Running Start


Parents play a big role in their child's education, and that's why we created a section just for parents. We want to provide you with the tools to be informed and supportive in your Running Start student's endeavor. 


About Running Start

Running Start is a good fit for students who:

  • Are ready for the challenge of college-level coursework
  • Are motivated to participate in the college environment and possess the maturity to do so
  • Seek academic challenges not available at their high school

Green River’s Running Start program at a glance:

  • Students from over 30 high schools and 15 school districts
  • Over 1,100 participants each quarter
  • The average GPA is approximately 3.0
  • Mixture of full-time and part-time students
  • Students enrolled in both transfer and career and technical education programs


Green River offers many degrees for Running Start students to pursue while here, both transfer and career training focuses. There are 11 degrees designed to transfer to a university and over 26 career training programs to provide training for a specific career field. Below are some resources to help your child navigate the options:

  • Degrees: lists Green River's degrees and their requirements here
  • College Transfer Center: resources for transferring to a university, including transfer equivalency guides, transfer fairs, workshops, and other important events
  • The college catalog is helpful for course descriptions, degrees offered, and academic policies
  • The annual schedule:  find out when classes will be offered throughout the year
  • Running Start Degree Planning Workshop: You and your student are welcome to attend!  Learn how to choose a degree based on a major, the ins and out of transferring to a university, and start planning for future quarters.
  • Advising: All students are encouraged to meet with a Running Start advisor to develop a degree plan. Students can make an appointment by calling (253) 833-9111, ext. 2641.

Most Green River students transfer to a four-year college. The direct transfer agreement (DTA) degrees are accepted by 21 in-state institutions and many out-of-state colleges. This means when a student transfers will an AA degree, the university considers all those credits to satisfy general education requirements and will view the student as a junior upon transcript evaluation. However, most universities require Running Start students to apply as freshmen if they transfer immediately following high school graduation. Running Start students may apply as transfer students if they complete one quarter after high school.

Important Things to Know

Student Privacy Act

Running Start students have the same rights and responsibilities as any other college student. All student educational records are maintained according to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), concerning information that becomes part of the permanent record and governing the conditions of its disclosure. Only the student’s name, dates of enrollment, and degrees earned can be released without the student’s authorization. If you would like access to your student’s records, they need to grant the Running Start staff permission to talk to you by filling out a FERPA waiver form.

Quarterly Registration

Each quarter, students must obtain an Enrollment Verification Form from their high school counselor. It needs to be complete and include your signature prior to submitting it two weeks before registration begins. Running Start students must be registered by the following dates:

  • Winter quarter: December 30, 2013
  • Spring quarter: March 24, 2014

Academic Standards

In order for Running Start participants to remain eligible for the program, students must make satisfactory academic progress. Each quarter, student transcripts are reviewed to ensure this is happening. Students must demonstrate satisfactory progress by:

  1. Earning a minimum 2.0 quarterly grade point average, and
  2. Completing all enrolled credit
  • Failure to earn credit in coursework results in an "I", "NC", "W" or a grade below a 1.0 on the transcript.
  • Students have a small window of opportunity to withdraw from a class and not have it post to their permanent transcript: follow the important deadlines published in the quarterly class schedule to remain informed.

Students have three opportunities to demonstrate satisfactory progress. Any third quarter of not meeting standard will result in dismissal from the Green River Running Start program.

Running Start Academic Standards

Transition to College

As your student transitions to college, it’s important to keep in mind the following and to offer appropriate support:

  • Encourage personal responsibility
    • College is voluntary
    • It’s important to read all materials
    • Asking questions is a must
    • Utilizing student services (tutoring, advising, etc.)
  • Help set realistic expectations in terms of:
    • Time management
    • Work hours
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Family commitments
  • Being a college student requires maturity
    • Be responsible in terms of attendance and classroom conduct
    • Course materials are not censored
    • Treat college as a job – notify instructors of absences
    • Be aware of important dates, registration processes, and how to navigate the website
  • Running Start students begin making a permanent college record right away