Running Start

What is Running Start?

Running Start is a program in which juniors and seniors who qualify may enroll in college level courses at Bellevue College, CWU Sammamish, or Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LW Tech) and earn high school and college credit concurrently. Lake Washington School District pays the college tuition for up to 15 credits per quarter and offers the opportunity for students to be either part- or full-time students at Eastlake and the school of choice. For more detailed information about the program, cost, process, please review the Running Start Agreement (updated 9/28/22)


Please see the links below to learn more about each of the programs and attend an orientation at the school of choice to get more information about next steps in the enrollment process.


Running Start presentation from Eastlake counselors for 2022-2023 school year. View presentation on YouTube or Stream

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

Bellevue College and Central Washington University Sammamish and Lake Washington Institute of Technology have information sessions or meetings 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.