FAQ

Where is Lake Washington Technical Academy located?

The Academy is housed on the Kirkland campus of Lake Washington Institute of Technology, 11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, Washington, 98034. The high school programs office is in the West Building, Room W210, across from Financial Aid. The term "Academy" refers to our accredited high school and encompasses both direct entry and Gateway to College. There are also several other programs that operate under the umbrella of High School Programs at LWTech such as Running Start, adult high school completion and SkillBuilding.

How much does it cost to attend?

Academy students do not pay a tuition fee and most books are provided at no cost to the student. Some programs, though, do require personal equipment and consumable materials. A book and equipment deposit of $100.00 is required. Failure to return books by the Monday following the end of each quarter will result in a fine of $100.00. A student would need to repay the deposit to enroll in classes. We often have limited funds available to offer scholarships for program expenses and transportation  once a student is admitted.

What type of instructors will I have?

Students will have a combination of college and high school faculty depending on their term and their program. College instructors usually have extensive experience in the industry in which they are teaching. High school courses are taught by certificated teachers.

Is transportation provided?

No. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation. LWTech is located on Metro transit bus lines serving the Eastside. Students may also drive their own vehicles to campus or carpool. Parking on campus is free.

How long will it take to finish my high school diploma?

This will depend on several factors. First, we will review your high school transcript to determine how many credits are left to fulfill the state's diploma requirements. You determine the technical program you wish to pursue. The requirements for your program plus the remaining credits you need for high school will determine the total number of classes you have to take. An average class load per quarter is 4.

Can I earn a high school diploma and a college degree?

Once a student earns either a high school diploma OR a college degree, they are consider "completers" as far as the state is concerned and the eligibility would end in the school year a students earn a high school diploma, OR an AAS degree of any kind, OR turns 21. However, depending on the circumstances, some students are able to earn both a high school diploma and an AAS degree within the same school year. Students are not allowed to earn more than one AAS degree.

Is this option right for me?

Material is covered at a much faster pace than in high school. If you have the maturity to accept the challenges of the college environment then one of our programs may be a good choice for you.

If a student meets all eligibility requirements, is enrollment guaranteed? Eligibility determination is the first key step but does not guarantee enrollment. The LWTech High School Program's comprehensive approach to student selection is the product of national best practices, bounded by state regulation, and supported by intensive training and a dedicated, professional, highly qualified team.  Based on the comprehensive evaluation, students may be referred to direct entry Into the Academy, Gateway to College, SkillBuilding, GED, adult classes, or other programs within the community. This determination is based on our professional judgment to find the right program to improve student's likelihood of success

What is the college school year?

The Academy follows the academic calendar of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology which is different than local school districts.

What if I have my GED?

You are still eligible to attend the Academy if you have obtained a GED as long as you have not completed all requirements for high school graduation.

Is child care provided?

No, the high school program does not provide free child care for enrolled students. LWTech does have a child care facility on campus for children of enrolled students. For fees and enrollment information contact the Child Care Center.

How can I find out more about Lake Washington Technical Academy?

Call our office at (425) 739-8107.