Chief Sealth International High School

Chief Sealth International
High School
Counseling Center

Running Start and International Baccalaureate

How to Decide Between Running Start and IB

Running Start offers direct transfer college credit to In-State colleges and universities, it requires students to be off-campus and be self-advocates all while still being required to take exams and other activities at Chief Sealth.

International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are accepted for direct college credit all over the U.S. and around the world, colleges have published credit equivalency for passing IB scores. For more information contact the college you are interested in attending for input on the courses they would prefer to see on your transcript.

About Running Start


Running Start is a tuition-free program that allows 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to earn high school and college credit at the same time. Please email your counselor for a detailed overview of the program.

Counselor Assignments

Chelsey Thomas (she/her)
Last names A-D

Shelby Namba (she/her)
Last names E-K

Krista Rillo
Last names L-P

Dan Rosen (he/him)
Last names Q-Z

Enrollment Process

  • Step 1
    • Attend the Chief Sealth Mandatory Running Start Orientation in April.
  • Step 2
    • Visit the Running Start page of the college you plan to attend and follow the enrollment steps. South Seattle College is the most common college our students attend: .
  • Step 3
    • Complete the Chief Sealth Running Start Packet (available in the counseling office). Make sure you watch the video linked in the packet for additional enrollment instructions.
  • Step 4
    • Schedule an Appointment with your Counselor to complete your Enrollment Verification Form (EVF).
  • Step 5
    • Submit your EVF to the Running Start office at the college you will be attending. Work with the Running Start staff at the college to register for your college classes.

About International Baccalaureate


As part of an International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, students are: encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning; take part in programs of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world; become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language; and be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

IB Coordinator

Ms. Allison Hays

IB at Chief Sealth International High School

Chief Sealth offers both the Full IB Diploma and the Career Diploma. Students can also opt to take as few or as many IB classes as they would like.  Students who earn the IB Diploma may receive college credits or advanced placement for their high school work. Students who are most interested in one or several of the individual IB content areas may receive college credits or advanced placement in college courses for successfully completing the IB exams for that course. Check with the colleges you are interested in to find out about credit.