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Running Start Checklist

Step 1: Attend a mandatory information session

Info sessions are mandatory for students starting in the fall. The simplest way to enter Running Start is to attend an info session during the Spring preceding an anticipated fall start. Here you will be able learn the basics of what the program has to offer and ask questions about how well the program might fit your needs.  Students anticipating a winter or spring start should also attend an info session if possible.

Step 2: Qualify via placement testing OR Smarter Balance Assessment

The placement test will assess the student's abilities in reading, writing, and math. Students must score at the college level in reading and writing to qualify for Running Start. Students must also score at the college level in math in order to take math or math-related courses in Running Start.

The Smarter Balance Assessment determine students’ progress toward college and career readiness in English language arts/literacy and math.These tests are administered at the student's high school in the spring.  If a student earns a level 3 or 4 on the Smarter Balance ELA (English Language Arts), they qualify for Running Start.  Similarly, if they achieve a level 3 or 4 on the Smarter Balance Math assessment, they qualify for a college-level math course.

Step 3: Apply for Running Start admission

You can print a copy of the Running Start application here. Please do not use the standard admissions forms for WVC as they will NOT denote you as a Running Start student and you will be subject to an application fee otherwise waived for Running Start applicants.

Step 4: Meet with your high school counselor and fill out an Enrollment Verification Form

Make an appointment with your high school counselor. You will need to meet with them approximately one month into each quarter to discuss what high school graduation requirements you may need the following college quarter.  They will also assist you in completing your quarterly Enrollment Verification Form. This form must have your signature, your parent's signature (while you are under 18), your high school counselor's signature, your college student ID number, your school district, and how many credits you are eligible for in Running Start.  You must submit this form before you can register for classes. This form is important as it will allow your tuition to be covered by your high school. Without it, registration might drop you from classes. You can find a copy of the Enrollment Verification Form here.

Step 5: Meet with a Running Start adviser and register for classes

Schedule a meeting with a Running Start adviser. Here you will turn in your Enrollment Verification Form as well as discuss college goals, resources at the college for meeting those goals, and what classes to take next quarter. Soon after this meeting you are able to register for classes online.

Step 6: Attend College 101

College 101 will help acquaint you with the WVC campus. These orientation events typically happen during August and you can sign up for one during your first Running Start advising appointment.

Step 7: Buy books and start classes

See the Running Start calendar for the first day of classes for each quarter. Books are typically available for sale a week before classes begin.

Step 8: Repeat steps 4 and 5 a month into every quarter