Running Start Information

Running Start Guide 2020-2021

Running Start EVF Appointments will be held in May. We appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times. Use this time to take your Accuplacer test and read through the Running Start Guide

Running Start Fall 2020 ~ What are my Next Steps?

1  AdmissionsSubmit an online application for the college of choice (Pierce, TCC, Clover Park, Highline). 

2.  Placement Assessment:  College level placement in English is required for Running Start participation. You may complete a computer-based placement assessment or provide alternative placement documents (Smarter Balanced Assessment Scores or high school transcripts with final grades for the sophomore year) for placement consideration. Sophomores-Accuplacer at college-visit website for info.  Juniors: SBA Scores or Transcripts.

3. Turn in your Documents to PHS Student Services:  
         1. Accuplacer results or SBA results that are stamped “RS ELIGIBLE”
         2. Signed Running Start Contract copies are available in PHS Student Services or in the Running Start Guide (Link Above)

4.  Sign up for your Group EVF Appointment:   
Complete a Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (EVF) with your high school counselor during our group times. This cannot be completed with a drop-in visit.  Appointments for EVF is approximately 30 minutes.  Counselors have limited availability after April so please plan ahead. Stop by or call the Student Services Office at PHS when you have completed steps 1 & 2 to set up an appointment to avoid missing any college registration deadlines.

It is your responsibility to make the appointment AND to attend the appointment at the agreed upon time. If you miss your scheduled appointment time then you will have to wait until an available appointment spot which could result in missing the college’s priority deadline for registration and the start of general registration.

5.   Sign up for an Advising Appointment at the College:   All students are required to meet with a college advisor prior to registration. Check your Pierce College student email for updates on scheduling an advising appointment. Bring your completed and signed EVF (with parent’s signature), Pierce College Student ID Number & copy of Assessments to your advising appointment.

If you are not attending Pierce College, check with your college to verify the next step (either Advising Appointment or Orientation).

6.  Register and Pay Fees:   After meeting with a college advisor at the New Student Orientation, you are ready to register for classes. Running Start students pay student and course fees each quarter after registering.