Running Start

Upcoming LWHS Running Start Overview Information Session

Students, are you interested in learning more about Running Start?

Please attend one of our upcoming Running Start Overview Information Sessions.

LW Counselors will be presenting:

  • Thursday, January 30th in the College & Career Center during ROO Time*
  • Wednesday, February 5th in the College & Career Center @ 1PM*

*These information sessions are for current students only.

How to Become a Running Start Student

Becoming a Running Start student is a big decision and being a college student during your high school years is not for everyone. We encourage you to have a brief discussion with your counselor about what running start entails. You should thoroughly research this option online before attending a community college informational meeting. This will help determine if you are ready for college level work during your junior and/or senior years.

Part of attending a college program earlier than most of your peers is an added responsibility of emailing teachers, professors, counselors and advisors, filling out applications and forms in a timely manner, staying organized and being able to ask for help when needed. All community colleges have their own application system and deadlines you need to be familiar with.

If you are interested in Running Start, you will need to complete steps listed below.


 Attend an informational session at the community college of your choice


Complete your online community college application


Set up your college email account

step 4

Complete the placement assessment in English and Math or provide proper placement information i.e. your Current High School Transcript  

step 5

Make an appointment to meet with your counselor & parent/guardian. At this meeting, we will go over everything that running start entails and the process for completing the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form. It is required that a parent/guardian attend this meeting. 

step 6

Attend your college's orientation class & sign up for your classes 

Useful Links for the Running Start Enrollment Process

Websites & College Contacts

Attention Running Start Graduating Seniors

Don't forget to complete your:

XELLO Graduation Requirement

GPA cords may be purchased for $7.00 at the ASB window. A GPA of 3.5 or higher (cumulative) qualifies for a cord. The GPA is based on the GPA earned through fall quarter of the senior year for Running Start students. The Bookkeeper has a list of those seniors who qualify.

***Running Start students do not qualify for Departmental Honors or cords. ***