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The Running Start Program is a partnership between local Community College and Washington State public high schools. The program offers eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in regular college classes and to receive both high school and college credit for those classes (Dual Enrollment). Students may choose to enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes. Though the high school district office pays for college tuition costs, all other costs must be paid by the student including transportation, lab fees and necessary books and supplies.

Yakima Valley College-YVC Running Start Page:

for further information including the following topics:

  • Program Considerations
  • Program Benefits
  • Information Nights
  • Applicaiton Deadlines
  • University Transfer Guide
  • ZHS-YVC Course Equivalency
  • Forms and Waivers
  • Admissions, Testing and Placement

YVC-ZHS Running Start Enrollment Procedures


Step 1  Information: Gather information from the counselor, Guidance Center, website and/or attend an information meeting held at home high school or YVC for 10th & 11th grade students and their parents. (January-February) 


Step 2  Apply: Student & parent complete a Running Start Application form available in the Guidance Center, the ZHS Website or YVC. 


Step 3  Test & Placement : Students take the placement test to check for academic readiness for college work.   Options for placement into Running Start (using GPA and Smarter Balanced Testing results from 10th or 11th grade ACT or Acuplacer Testing) 



Step 4  Notification: Student receives notification of eligibility to enter the Running Start Program, usually within one week of testing.


Step 5  HS Guidance: Eligible students make appointments with high school counselors to identify graduation requirements, review YVC equivalent courses, and develop an enrollment plan. Counselor will give students a YVC Running Start course equivalency enrollment form to complete.


Step 6  Course Selection: Student and parents will select desired courses and alternates for the equivalency form.  The website to plan for class selection is The student returns the course equivalency form to the counselor. The counselor will complete the ZHS equivalency information, sign the form, and return to the student to take to YVC for registration. Also required is the Enrollment Verification Form for FTE counts


Step 7 Orientation and Registration: Students attend their scheduled YVC orientation, advising and registration meeting. The completed and signed equivalency form is required. This is usually done in mid-May.


Notes to ZHS Families:


YVC Fall quarter usually begins around September 20 each year. This date is considerably later than the ZHS starting date. Registered student who decide to drop a YVC class are responsible to complete the necessary paperwork at the college to withdraw. Dropping YVC courses after the first week of the ZHS semester can cause a student to be less than full time enrolled without options to add courses at ZHS until the next semester.


Each semester YVC sends an official transcript for each student to ZHS. All YVC grades earned, as part of Running Start must also be entered on the ZHS transcript.


Seniors must complete all YVC courses that will be required for graduation by the end of the senior winter semester (March 15). YVC spring quarter usually ends June 15 and is after ZHS graduation, hence that credit cannot be counted for required credits/classes.)

High School vs. College A comparison for Running Start students 


Personal Freedom in High School


Personal Freedom in College


Your time is usually structured by others.

You manage your own time.

You can count on parents and teachers for guidance and   to remind you of your responsibilities

You will be faced with new moral and ethical decisions.   You must balance responsibilities and set priorities.

You will usually be told what your responsibilities are and   corrected if your behavior is out of line.

You're old enough to take responsibility for your   decisions and their consequences.

High School Classes


College Classes

The school year is 36 weeks long; some classes extend   over both semesters and some do not.


The academic year is divided into three separate 10 or   11 week quarters, plus 3 days at the end of the quarter for final exams.

Teachers carefully monitor class attendance.

Some instructors factor attendance into final grades;   some do not take attendance at all.

You are provided with textbooks at little or no cost.

You must budget $200 or more for textbooks each quarter.  

Studying in High School

Studying in College

Study time outside of class can be as little as 2 hours   per week, and this may be for last-minute test preparation.

You should plan to study as long as it takes outside of   class throughout the quarter to achieve mastery. You will need to review   class notes and assignments regularly.  This is generally 2 hours per class per day.

Class participation is often all that is necessary to   learn what is needed.

Substantial reading and writing assignments may not be   directly reviewed in class.

You are usually told in class what you need to learn   from assigned readings.

It's up to you to read and understand the reading   assignments. Lectures and other assignments presume you have already done so.  


High School Teachers

College Teachers

Teachers approach you if they believe you need   assistance.


Most instructors expect you to initiate contact if you   need assistance.

Teachers provide you with information you missed when   you were absent.

Teachers often write information on the board to be   copied into your notes.

Instructors expect you to get notes from classmates for   information you missed.

Good note-taking skills are a must; instructors expect   you to identify the important points.


Tests in High School

Tests in College

Frequent tests covering small amount of material.


2 or 3 tests per quarter, may be cumulative, covering   large amounts of material.

Teachers may rearrange test dates to avoid conflict with   school events.

Instructors in different courses usually schedule tests   without regard to the demands of other courses or outside activities.

Grades in High School

Grades in College

Consistently good homework or "extra credit"   may raise your overall grade when test scores are low.

Grades on tests and major papers usually comprise most   of the course grade.

Initial low test grades may not have an adverse affect   on your final grade.

Generally, all tests contribute substantially to your   final grade. A low initial test is a "wake-up call".

Effort counts. Teachers reward a good-faith effort.

Results count. Instructors expect quality work.