Running Start

Prospective Running Start Students - Running Start information meetings are held in the Emerald Ridge HS Auditorium every semester. Please know that you do not need to meet with your ERHS counselor until after you attend a running start information meeting. 

If you would like to enroll in Running Start:

1) Apply to the college of your choice and complete their placement assessment
2) Review the PSD Running Start Handbook 
3) Fill out the PSD Running Start Agreement 
4) After you've attended an information meeting call 253-435-6311 or stop by the CCC to schedule an appointment with your ERHS counselor to complete a Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (EVF). 
Students must bring the signed PSD Running Start Agreement form and proof from the college that you are eligible to take college-level English. 
If you do not have these two documents when you arrive for your Running Start EVF appointment, your appointment will be rescheduled. 
5) Once you have your EVF form for the upcoming quarter from your high school counselor, register for college classes.

Running Start students must join the ERHS Running Start Schoology page. The group code is XSVD-759H-FKJDF


Information for Running Start at Pierce College

Click here for the Pierce College Running Start New Student Checklist


Fort Steilacoom Testing:                             (253) 964-6521
Fort Steilacoom Welcome Center:             (253) 964-6705
Contact Welcome Center for general questions about Running Start 

Puyallup campus Testing:                           (253) 840-8343
Puyallup campus Student Success:          (253) 840-8431
Contact Student Success for general questions about Running Start



Running Start is a statewide program intended to provide students a program option consisting of attendance at certain institutions of higher education and the simultaneous earning of high school and college/university credit.  

Running Start was initiated by the legislature as a component of the 1990 parent and student Learning by Choice Law

Students in grades 11 and 12 are allowed to take college courses at Washington’s community and technical colleges, and at Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and Northwest Indian College.

Running Start Students and their families do not pay tuition, but they do pay college fees and buy their own books, as well as provide their own transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes and therefore accelerate their progress through the education system. The exercise of that right is subject only to minimal eligibility and procedural requirements, which are spelled out, in state administrative rules. See RCW 28A.600.300 for more information.