High School Options

College Credit Options for High Schoolers

Are you comparing college credit programs for high school students?  Students should pick the best program for their goals and family situation. This comparison is an example of common paths for high schoolers who spend two years in each program, starting as a junior.

  Running Start Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate College in the High School CTE Dual Credit
Goal Graduate high school with an AA degree to enter university as a junior, or earn some college credits. Take college-prep classes for college credit while at high school. Do college-level work to earn college credit while at high school. Graduate high school with college credits toward professional / technical degree.
Credits Earn up to 15 credits per quarter, 90 total. Pass three exams to earn up to 15 credits. Pass one CHS class to earn 5 credits. Complete two technical classes to earn 10 CTE credits.
Cost Pay fees & books, $0 tuition. $94 each exam, $282 total. Up to $150 for CHS class. $0 for CTE credits.
Location SPSCC campuses, online, or hybrid. High school. High school. High school.
More Info Running Start lets juniors and seniors attend community college, earn credits, and transfer to most 4-year schools in Washington or beyond. AP gives students college-level work while in high school to earn credit and placement. IB programs challenge students and encourage personal and academic achievement. CHS provides college-level courses in high schools for qualified students, taught by high school teachers. CTE Dual Credit, formerly known as Tech Prep, provides career pathways for high school students.