If you are interested in either Running Start or New Market, come chat with Ms. Memmott in the Counseling Center to see if it's right for you!


    Running Start is a statewide program that allows high school juniors and seniors to attend community college tuition-free, earn college credits, and transfer to most 4-year colleges and universities in Washington.

    Save money on college tuition
    Start your 4-year experience debt-free. Earning an AA at the same time as your high school diploma and transferring to a university as a junior saves you and your family $8,000 (or much more!). 

    Enjoy independence & diverse experiences
    Work a part-time job, pick your own schedule, or get more sleep. Running Start students enjoy being more independent than their high school peers and learning with students of all ages and backgrounds.

    The Running Start (RS) program is an exciting option for RHS students, but does have some risks. To limit confusion and misunderstandings, we are asking all parents and students to read the Running Start Parent/Student Handbook and fill out this form verifying their understanding of the program.

    The Running Start Course Equivalency List gives information about which courses at the college will meet certain High School Graduation Requirements. You will need to meet with both your high school counselor and college advisor to choose courses that will meet high school and college graduation requirements.Click here for course list.



    New Market Skills Center opened in 1986 as an educational venture between local school districts and is a public school offering technical training for high school students.  The vision is to prepare students for post-secondary education, apprenticeships, or entrance into the workforce by offering the opportunity to be trained in technical career areas too expensive for a single district to fund. Students are transported to New Market from their home high schools. They spend the morning at New Market and the afternoon at Rainier High School.

    Students who receive training at skills centers can expect to:

    • Have free training(a program fee may apply).
    • Develop skills, knowledge, and attitude to successfully entry the workforce or further training
    • Earn up to 3+ high school credits in a full-year program.
    • Learn from teachers/partners who come from business and industry.
    • Receive information on career and post-secondary opportunities.
    • May participate in job shadow, internships, and pre-apprenticeships.
    • Participate in a wide range of leadership activities/programs.
    • Receive certificates of competency.
    • Make the transition from school to work and/or post-secondary education.
    • May receive advanced placement and/or college credit through the Tech Prep programs.

    Applications for Fall 2023 open on Tuesday, February 14th.