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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Running Start:

 

1.  Should I do RS? 

BC has orientation sessions that fully explain the program, including positives and potential negatives, everyone should plan to attend (see BC website for details). There are two categories of consideration for best placement decisions:


A.  Academic Skills:  

     Academic traits that bring success at BC include highly organized self management and solid study skills, excellent test taking and preparation ability as well as an advanced ability to communicate well in a written/essay format (particularly under time constraints).          

      This is a high stakes test and essay performance driven grading system where only a handful of performances (3 in many cases) constitute your entire grade.  Classroom participation may or may not count and homework is not part of the overall grade, but must be done in order to be ready for assessments.  Personal motivation for academic success and ability to get help when needed on your own are important.  

 

B.  Personal Readiness:   

     A high level of personal maturity and academic goal-oriented motivation will bring success.  Beyond determination of whether you meet the successful student traits it is purely a personal decision about how you want to complete your high school experience as well as how you want your future college experience to be impacted by getting started early.  An important motivating factor for many is feeling too mature for the "high school scene" and a desire to find something more mature.  

     Do you want a standard high school experience by being a full time high school student or do you want to do something entirely different in an adult setting (average age at BC being 30 years old)?  The average BC student has a job and a busy day outside of school, they are not seeking social interaction with teens.  You will be treated like a college student, nobody knows you are in high school nor really cares because you won't get any breaks for being young. 

     Successful students have a solid plan about what they want to accomplish in RS and commit to full time enrollment.  Students who just want to experiment usually find it unsatisfactory and unnecessarily complicated to juggle between the two schools. Students who will miss high school social experiences will regret doing RS and missing out at the high school, even when only part time enrolled.  

    

     You also need to be sure you are ready to do your best in college level courses, you own the outcome and your parents will not be able to communicate with your instructors for you.  You will start a permanent college-level transcript which will impact your future goals and higher-level college prospects.  Portability of college credits depends on the future 4-year college you wish to attend, only in-state public colleges are required to take all of your BC transfer credits and all other colleges often have limits.  Very selective 4-year colleges generally prefer that a student stays in high school and takes AP classes and takes the AP exams for potential college credit if admitted. 


     You must have your own reliable transportation or your ability to attend will be compromised.  If necessary, some find that they like public transportation and some don't.  Depending on peers for a ride can often leave you without a reliable way to get to class or get home.  Class schedules change every three months for everyone and what works one quarter might not work the rest of the year.  

 

2.  Can I start RS in the middle of my school year? 

No.  RS runs on a quarterly time frame and we run on a semester time frame, this means your schedule at high school will not match up with starting at the CTC.  You cannot drop your high school classes semester without receiving a failing grade for each one you fail to complete.  You can’t be in two places at the same time. 

 

3.  Explain the math placement issue to me

Your level of math at the CTC is determined by your placement score on the entrance exam.  College level math starts at Pre-calculus, anything below (courses numbered below the 100 level) is high school level math and you are expected to take such classes in high school.  You can choose to take a math class in the 90-level if you wish as an enrichment student, but this is outside of the RS umbrella of enrollment.  Also course below the 100 level are given reduced credit value at the high school, so a 5 credit BC course at the 90-level is given 0.5 semester credit on the high school transcript.  Enrichment courses are not transcribed at the high school unless necessary for graduation or college entrance.  See BC’s information on enrichment for details about this enrollment process, or call them. http://bellevuecollege.edu/hsprograms/default.html

 

 

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