Is Running Start right for me?
Successful Running Start students have good study skills, self-discipline and motivation. It is a wonderful opportunity for high school students seeking greater academic challenges. It can also be a great alternative for students who find the traditional high school experience does not meet their needs. Running Start students must be prepared for the independence, fast pace and time demands of college classes.
Here are some things to consider:
  1. Community college classes are taught at a faster pace than high school, often covering as much material in one quarter (about 12-13 weeks) as some high school classes do in one year.
  2. Community college classes also require more prep and study time -- up to two hours for each hour of class.
  3. Community college classes and programs occasionally tackle sensitive subjects, including sex, violence and religion. Class discussions are open and candid.
  4. The community colleges operate on a quarter system. That means college and high school holidays and vacation periods differ. Running Start students must attend their college classes even if their high school isn't in session.
  5. Running Start students are responsible for following their college code of conduct, attending class, seeking academic help and addressing problems directly with their instructors. As mandated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Running Start student records are confidential and can only be accessed by the student. Parents cannot contact instructors or other school personnel on their student's behalf.  
  6. Running Start students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average or better.