Running Start

Running Start Overview

Running Start is a program in which high school juniors and seniors take courses at Clark College as a part of their high school program. Successful completion of college level courses (numbered 100 and above) yields college credit and can also be used to satisfy high school requirements.

Running Start information nights are offered in January at Clark College for anyone interested in participating. After a student passes the Compass test, he/she and a parent/guardian will need to attend a mandatory orientation at Clark College and also one at Prairie High School before forecasting for classes.

Students will be required to complete an online orientation and PHS online orientation.  Please click on testing and eligibility for further instructions.

 After reviewing all information in this site, student and/or parents can contact their counselor with Running Start questions. This should be done before school, after school, during STAT or via email.

How to Qualify

Steps to get started:

  1. Register online at www.clark.edu/runningstart.  Follow the application and testing instructions.
  2. If you took the SBAC and received a 3 or better in the English/Language Arts assessment, you may take these scores to qualify you to take non-math and non-upper level science courses.  If you take the Compass test for math and pass with a qualifying score, you may take Math and some upper level science courses.  Get your SBAC scores from you counselor and take directly to the Running Start office at Clark College.
  3. Complete the online orientation on CLARK's website (required)
  4. View the PHS Running Start Orientation (required).
  5. Fill out and return the Running Start Forms to your counselor.

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