College Credit & Other Options

  • North Thurston High School has opportunities to earn college credit while in high school.

Running Start at NTPS

  • Running Start is a state-wide program created by the Washington State Legislature that allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to enroll at the local colleges to fulfill high school graduation requirements and earn college credit. A placement test will determine if they qualify for college-level course enrollment. While enrolled in High School concurrently earning college credit while working towards High School graduation, students can potentially earn their Associate Degree in the process. More information from OSPI about Dual Credit programs like Running Start >>
    Currently, Running Start is available locally through:
    Running Start is not a good fit for every student but is a great way for some students to transition to higher education.
    For more information, please contact your high school counselor.

Advanced Placement at North Thurston High School

  • Each year, students around the world who want to learn and achieve at the highest level become Advanced Placement (AP) students. Through AP's college-level courses and exams, students can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the college admissions process, and study in a unique learning environment that will help prepare students for success in college.

    Numerous AP courses are offered at North Thurston High School beginning with the sophomore year. Students may choose to take as many courses as they wish, while keeping in the sequence toward their high school diploma. Each course corresponds to an AP exam which is given worldwide yearly in May. Exams are graded on a 1 to 5 point scale, with many colleges and universities granting college credit for scores in the 3 to 5 range. (It is important to note that the universities vary in what score they will accept, and which exams they will grant credit for.) North Thurston High School does not require that students who take the courses also take the exams, however, they are highly encouraged to do so.

    Learn more about the AP Program at the College Board website and talk to your school counselor.

CTE DUAL Credit, formerly Tech Prep

  • College credit earned in high school gives students a jump start to a college education. Formally called “Tech Prep”, students completing approved technical classes while in high school can earn both high school and college credit simultaneously. In order to receive college credit, students must meet specific criteria for each course. The grading criterion requires a minimum of a “B” grade (3.0) or better each semester in their approved technical classes. Upon achievement of all criteria, instructors will assist students in registering for credit through the SERS Registration System. Students will receive a college transcript from the community college during the summer.
    How to Register
    1. Enroll in an approved CTE course.
    2. Earn a “B” or better and demonstrate any required skills.
    3. Register for credit on-line at
    4. Once you have completed all components, your instructor will notify the college to transcript your credit.
    5. Submit your “official” college transcript to the post secondary school you will attend upon graduation from high school but be sure to follow transcript request procedures from the college where you earned dual credit. 
    Remember: You must register for credit in the school year you take the high school course.