Running Start

Running Start is a partnership between local community colleges and public high schools. The program provides high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college-level courses on a tuition-free basis. Running Start students, full or part-time, can apply credits earned toward both high school graduation and future college degrees at the same time. Students may attend any community college's Running Start program but must apply for admission into Running Start. The admissions process may consider performance on entrance exams, GPA, and other factors.

If your student is interested in Running Start, please contact your high school counselor for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are classes located?

Most Running Start courses are located on college campuses; however, some of the community colleges we partner with offer courses at various locations throughout our community.

Is transportation provided?

The North Kitsap School District does not provide transportation to Running Start courses.

How many college credits may students take?

Students may take up to 15 tuition-free credits per quarter, depending on their enrollment level at the high school. Up to 2 years of college may be completed while students are still in high school. Earning an Associate's Degree while still in high school is possible.

Is it completely free?

While there is no cost for tuition, students must pay for class fees, books, transportation, parking, and any courses taken that are not college-level courses (courses numbered below 100).

Other things to know.

Students are enrolled in regular college classes with adult students and are responsible for their actions, participation, and attendance. If enrolled in Running Start and high school classes, all policies and procedures regarding attendance and grades for North Kitsap School District courses are applicable.

Running Start is not available during the summer quarter.