Richland School District Working on Allowing Students to get College Courses Without Leaving Campus
The Richland School District is looking into expanding opportunities for high school students to get a head start on college.
Assistant Superintendent Todd Baddley said the district is making moves to allow students to get college credits without leaving their high school campuses beginning tentatively in January.
The district said the courses will be offered through partnership with Central Washington University.
As long as the students are full time high school students taking six courses, one of their classes can be a Running Start ollege course offered for free.
Any additional college courses will cost $55 per credit.
The college courses taken at the high school will offer dual credit, high school and college.
Students can start as juniors and the district hopes they will have the equivalent of an Associates Degree by the time they graduate high school.
"I think it's a fabulous opportunity if we can give students a chance to take rigorous courses and get college credit while staying at home," said Baddley. "This would also make it more affordable for the families."
Students must pass a placement test to qualify for the running start program and must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to qualify for college in the high school.
The district hopes to add as many as 60 courses in coming years.