High School Programs

High School Programs are offered to those students of high school age who wish to earn college credit while still attending high school or who desire a non-traditional high school education and adults who wish to complete a high school diploma.  Following are the programs offered by Peninsula College.

Running Start

Please note: It's not too late to take a placement assessment (COMPASS) for Running Start!

The Running Start Program enables eligible high school students who seek expanded educational challenges to enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes, for the purpose of earning credit to be awarded by both their high school district and Peninsula College. It offers junior and senior high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses and earn college credits while completing high school graduation requirements.  The Running Start web site will give you more information on how to apply and what to expect.

Professional Technical Education Program (formerly known as Tech Prep)

The Professional Technical Education Program is a dual credit opportunity for high school students. It is a dynamic educational reform movement and process of curriculum structure with a workforce preparation emphasis into which schools can integrate proven educational improvement elements, such as contextual learning. It seeks to meet high academic standards, eliminate duplication of student effort, and provide the best teaching and learning experiences schools can offer to prepare students for the real world of work. The Professional Technical Education Program on the North Olympic Peninsula is a partnership between Peninsula College, area school districts, and local business, labor, and community representatives.

Adult High School Diploma

Adults (19 years and older) who did not complete high school may obtain a high school diploma through Peninsula College. This high school diploma meets the graduation requirements of the State of Washington and is issued through Peninsula College. Classes taken at Peninsula College to satisfy high school requirements may also be applied to a college degree. An individual (21 years or older) who completes an associate degree (AA, AS, AAS, or AAS-T) may now request a state high school diploma from the College upon written request.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.