver form signed by your high school counselor (if applicable)
    • Pay Course Fees- SPS covers tuition costs but students are responsible for paying course fees such as lab fees, online fees, program fees, etc.
    • Purchase or rent books- Contact your college’s bookstore to determine what textbooks are required
    • Services- Be sure to access the resources available to you at the college such as Advising, Tutoring and Disability Support Services

Once Enrolled

The college will send your grades to CHS at the end of each quarter to be posted on your hihg school transcript. If you need an official college transcript you will need to request and pay for an official copy from the college registrar where you took Running Start classes.

Please visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website to download a Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF).


Request a Fee Waiver

For students who receive Free or Reduced Lunch through the family income survey, you are eligible for a Fee Waiver to pay for the Placement test and for books through Running Start.

  • In order for your school counselor to issue you a fee waiver to send to the Running Start office, email proof to your counselor from culinary services.
  • For college waivers , fill out family income survey, show proof to Nutrition Services/Lunchroom Manager Ms. Jennings sljennings@seattleschools.org or in person in lunchroom, confirming eligibility for free reduced lunch ( if you are requesting a fee waiver to pay for college books and fees), she will then write you a letter to show to your counselor.