Running Start

High School Running Start Program
Washington State legislature allows qualified students to take courses at local community/technical college during their junior and/or senior year of high school through the Running Start Program. Students can earn both college credit and high school credit at the same time. In order to qualify, a student must have junior or senior status as determined by the Issaquah School District, have earned 10 credits, take and pass an assessment test at the college, and complete an application to the college. Students have the option of attending running start part time or full time. 

Please follow the steps below to apply for the Running Start program and refer to the FAQ page and the Pros/Cons page for commonly asked questions.

   Steps to Enroll in Running Start:

 Step 1:  Find Out If the Running Start Program Is For You!
Attend a Bellevue College Running Start Information Session!! 

 Step 2: Start the Application Process: 
 Step 3: Complete Liberty High School Running Start Paperwork:

  Review, Print, Student and Parent Sign and Return to Counselor during First Appointment: 

  Print and Bring to First Appt: 

  Equivalent Courses-which courses at BC count towards what LHS credit

  High School Credit Conversion Chart - for community college credits

 Step 4: Email your Counselor to Set up an Appointment

 Step 5: 
If attending Bellevue College, you must attend BC's Mandatory Running Start Orientation Meeting
    •       Your parent must also attend this meeting
    •       Make sure to bring all printed items


*Each quarter, students must have the LHS counselor sign a Running Start enrollment verification form. The form is located on the website of the college the student is attending. When a student has identified what courses they are going to take and has completed the form, they need to call the LHS office at 425-837-4833 in advance to make an appointment with their counselor.  PLEASE NOTE:  Counselors book appointments weeks in advance and drop ins will not be seen.  Students must email or call ahead to make an appointment.