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Running Start

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The Running Start Program at NKSD is a unique educational opportunity established through a collaboration between local community colleges, public high schools, and select higher education institutions. Specifically designed for high school juniors and seniors, this program allows students to enroll in college-level courses tuition-free and earn credits that count towards both their high school graduation requirements and future college degrees, accelerating their academic progress.

Running Start is offered through Washington's 34 community and technical colleges, as well as the following public four-year universities: Washington State University, Central Washington University, and Eastern Washington University. Additionally, the program is available at public tribal colleges, such as Northwest Indian College and Spokane Tribal College.

To participate in the program, students must apply for admission and meet specific eligibility criteria, such as entrance exam performance, GPA, and other relevant academic indicators. Running Start provides numerous advantages, including exposure to college-level academics, access to diverse courses and resources, and the opportunity to save on future college expenses.

If your student is interested in the Running Start Program, please contact your high school counselor. The counselor can provide detailed information on enrollment, eligibility, and the application process, ensuring that students make informed decisions about their academic future. By participating in Running Start, motivated students can expand their educational horizons and maximize their potential, gaining a competitive edge in the ever-evolving academic landscape.

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Teaching & Learning Department
18360 Caldart Ave NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Fax (360) 396-3934

Gwen Lyon
Executive Director of Teaching & Learning
(360) 396-3021

Craig Barry
Director of Secondary Education 
(360) 396-3018

Kingston High School Counseling Center
(360) 396-3311

North Kitsap High School Counseling Center
(360) 396-3131