Running Start

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Running Start

As a junior or senior in high school, you can also enroll in college-level classes (100 level or above) at Highline through the Running Start program.

With careful planning, these classes will apply to both your high school graduation requirements and your college degree.

The Running Start program is available fall, winter and spring quarters. You may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes. The program saves you money because college tuition is paid for through Running Start. You are only responsible for books and fees.

A variation of Running Start is a program called Career Start. Career Start focuses on Highline Colleges’ professional technical Associate of Applied Science Degrees. The mission of this program is for high school student to be qualified to apply for employment in their chosen field upon high school graduation or shortly thereafter. To learn more about this program, go to

Before getting started, verify that you meet the eligibility requirements and are aware of the application deadline for the Running Start program.

Get started today:

Steps 1 through 6 must be completed prior to the first day of the quarter.

  • Step 1: Complete the Highline College online admission application. We will process your application within five business days. The day after we process your application you will receive and email that includes your SID and myHighline activation code.
  • Step 2: Activate your myHighline email account using your new Student ID number and activation code. Allow 24 hours to process your account (you will need it to take the placement test).
  • Step 3: Visit Highline’s Placement and Testing Center to assess your English and math course placement. Bring your high school transcripts, applicable test scores, or prepare in advance for testing.  For eligibility to Running Start, students must have one of the following:
    – ACCUPLACER Reading score of 80 or higher
    – Smarter Balanced ELA/Literacy score of 3 or 4
    – COMPASS Reading score of 77 or higher
  • Step 4: Complete and submit the Running Start Enrollment Packet to the High School Programs office (located in Building 6, 2nd floor):
    – Unofficial high school transcript (with 2.0 min. cumulative GPA)
    – ACCUPLACER Reading score (80 or above) or Smarter Balanced ELA/Literacy score of 3 or 4
    Running Start Program Application
    Running Start Enrollment Verification Form filled out and signed (meet with your high school counselor to fill out the form; you will then read, sign and date the form and have your parent/guardian read, sign and date the form)
    – For optional fee waiver: School district fee/reduced lunch letter or verification of foster youth status submitted by the first day of the quarter.
  • Step 5: Sign up, attend New Student Orientation and register for classes.
  • Step 6: Pay fees, obtain textbooks and check your myHighline email regularly.
  • Step 7: Meet with a Running Start or Career Start advisor for help with an academic plan.

Highline College Running Start

Contact Information

Running Start

(206) 592-3583

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Located on Highline’s main campus, Building 6, Student Development Center.

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