• Running Start

    Students in grades 11 and 12 are allowed to take college courses at Washington’s community and technical colleges, and at Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and Northwest Indian College. Students that participate in Running Start at River Ridge High School typically attend South Puget Sound Community College. 

    Running Start Students and their families do not pay tuition, but they do pay college fees and buy their own books, as well as provide their own transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes and therefore accelerate their progress through the education system. The exercise of that right is subject only to minimal eligibility and procedural requirements, which are spelled out, in state administrative rules. 



    Running Start Steps to Enroll:

    1. Attend SPSCC Information Session

    2. Apply to SPSCC Online 

    3. Set up Email and Portal

    4. Qualify for Running Start/Get Placed (see Placement Guide link below)

    5. Get Registered for Classes

    6. Meet with High School Counselor

    7. Submit Running Start Enrollment Verification Form to SPSCC 


    Useful Information/Forms/Links: 

    Running Start 2021 Information Sessions

    SPSCC High School Placement Guide 

    2020-21 Running Start Enrollment Verification Form 

    River Ridge Course Equivalencies

    Running Start Fee Waiver & Book Loan Program

    Running Start students are required to pay all applicable fees for the courses they take at South Puget Sound Community College.  Students who feel they qualify for a fee waiver and the book loan program must fill out the form linked above and submit financial documentation to the One Stop in building 22 at SPSCC.