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Running Start Program

Running Start Program

For Running Start information and forms  click on the logo below.

Current Running Start Students - 

We hope that Spring Quarter is off to a great start.  Be sure to email your counselor with your Spring Quarter course selections.  If plan to take a course at ERHS for the 2023-24 school year, then please notify your counselor ASAP so that he/she can lock in your class selection.    

Prospective Running Start Students -

We are excited to present new and updated information about Running Start for 2023-24 school year. As you know, the Running Start Program has been a formidable option for students who would like to earn college credit while in high school. Our district continues to collaborate with many local colleges to provide these options for students and families while also remaining connected to their school and the greater Puyallup region.



 STEP #1

ATTEND  the ERHS Running Start Information Night and REVIEW the high school and college RS webpages. 


STEP #2 

APPLY  to the college of your choice  


  • AFTER YOU APPLY TO THE COLLEGE OF YOUR CHOICE - You will receive an email back from the college with a College ID number and instructions about how to complete your enrollment. 

STEP #3 

TAKE  the college entrance test to be eligible to take college-level English/Math courses 

           -Test results must show eligibility to take college-level English/Math classes at the college 

(Note: you must take Algebra II at ERHS if you have not yet taken the class) 


-Pierce College: contact the testing center at: 

-If you are attending a different college, contact the college directly for testing information 


STEP #4 

SCHEDULE an appointment with your ERHS Counselor – Appointments can be scheduled starting March 27, 2023 

              -You will receive the Running Start Graduation Requirements Worksheet 

                    -You will be responsible for meeting all high school graduation requirements indicated 

NOTE:  This RS Graduation Requirements Worksheet will be used when meeting with your college advisor 

NOTE:  Colleges other than Pierce College & Clover Park Technical College will utilize the Enrollment Verification Form(EVF)


**To schedule an appointment, please call (253)435-6311 or stop by the ERHS Counseling Office before school, after school, or at lunch.  Students 
can also book appts by utilizing the QR Code (a direct link to the youcanbookme scheduling site).

You must bring/present the following two documents to your appointment: 

1) Running Start Agreement Form initialed and signed by you and your parent/guardian 

2) Your college placement test results (Guided Self Placement, or other required test) 

3) Your college identification number 

(Note:  If you do not have these documents your appointment will be re-scheduled) 

Running Start Agreement Form.pdf

STEP #5 

REGISTER for classes at the college with direction and instructions from the college advisor 

     -Pay student/course fees required by the college  

                      (NOTE: free/reduced lunch eligible - fees may be waived by the college) 



Announcing Pierce College Running Start Information Sessions for Fall 2024 


Pierce College will be offering a Running Start Information Session for Fall 2023.  This session is designed for prospective students who are interested in the Running Start program at Pierce College.  Stay tuned for more information. 


Pierce College Contact Information:

General Running Start Program Questions: 


Phone: (253)964-6501 

Testing Center: 

Phone: (253)840-8343 


Phone: (253)-840-8431 


Clover Park Technical College – (253)589-5701/ 

Tacoma Community College – (253)566-6061/ 

Green River Community College – (253)288-3380/ 


Running Start 2023-2024 PowerPoints (Current Year):

Running Start Presentation 10-20-22 - CPTC.ppt

PIERCE RS INFO PRESENTATION 23-24 High school.pptx

RST program UW Tacoma.pdf

Running Start Info Night 2023-2024.pptx

Steps to Success RS MTG (1).pdf

Running Start 2022-2023 PowerPoints (Previous Years)

ERHS Counselor Running Start Info Night 2022 - PowerPoint

Pierce College Running Start Info Meeting Fall 2022 ERHS presentation.pdf

Video Shared by Pierce re: Career Pathways -

Running Start Information PowerPoint - Clover Park Technical College Mr. Kevin Kildun, Clover Park Running Start Advisor 2021-2022

Running Start Information PowerPoint - Pacific Lutheran University – Ms. Cassandra Kopriva, Senior Assistant Director of Admission & Campus Visit Coordinator