Running Start

Bellevue College Running Start Associate Arts Advisory Meeting


For all full time Running Start Juniors, Bellevue College will be offering an overview advising session for those who want to also earn your Associate’s Degree by the time you graduate from high school. The presentation will review a variety of points to think about - how to manage your classes needed for high school completion and how they fit into an Associate’s Degree. The session will be on Saturday January 25, 2020 at 10am and you can click here for signup.

Running Start is a program in which juniors and seniors who qualify may enroll in college level courses at Bellevue College, CWU Sammamish, Cascadia College, or Lake Washington Institute of Technology and earn high school and college credit concurrently. Lake Washington School District pays the college tuition for a specified number of credits taken; and students are usually responsible for fees, books, and transportation.

The application process begins after EHS Registration in the early spring for the upcoming school year, and students must strictly adhere to the college deadlines in order to qualify. Information sessions are typically scheduled at the college to help students and parents determine if this is a good choice for next year and to explain the steps necessary to participate in the program. Attendance at one of the information sessions is very important, and signatures from parents on the "Eastlake High School Running Start Agreement" are required before scheduling a time to talk with a counselor about the program.

Students are also required to attend a college orientation session, submit an application to the college and to EHS, and take an assessment test or turn in transcripts. Running Start students are subject to the same state, district, and Eastlake Graduation Requirements. Students enrolled in Running Start spring courses will not be given a diploma until an official transcript is received from the community college or school.

Running Start Enrollment Verification Form

In preparation for each new quarter registration, the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form needs to be completed and signed by student and parent in preparation for the appointment with the high school counselor. At the meeting with counselor, classes required for high school graduation are discussed, and the "Recommended Running Start Classes" section is completed. The student then takes the form to the Running Start office at the college prior to registering for classes.

EHS counselors are holding a Running Start Information session for students Friday, February 7th during Wolftime A in the EHS Theater.  Please see the links below to learn more about each of the programs and consider attending an orientation at the school of choice to get more information about next steps in the enrollment process.

In addition, students will be asked to fill out the EHS Running Start Agreement form (coming soon). Please review this form with your student and or parent, sign, and return to your counselor by giving to Mrs. Johnson in counseling or putting it in the box on their door. This will put you on your counselor’s radar as interested in attending RS next fall.

For more information regarding Running Start programs please visit the following websites.

Running Start Informational Session on February 7th

There will be an informational session on Friday, February 7th during Wolf Time A in the EHS Theatre if you are considering Running Start for next year and would like to hear more information about the Running Start process, eligibility, and whether this would be a good fit for you. Flyer here.

Should I do Running Start? Is it right for me?

Bellevue College and Central Washington University Sammamish have information sessions to fully explain the program, including potential benefits and risks. Everyone should plan to attend one of these as part of their application process to learn more. Schedules for these information sessions can be found on the Running Start section of their respective website. A few important issues to consider before deciding if Running Start is right for you: