Running Start is a Washington State funded program for earning college and high school credit at the same time.

Steps to start Running start:

1) Apply to Clark or LCC

2) Fill out the Running Start Contract

3) Your assigned counselor will call you in to review the contract and your first Enrollment Verification Form (EVF). This meeting will not take place until you have completed the Running Start Contract.

During these meetings, students will fill out their Enrollment Verification Form, and counselors will review the form and sign it. Listed below are the dates and times for the meetings scheduled this year.

Important Information:

Running Start Contract - This has to be filled out before your initial EVF meeting.

High School Equivalencies - Please check carefully which classes you need to take to graduate. There may be additional classes that are needed for the individual student to graduate. This will be discussed with the counselor during the EVF meeting.

Running Start Planning Worksheet - This is filled out for a student who is a full-time Running Start student starting their junior year. This worksheet will be changed based on the needs of each student.


EVF Meetings will be in the career center. Any person who comes into the school past the main office will need to have their temperature taken.

October 28th @ 9:00am
October 28th @ 2:00pm
October 29th @ 9:00am
October 29th @ 2:00pm



EVF Meetings will be in the career center. Any person who comes into the school past the main office will need to have their temperature taken.

February 9th @ 8:15am
February 9th @ 2:30pm
February 10th @ 8:15am
February 10th @ 2:30pm


May 19th @ 8:15am

May 19th @ 2:30pm

May 20th @ 8:15am
May 20th @ 2:30pm

For up-to-date information about important high school information and running start dates and deadlines please sign up for our Running Start Remind.

If you have a smartphone, go to then follow the instructions to sign up for REMIND. If you don't have smartphone, get text notifications. Text the message @whsrsbeavs to the number 81010.

Running Start Counselor: 

Catherine Pulliam ( | 360-841-2800)

General Information

Running Start is a statewide program which allows high school juniors and seniors to take classes at local community colleges. The credits students earn through community colleges can count toward their high school diplomas while simultaneously giving them a “running start” on earning college credits. In addition community and technical colleges are authorized to issue high school diplomas for Running Start students who enroll in the college and complete an associate degree.

Because the tuition for Running Start is state-funded, costs to students are limited to textbooks and fees. Students are also responsible for providing transportation to the college.

To enter the program, either at Clark College or Lower Columbia College, a student must first demonstrate the ability to perform at the college entry level by taking a college placement test called Compass. These placement tests are offered at different times throughout the school year at both colleges for interested students. There is no charge for the initial testing at either school. Each of our local community colleges, Clark and Lower Columbia, has different guidelines for their particular Running Start Program. Please check their web sites or contact the Running Start Offices for specific information.

Lower Columbia College

LCC Running Start information

Guadalupe (Lupe) Rodriguez

Clark College

Clark College Running Start information

Karmel Baldwin