Get Ahead in School
You plan your courses to meet high school graduation requirements and can meet the requirements much faster than regular high school students because you get more credits sooner.
One quarter in the Running Start program = 1 year of regular high school classes.
If you finish your high school graduation requirements in the first year in the program, then you can take whatever you’re most interested in for the rest of your high school time in the Running Start program. You’ll have more time to develop and build your personal portfolio for potential merit scholarships at a future university.
Share a Passion for Learning
You get to learn with people who are serious about learning. “Senioritis” is the common case for 12th graders, but the chances of this happening in the Running Start program are far less common because your classmates choose to be there as you do.
Stand Out Among College Applicants
Universities are now finding that grades and tests are not the only indicators for how successful students will be. Students who have persistence and grit have a better chance of completing college. By showing that you chose to challenge yourself for two full years in college-level courses even BEFORE you were required to do so speaks to everything that universities are looking for. It highlights your goal to succeed in the university setting and shows that you are willing to put in the hard work in advance.