West Seattle High School

West Seattle
High School
Counseling Center

Running Start

New Running Start Student Info

If you are planning on participating in Running Start, you will need to register at West Seattle first. Then you will need to attend an orientation on Tuesday, April 30th during student lunch.

If you would like for us to send you a pass and emails reminding you of the orientation, please fill out the Running Start Interest Form:

Want to get started now?
You can watch last year’s orientation to begin the process:

Following the presentation, Counselors will post information on how students will complete next steps. If you’d like to look ahead you can review the steps for getting started as they haven’t changed.

About Running Start

High School Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to attend a local college (free of tuition) and earn both high school and college credits, taking courses that satisfy their high school graduation requirements. Students can do full-time Running Start and take classes only at the college, or do part-time Running Start splitting their time at West Seattle High School and the local college.  

In order to participate in Running Start, students must take the placement test at a local college (typically South Seattle or Seattle Central College). Here are the steps required for WSHS Students before enrolling at Running Start. 

Enroll in Running Start

First Step for West Seattle High School

  1. Review the Running Start materials provided on this page, such as South Seattle’s recorded presentation.
  2. Attend a WSHS Running Start Orientation.
  3. Complete the  Graduation Checklist to determine your remaining graduation requirements.
  4. Complete the Running Start Course Plan Worksheet to map out your potential college schedule
  5. Complete the  WSHS Running Start Contract and MOU

Second Step for Running Start

  1. Apply online to either South, Central or North Seattle College. It is free to apply to these three colleges.
    • In the application when asked what your intended major area of study is, please answer: Running Start.
    • Within two business days of submitting your application, you will receive an email with your Student ID (SID) number. Please save that email.
  2. Activate your ctcLink account.
  3. Take Placement Test at the college (see specific college links below). You must place into English 101 or college-level math to qualify.
    • Pay testing fee, bring photo ID, and Student ID number.
    • There are alternative testing scores we will accept such as SBAC, SAT, or ACT. Review the “Placement Testing” section in the Running Start Contract.
  4. Meet with your high school counselor to fill out the Enrollment Verification form (EVF). You will need to have the following completed and ready to submit to your high school counselor:
  5. Contact your college to schedule a registration appointment. Please bring the following materials:
    • Completed and signed Running Start Enrollment Verification form
    • College-specific Running Start Contract form signed by student and parent/guardian (different from WSHS’s contract)
    • Copy of your Placement scores or alternative placement documents 
    • Book loan/fee waiver form signed by your High School Counselor (if applicable)

Third Step for Attending Running Start

  1. Pay Course Fees – SPS covers tuition costs but students are responsible for paying for course fees such as lab fees, online fees, program fees, etc. 
  2. Purchase or rent books – Contact your college’s bookstore to determine what textbooks are required
  3. Services – Be sure to access the resources available to you at the college such as Advising, Tutoring, and the Disability Support Services.

Running Start to West Seattle Course Equivalencies

Credit TypeWSHS CoursesHS Credit=Running Start College CoursesCollege Credit
Language ArtsAmerican Lit Comp 11A American Lit Comp 11B0.5 0.5=ENG 1015.0
Language ArtsCompar Lit 12A Compar Lit 12B0.5 0.5=ENG 101 or above5.0
Social StudiesWA State History0.0=HIST 2145.0
Social StudiesWorld History 1, 2, or 30.5 each=HIST 108, 126, 127, 1285.0
Social StudiesUS History 11A0.5=HIST 146, 1475.0
Social StudiesUS History 11B0.5=HIST 147, 1485.0
Social StudiesAmerican Government0.5=POLS 2025.0
MathAlgebra 2A+ Algebra 2B+0.5 0.5=Any MATH course above MATH 100; BUS 1165.0
ScienceScience/Science Lab1.0=Any Science course above 100 level Astronomy; Biology; Chemistry; Environmental Science; Geology; Physics5.0
Career & Technical EducationTechnical Edu, Home Economics1.0=Accounting 100+; Business 100+; Communication 100+; Computer Science 100+; Psychology 100+5.0
Fine ArtsFine Art or Music1.0=ART 100+; MUSIC 100+; DANCE 100+5.0
HealthHealth Education1.0=PSYC 230; HEA 125; HEA 1505.0
Physical EducationPE0.4=PEC 100+2.0
Physical EducationPE0.6=PEC 100+3.0
General ElectivesElectives1.0=World Language and any other 100-level courses5.0

Placement Testing Information

After registering to a local college, you will take the placement test to determine eligibility. Be sure to check out your local college’s placement testing info and schedule before visiting: