Running Start Program

Students wishing to enroll in the Running Start Program will do so through the district office (Educational Service Center--ESC). A Declaration of Intent must be on file for the previous and current school years. Home-based instruction students in Running Start who plan on receiving a diploma issued through the Puyallup School District must meet the school district’s requirements for enrollment in Running Start. For example, students must be a junior or senior in standing as reflected on their official transcript.
 
Home-based instruction students in Running Start who do not plan on receiving a diploma issued through the Puyallup School District and wishing to avail themselves of the Running Start Program also must enroll through the ESC and be of junior or senior status. This will be determined from the grade declared when first enrolled in the district or home school program. If you do not declare a grade for your student, their grade will be assigned by the district based on your student’s age. Their grade will increase by one grade each year until your child reaches the end of their 12th grade. At this time they will be considered graduated and no longer eligible for the Running Start Program.
 
Please Note: per statute, homeschooling students wishing to avail themselves of Running Start options must have a declaration of intent on file with the school district for the year preceding the request for Running Start participation. Enrolling students must have received home-based instruction for the school year prior to enrollment in Running Start. They must also have a current declaration of intent on file with the school district within two weeks of the start of the semester (on or around September 17 each year.

See RCW 28A.600.310