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Things to consider 
 
Successful Running Start students must have good study skills, self-discipline and motivation, and must be prepared for the independence, fast pace and time demands of college classes. 
  
► Community college classes are taught at a faster pace than high school, often covering as much material in one quarter (12 weeks) as some high school classes do in one year. 
 
► Community college classes also require more prep and study time — up to two hours for each hour of class. 
 
► Community college classes and programs occasionally tackle sensitive subjects, including sex, violence and religion.  Class discussions are open and candid. 
 
► The community colleges operate on a quarter system.  That means college and high school holidays and vacation periods differ.  Running Start students must attend their college classes even if their high school isn't in session. 
  
► Running Start students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average or better. 
 
► Running Start students are responsible for following their college code of conduct, attending class, seeking academic help and addressing problems directly with their instructors. 
 
► As mandated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Running Start student records are confidential and can only be accessed by the student.  Parents can only contact instructors or other school personnel on their student’s behalf if the student submits a FERPA Authorization to Release Information from Student Education Records.
 
 
Comparison of high school vs. college classes (pdf)