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Comparison between Running Start, College in the High School and AP




Running Start

AP Courses

Learning EnvironmnetHigh SchoolCollege CampusHigh School
Students remain with high school peers and friendsYesMaybe


Courses conflict with other high school programsNoLikelyNo
Homework time available in classLikelyUnlikeyLikely
State revenue lost to your school district's
Teacher QualificationsApproved by CWU, Professional development requiredApproved University or College Faculty

Approved by District


College credit earnedBy meeting CWU course standards: assignments, quizzes and examsBy meeting indivdual teacher's course objectiveBy score on one final standardized test
Teacher evaluationBy high school, students, and site visits and observations by CWU liaisonBy college department and studentsBy high school
Student eligibilityPlacement test or successfully passing previous courseworkPlacement test, space available, GPA, etc.Teacher discretion
Age limitationsSophomore, junior or senior standingJunior or senior standing


$55 per creditNoneNone
Credit transferabilityAccepted by most regional colleges and UniversitiesAccepted by most regional colleges and UniversitiesMost regional colleges require score of 3 or higher on AP test
Other costs$15 placement test fee, if requiredAdditional fees for transportation, books, registration, courses & technology, parking$94 AP test fee
Other considerationsNo tuition increase for 2019-20, no textbook purchaseCurriculum is not censored for high school students attending college classesEvery college/university has a different AP test acceptance policy


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