Oroville High School increasing college credit opportunities

Oroville High School has been offering Running Start and College in the High School Classes for the past three years now.

The Running Start program consists of high school juniors and seniors taking college credit courses and receiving dual credit for them. For example, a student taking a RS U.S. History course would receive five credits from the college or university as well as one credit of high school credit for the same class.

We first began offering Running Start classes through Eastern Washington University during the 2012-2013 school year. Our partnership with EWU allowed us to offer a U.S. History course. During the next school year those classes expanded with English 101 and 320 being offered through EWU and U.S. History and CWP being offered through Spokane Falls Community Colleges.

During the 2014-15 school year we have expanded these courses yet again and now are working with EWU, SFCC as well as Central Washington University. Thr ough EWU we are offering two English courses for a total of 10 credits. SFCC courses have increased to 10 credits of US History and five credits of Political Science for a total of 15 credits. The courses we added through CWU this year were Computer Technology, Spanish I, Advanced Biology, Pre Calculus I and Pre Calculus II.

Currently a student could graduate from Oroville High School with 50 college credits. We are looking at which classes we can add to our program next year and we will continue to work with our partnering colleges and universities as well as Washington state to try to achieve our goal of students having the option to earn an AA Degree without ever having to leave our high school campus.

If you would like more information about the college courses that we currently are offering to our students then please call the high school office at 509-476-3612 or email me at Kristin.sarmiento@oroville.wednet.edu