Skip to main content

What is Running Start?

Running Start is a statewide 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, but they do pay mandatory fees, buy their own books, and provide their own transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes, thus accelerating their progress through the education system.

Student eligibility:

To participate in Running Start, students must be of eleventh or twelfth grade standing.  Participation in Running Start also equires that students demonstrate the ability to enroll in college level English.  The two most common ways to qualify for Running Start at WCC are to demonstrate college level English ability through High School GPA or the Accuplacer Reading Test.Students must meet with Running Start Advisors at the colleges to determine eligiblity.

New student information and planning sheet for 2018-19 school year

Students enrolled in Running Start program are required to fill out a permission form which can be downloaded here Sqhs Permission slip 

Students with PE Waivers must maintain an full schdule at WCC per the School District form

 Whatcom Community College  Bellingham Technical College

 WCC Running Start

 BTC Running Start

 WCC Course & Credit Equivalencies

 BTC Course & Credit Equivalencies



Students must call to schedule an appointment to take the placement test on the college campus.Contact information can be found on the college websites listed below.  For additional information contact Mrs. O’Brien, or the running start offices at the colleage.  See below for helpful test practice websites!

BTC testing site has  several helpful study guides, for help with Math placement use the EDready link! Work through the Everyday Math, then Pre-Algebra, then Algebra Spend a little time each day, for a few weeks.

Math Magician Use the flashcards for the multiplication. The timed tests are good to use. Also practice the fractions.  Many times students and adults get caught up by that and will not do well with the Algebra equations as a result.

This one is fun, you can take a timed test and also one where you compete with other people around the world.For sentence structure check out: Click on the different sections and follow steps 1-4 for each.There is also a link to a “visual thesaurus” which is really helpful. The results of your search are in a picture format to look like a diagram of an atom.


Daily Bulletin and District Calendar

The Squalicum  Bulletin is posted daily on the SQHS webpage. Srudents are encourage to check this  or the DIstrict Calendar for updated infomration on schedule changes and activities!

Your Squalicum Running Start Advisor is:

Cindy O’Brien

Phone: 360 676-6470 ext. 7708