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    Nathan Hale Running Start Information

    Running Start for Grades 11 & 12 PresentationPDF

    General Information

    Running Start is a program for High School Juniors and Seniors to take college classes at Washington two year colleges and earn high school and college credit at the same time. Tuition is free for a maximum of 15 credits per quarter in college-level courses numbered 100 or higher. However, the number of college credits each student may take free of tuition costs depends on how many classes the student is concurrently taking at the high school. Students are responsible for tuition for pre-college courses (numbering below 100) and any credits that exceed their allowable limit. Students are responsible for the cost of books and transportation; however, fee waivers for these expenses (not including transportation) are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

    Please Note: Running Start students must take full responsibility for keeping up-to-date on what's happening at Nathan Hale High School, including important dates and deadlines (AP/PSAT/SAT Tests, Senior Prom, Ordering Graduation Supplies, Graduation Rehearsal Dates and Times, Senior Meetings and any other Senior related events).

    Students should sign up to receive the Daily Bulletin or read the NHHS Daily Bulletin Online to stay informed of upcoming events and deadlines. Also visit the NHHS Calendar as well as the NHHS News Page for more information.

    Getting Started with Running Start

    1. Visit the website for the community college you plan on attending (see below). Look at their requirements for Running Start and application process.

    2. Attend an information session on Running Start through the Hale Counseling Office and it is recommended to attend a session at the college you plan to attend.

      Next information session will be April 25th at 5:30 in the Hale Library

    3. Apply to Running Start through the college online application (see links below for individual college instructions). Shortly after you will receive a student ID number which you will need to take the placement test.

    4. Provide proof of placement into college-level English or Math course using one of the following:
      • College placement test (testing center links below)
      • 11th grade SBAC scores Current 10th grade students will NOT receive their SBAC scores in time for priority registration.
      • SAT/ACT scores.

    5. Sign up for a group registration session in the Nathan Hale counseling office to complete your Enrollment Verification Form (EVF).

    6. Complete Running Start registration at the college. This process will be different for each school. See their website for more information.

    Additional Important Information

    • Hale class schedule takes priority over Running Start schedules.
    • Students should sign up for the Daily Bulletin to receive notifications about Hale bell schedule changes and other important school news. Sign up here: Daily Bulletin
    • Students are responsible for their own transportation.
    • All Running Start college credits will be added to the high school transcript.
    • Students must meet with Hale Counselors every quarter to make sure they are meeting their graduation requirements.
    • If you earn college grades below 2.0 you will be placed on Academic Probation and given one additional quarter to improve your grade before you lose your standing.
    • Students are responsible for withdrawal/dropping a college class from Running Start.

    Running Start Information Contacts:

    North Seattle College

    North Seattle Testing Center

    Shoreline Community College

    Shoreline Testing Center

    Seattle Central College

    Seattle Central Testing Center

    Cascadia College

    Cascadia Testing Center

    Bellevue College

    Bellevue Testing Center