Running Start

Attention all new and returning Running Start students. Due to the Covid-19 virus most courses have moved to an online format. You should email your instructor’s if you are concerned how your class will be run. Running Start has also moved to remote operations for the remainder of winter quarter. Spring quarter will now begin April 13th.Below are our email addresses which you may use to set up online and phone advising sessions. You may call 206-934-4064 or 206-934-3820 for an appointment. Please continue to check our website for Running Start student support services updates.


All Students: All adds and drops will be done until further notice by email.

Grades: All grades will be emailed to your HS by April 2, 2020.
Book loan students: We will keep you posted on our website on how book returns and check out will be handled during this time. Please keep checking.

Returning students: Under Forms on the left hand menu you will find the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form. If your HS counselor is unavailable that’s okay we will get that later. You will still need a signature form and a parent or legal guardian’s to enroll. If you know the classes you want to take email them with times and item numbers (example below). If you are planning on taking math or science and have not done so through RS - we will need a math placement first. Click on the link to see all available math placements accepted at Seattle Central. Currently Seattle Central has not started online testing.

Sample schedule:

ENGL 102 ITEM 0661.HY4 5 credits MTWTh Hybrid: 9:00am - 9:50am (HY means Hybrid meaning more online work)
MATH&141   Precalculus I ITEM 1305.01 DAILY 8:00am - 8:50am (math placement required)
HUM 105  (Inter-Cultural Communications ITEM 0809.02 DAILY 11:00am - 11:50am

New students:

Spring 2020 – Students may submit their Smarter Balanced test scores for English and/or Math to the email below. We also accept SAT and ACT scores. For a full list of scores please click on the link. If you have placed into English 101 and/or college level Math we will send you a student data form and a Running Start Enrollment Packet. If your counselor is unavailable that’s okay, we can get that later, but you will need a parent or legal guardian’s signature. You will then need to email us to set your online registration appointment.

New Student Orientation:
Due to the college closure we are unable to have an in-person new Running Start student orientation. Therefore, we are having our new students take the regular new student orientation. Please click on the link below to begin, you will be asked if you are a Running Start student? Click on NO otherwise you will be given an error message. Continue and complete the orientation. We also ask that you visit and review in depth the Running Start website. There is a lot of important information there which we will update regularly. Please email us for any questions. 

Running Start Orientation  (Runs best on IE or Firefox ; remember to say NO when asked if you are Running Start)

Quick steps:

  • Complete student data form and email to Running Start and we will email a student ID number.
  • Submit test scores or take the English placement. If science or math is desired then take the online ALEKS math placement.
  • Email rest test scores and student data form to Running Start.
  • Complete packet and email packet to Running Start.
  • Running Start will contact you for your online registration appointment.
  • Online orientation will be sent to you.

Fall 2020 –We restart taking new Running Start student applications in April. Please return to our website for applications and registration for new students.

Please contact us at :

(206) 934-3820 or (206) 934-4064

Running Start is a program that allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college courses at Washington's 34 community and technical colleges. Students earn both high school and college credits for these courses.

Running Start students and their families do not pay tuition. They are responsible for mandatory fees, books and transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes, which accelerates their progress through the education system.

Mission Statement

The mission of Running Start is to provide student services support to qualified high school students who are registered in college courses at Seattle Central while following all Washington State Running Start laws and college policies and guidelines. We are able to serve our students and the college through:

  • Promoting academic success through advising and counseling sessions.
  • Promoting a successful transition from high school to college.
  • Offering college transfer and career advising and counseling.
  • Promoting Running Start through outreach to area high schools.
  • Supporting accessibility and equity of the Running Start Program for eligible students.

Attention New Students!

To qualify for the program a student must:

  • Be under 21 years of age and enrolled in any Washington State public high school or school district.
  • Have junior or senior status determined by student's high school district.
  • Place in English 101 and/or college level math (100 level or above) on an approved college placement assessment. Seattle Central accepts a number of placement options. Click here to learn more about assessments. Placement scores from any other Washington State Community College.
  • Have a parent/guardian and counselor signatures and approval to participate in the program.

English and Math College Placement for Running Start:

Priority Applications Dates

We will accept applications after these dates but course selection may be limited.

  • Fall: May 1
  • Winter: November 1
  • Spring: February 1

How to Apply

  1. Present approved college placement assessments to the Running Start office (BE1102C1).
  2. To take the English Assessment (Wonderlik) at the Seattle Central:
    • Bring your $20 testing fee and photo ID to the Running Start office to be assigned a college ID number.
    • Testing hours: MWThF 8 – 4:30 p.m. check in at the Running Start no later than 3:30 p.m. Tuesday check in at the Running Start office no later than 4 p.m. (the testing office is open 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.).
       Note: If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you may have the testing fee waived by bringing in a completed fee waiver form (pdf) that is signed by your high school counselor.
    • Take the English Assessment.
  3. Return to the Running Start office with placement results for review. If eligible fill out an Enrollment Packet and schedule an advising / registration appointment with a Running Start Advisor. Please note if you test on Tuesday the testing office opens at 4:30 p.m. Students must check in to the Running Start office no later than 4 p.m. and return their result to the RS office on another day since the RS office closes at 4:30 p.m.
  4. Meet with a high school counselor and complete the Enrollment Verification Form included in the Enrollment Packet.
  5. Bring the completed Enrollment Packet and a copy of your test scores to your advising / registration appointment. All students must have a registration appointments. Unfortunately, we are unable at this time to accommodate new student registration walk-ins.
  6. Attend the mandatory Running Start Orientation.

Information for Registered Students

Student Online Services

Running Start students cannot access SOS through the MyCentral portal due to a registration block. You can however access SOS through our home page then go to Campus Life/Student online services/scroll down past MyCentral until you come to Student Online Services (SOS). You cannot register or add or drop classes here but you can pay fees, look up your schedule, grades at end of the quarter, and do a waitlist inquiry. You will need your college ID and your PIN which is your six–digit DOB. Here is a link to SOS, please remember to scroll all the way past My Central.


If you are waitlisted for a class and haven't gotten in then follow these three steps.

  1. Go to the class the first day with a registration form and ask the instructor's permission to take the class. If they say yes have them sign your form.
  2. Bring your signed form to the Running Start office for a signature.
  3. Take the registration form to the registration office with photo ID (BE1104).


Most Running Start students pay for their own books. Here is a link to the Bookstore's website.

Be sure to have a copy of your class schedule so you can enter all of your course information. You can also take your schedule to the bookstore and find your books there. Some instructors have not posted their required textbooks and they will tell you what you will need the first day of class.

Students eligible for free or reduced lunch at their high school and have turned in their eligibility form to the Running Start office get their books through the Running Start office begining the first day of the quarter. Students then return their books to the Running Start office at the end of the quarter.


Fees are not tuition and are based on the number of credits a student is taking. The more credits the more fees. They are also based on the type of class a student is taking. Some classes have lab fees. Running Start does not pay for fees or tuition for classes below the college level. Students eligible for free or reduced lunch have their fees waived.

College ID

Once you have paid your fees or had them waived if you are eligible for free or reduced lunch you may purchase your college ID. There is a one–time $5 ID fee and phot ID is required. Please go to BE1104.

Student Support Services

Disability Support Services

If you have a documented disability please contact us so that we may refer you to our disability support services. However, the type and amount of accommodations available at the college may differ from the support students receive from their high school. For more information please visit the Disability Support Services website with program contacts.


Academic, crisis, and support counseling services are available, contact the Running Start office for a referral.


Many of your classes will use an online platform called CANVAS. Your instructors' will explain how they utilize the program. Running Start will also begin using CANVAS to communicate important messages and information. When you receive an invitation email from your instructors or Running Start please accept so you can then start accessing CANVAS for Running Start and your classes. Here is a link for login instructions.


Here is a link to campus maps.