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Running Start Program Administration

What are the academic standards at SFCC?
Students must maintain a 2.0 grade-point average each quarter. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation. Students whose grade-point average falls below 2.0 any given quarter will be warned of their academic status and encouraged to seek assistance. If they are academically deficient for two consecutive quarters, they will be placed on academic probation and referred to an faculty academic consultant for further recommendations. Students face dismissal if they are academically deficient for three consecutive quarters.

How are credits counted?

  • One 5-credit class at the college is equivalent to one high school credit. Running Start students can choose to be full-time (up to 18 credits), or part-time (1 to 10 credits) depending on time and other commitments. Most classes are 5 credits each; however, some may be 1, 2, 3 or 4 credits.
  • High school graduation requirements are established by each high school. The student must consult with the high school regarding high school requirements. Course equivalency guides are generally available for each high school.

Do Running Start credits transfer to other institutions?
Credits from the colleges are transferable to all other Washington state public colleges and universities, according to the guidelines of the receiving institution. Transfer to Washington state private colleges and out-of-state colleges is subject to the transfer policy of those institutions. Parents are encouraged to contact those institutions for their transfer policies. Many colleges and universities will want SAT or ACT scores for admission. The colleges’faculty academic consultants and your high school counselor may be able to provide further information.

How are academic records maintained?
Students will receive both high school and college credit. The grade reported is part of the permanent college transcript. If a student wished to apply to another college, he or she must list SFCC as a college attended and request that an official transcript be sent to verify previous college coursework. SFCC follows federal guidelines (FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) concerning access to student records.

How do we keep track of our student’s progress?
Copies of unofficial transcripts are mailed to the student’s high school about seven working days after the end of the quarter. Grades are available about seven working days after the end of the quarter. Students may obtain copies of their transcripts in the registration area or on the web.

What do SFCC decimal grades mean?

3.8 - 4.0   A 2.0 - 2.2   C
3.5 - 3.7   A- 1.6 - 1.9   C-
3.2 - 3.4   B+ 1.3 - 1.5   D+
2.9 - 3.1   B 1.0 - 1.2   D
2.6 - 2.8   B- 0.7 - 0.9   D-
2.3 - 2.5   C+ Below 0.7   F

Contact Information

  • Contact your Running Start high school counselor at your student's school.
  • You may also contact Barb Hahto at SFCC:
    Phone: (509) 533-3524

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