Running Start Information

Do you have a sophomore or junior who is interested in taking Running Start classes? Running Start is a program that allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college courses at Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. The added bonus is the cost savings, as students receive both high school and college credit for these classes, thus accelerating their progress through the education system.

Running Start students have the unique opportunity to finish their high school diploma while earning college credit. When the decision is made to become a Running Start student, the student assumes the personal responsibility of making sure they are knowledgeable about state required tests and events at Sammamish and Bellevue College class registration dates.

We will be hosting two information sessions Wednesday, January 31st, one at 7:30am and the second at 1:30pm. Students who are new to Running Start and/or parents are invited to join us for a presentation followed by a question and answer session.  We will cover the pros and cons of taking Running Start classes, the steps you need to complete to apply and be accepted into the program and how to register for classes. Both sessions will cover the same information.

Full-time Running Start students must be enrolled in a minimum of 15 college credits.

In order to help you keep up to date with critical Sammamish information, we have provided the following links to necessary information. Some key points to remember:

  • You are responsible for setting up a meeting with your SHS counselor at least 5 days prior to each enrollment period to have your Enrollment Verification Form signed.
  • If you are taking classes at both Sammamish and BC, it is your responsibility to coordinate your BC schedule so that you do not miss Sammamish classes. Arriving late or leaving early from a Sammamish class is not an option.
  • The Bellevue School District covers the tuition for BC classes up to the state limit of 15 credits. For each additional credit, the student and parent are responsible for the cost of tuition.
  • You are required to be present on state testing days for tests that you still need to pass. Please consult with your sammamish counselor to get a list of the tests you need and the dates they will be given.


Sammamish High School Running Start Information Session:

Running Start Equivalency 2016-2017
Message from BC to RS students
Running Start Info session PPT – SHS 2018
Information for BSD students participating in RS

Additional Resources:
Bellevue College Running Start Website
Bellevue College Running Start Application Website (Meet with your Sammamish counselor 5 days before your scheduled registration date)
Bellevue College Important Dates and Deadlines
Running Start Course Equivalencies
Is Running Start a good fit? (Bellevue College website)
Remind Text Running Start Parent Group through Bellevue College


Counselors and faculty use the Naviance program to provide resources, tools and information to guide students through the college application process.  This program allows students to define their strengths and post-secondary interests, search a comprehensive database of colleges and scholarships and track their college application process.  Below are some additional resources to aid in the application process.

How do students access Naviance?

With the support of their school counselors, students will set up a password-protected account. They will need to use their Bellevue School District student e-mail address as part of the registration process. Once registered, students can access their account from any device. Click on Naviance to go to the website.

Naviance can help students to:

  • Create a four-year plan
  • Explore careers
  • Identify personality and learning styles
  • Research colleges
  • Prepare for SAT and ACT
  • Receive notifications and emails from counselors
  • Learn about acceptance rates with Scattergrams
  • Research scholarships
  • Work on their resume


Student Athletes

Student athletes need to register with the NCAA and submit transcript waivers to the counseling office. Please bring in two copies of the signed waiver along with two envelopes with postage & addressed to the NCAA Clearing House – one copy for the beginning of the year & the 2nd copy for the end of the year.

College Corps

Did you know amazing College Corps volunteers can help you with your Scholarship Applications? College Corps can help you with information about college, completing college applications, writing application and scholarship essays, finding financial aid and all aspects of the college application process.

Seniors- College Corps is in the Glass Room – Room 201 – across from the Main Office after school Mondays through Thursdays. Volunteers will be in there Mondays through Thursdays to help you with your college applications and essays. Please drop in and use this very valuable resource!

M,T,Th: 3pm to 4:30pm
Wed: 1pm to 2:30pm

Letter of Recommendation Packet for Counselors:

For any seniors who need a letter of recommendation from their school counselor, please complete this packet, and return it/e-mail it to your school counselor.

BSD Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Waiver:

This year, the Bellevue School District requires all seniors to complete the BSD FERPA Waiver form in order to send official high school transcripts to colleges.

Senior Checklist

Use this Senior Checklist to help guide you in your college application process during your senior year.

Funding Resources

This Funding Resources document provides brief financial aid and scholarship information with links to the most useful website.

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