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Applying to Running Start


The Running Start program is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to take college courses while still in high school.  If you are interested in participating in Running Start next year, please view the video below, attend an informational session at  Bellevue College, Renton Tech, or Lake Washington Tech if you plan on attending either school,  and follow the enrollment steps outlined on this page.

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STEP 1: 

Complete the college's Running Start application on their website. 

NOTE: On the Bellevue College website, start a new application page under FIRST YEAR not RUNNING START

STEP 2: 

Check your email for instructions from the college and complete all outlined enrollment steps, including placement, by designated deadlines.

NOTE: Make sure to check your junk mail.

STEP 3: 

English and Math Placement

Bellevue College:

  • After you have a BC email and student ID # (upon application completion), visit BC's website and follow the instructions for placement.
    • English 101 Placement: use your high school transcript if your cumulative grade point average (GPA) is at least a 3.0. Students with a GPA below 3.0, must take the Accuplacer test.
    • Math 107 Placement: B or better in Algebra 2. 

NOTE:  Transcripts are requested through Parchment online. Instructions for Parchment are located on the Counseling Website under Transcript Requests

Central Washington University (Sammamish):

  • Take self-placement survey: (This helps students gain insight into their current reading and writing practices by relating your experience with writing to the expectations of CWU’s writing courses and to understand what will be expected of you in a CWU college-level academic course.)

STEP 4: 

Get an idea of the classes you wish to take using the following:


Review the  MSHS Running Start Participation Agreement Video and read & sign the MSHS Running Start Agreement

NOTE:  Review the Running Start Program Eligibility Requirements & Scope to confirm that you meet the criteria to participate in the program.

STEP 6: 

Create an appointment with your counselor to complete your EVF form.  Appointments will be scheduled for August 2023.  

Prepare the following documents for your meeting: 

  1. MSHS Running Start Agreement - initialed and signed by student & parent
  2. Running Start Enrollment Verification Form - top portion completed
  3. Proof of English & Math placement (i.e. email from Bellevue College confirming placement in English 101 and Math 098)
  4. A list or idea about courses you would like to take during Fall Quarter

STEP 7:  

Submitting your EVF   

Bellevue College:

Central Washington University (Sammamish):