Running Start

Running Start program allows 11th and 12th grade high school students to take college-level courses at community and technical colleges. Students can earn both high school and college credits through this partnership between the K-12 and community college systems.

All high schools in the district offer Running Start. Juniors and seniors can take a few classes or attend full time and take all of their courses at the college.

Program locations
Students may attend any state community or technical college (based on space availability), including the following nearby colleges:

  • Bellevue College
  • Cascadia College
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • North Seattle College
  • Seattle Central College
  • Shoreline Community College
  • South Seattle College

Visit the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges website for a complete list of community and technical colleges in the state.

Enrolling in the program
Running Start students must be enrolled in a Lake Washington School District high school. Work with the counseling staff at the school to apply for the program. The counseling office has information about eligibility, application deadlines, etc. Parents and students are encouraged to visit the college campuses before finalizing educational decisions.

Lake Washington School District pays the tuition for students to attend the college, but students must provide their own transportation, books and supplies.

More about Running Start
Contact your high school counseling office for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the Running Start program.