The Running Start program offers eligible high school juniors and seniors who seek expanded educational challenges the option of enrolling simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes, for the purpose of earning credit to be awarded both by the high school district and by the college. Classes taken through the Running Start program must be at college level (numbered 100 and above).
Running Start is a program where students take college level courses on a college campus to apply towards high school graduation requirements, in addition to completion of an Associates Degree or General Education Core Requirements in pursuit of a Bachelors Degree. Lewis and Clark High School partners with the Community Colleges of Spokane, and Eastern Washington Univerity.
What are some characteristics linked to success in Running Start?
- At least a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA (you may need to provide additional information to the college if below a 3.0)
- Past experience and success in Honors/AP classes. (This is not a requirement, but it can be a HUGE jump from traditional high school classes to college level courses)
- Successful completion of Algebra 2/ Pre-Calculus. If you have not taken these courses yet, you will need to complete them at Shadle or SVL while accessing Running Start.
- Strong communication skills, time management skills, maturity, independence, organizational skills, and consistent attendance.
- A year long commitment to the Running Start program. (It is VERY hard to transfer back to high school after participating in Running Start since they follow a different calendar/ schedule)
*** Disclaimer: Credits and grades earned through the Running Start Program are NOT WEIGHTED when factored into the high school GPA.
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***Disclaimer: Credits and grades earned through the Running Start Program are NOT WEIGHTED when factored into the high school GPA.***