Running Start

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Becoming a Running Start student means becoming a college student! This transition from high school to college is both an exciting and stressful time. We recognize that parents/guardians play a key role in a student's participation in Running Start. We hope the information on this page will be a useful guide to your new role as a parent/guardian of a college student!

The most important distinction between high school and college for parents/guardians is the access to student personal records, such as grades. Since the college is bound by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), parents/guardians cannot access their student's grades at the college unless the student gives express written permission, or if the parent/guardian establishes the student's dependency as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.

NOTE: parent/guardians have access to final grades (for Running Start sponsored courses) at the high school.

Other student personal records include attendance. Instructors are not required to take attendance or to report it. Additionally, an instructor cannot share a student's attendance, progress, or grades with parents/guardians or anyone else, except the student.

Action Tips:

  • If your son or daughter would like to grant you access to his/her student records have the student fill out the FERPA Student Release.
  • Or the parent/guardian can gain access to his/her student's records if the student's dependency is established, as defined by the IRS, by completing and affidavit available at Enrollment Services in Lynnwood Hall, first floor.
  • If you would like to stay current on Running Start dates, news, and announcements please "Like" our Facebook page.
  • For a summary of Running Start student & parent information, open the PDF here.
  • For more details or if you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to call the Running Start office at 425.640.1761.