Running Start does just that—it gives high school juniors and seniors a running
start on college-level classes. Those classes count twice—once towards
fulfillment of high school graduation requirements and again for college
credit. Some Running Start students have been able to graduate from high school
and at the same time receive their Associate of Arts degree from local community colleges.
Juniors and seniors who have earned at least
10.5 credits and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to apply for the Running Start program. Classes are taken on the
campus of a local community college and students earn high school and college
credit. Students may take classes on
both campuses during the school day or solely at the college.
Through Running Start, college classes are tuition free, but
students must purchase books and material, pay lab fees, pay a matriculation
fee and provide their own transportation and meals. Careful planning is required to ensure all
graduation requirements are met. Courses
under the 100 level are self pay and are not eligible for full credit at Lakewood High School.
Applicants must take placement tests in English and Math to
assess college readiness. All college
grades will be recorded on high school transcripts including course withdrawals
Course descriptions and the equivalency guides are available
in Lakewood High School Counseling Office. If a student
is considering Running Start, he or she needs to consult with his or her school counselor for
registration information and program clarification.
The deadline for registering for Fall Quarter is April 1st.
District Contact: Lakewood High School Guidance Center Phone (360) 652-4505 Fax (360) 652-4507