Lake Washington Technical Academy

High School programs graphic

Thank you for your interest in our program.


Lake Washington Technical Academy offers eligible high school junior and senior students, ages 16 to 20, the opportunity to concurrently train for a career and earn a high school diploma. Lake Washington Technical Academy is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and is a full-time special purpose high school program located on the campus of Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Washington. The program enrolls 350-400 students annually in either direct entry or Gateway to College. 

Students have access to most of the training programs and support services of LWTech. Students have the opportunity to not only complete their high school diploma but also work towards a college certificate or an Associate's degree. Eligibility ends the school year a student turns 21, or upon completion of the requirements for a high school diploma or an Associate's degree (whichever occurs first). Students are responsible for their transportation to and from the Academy.

Length of the school day depends on the technical program as the college offers morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes. The average schedule is usually 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. A book and tool deposit is required at the time of enrollment.  All new students are required to pass a College Strategies course their first quarter.

Is the Academy right for me?

Based on a comprehensive evaluation, students may be referred to direct entry into the Academy. These students typically have been academically successful in their previous high school, earning a GPA of 2.0 or above and demonstrate maturity and college readiness. Students who do not meet the criteria for direct entry into the Academy may be recommended for one of our other programs such as Gateway to College.


Lake Washington Technical Academy accepts students three times per year. Enrollment is limited and students must meet certain eligibility requirements. In addition, students must be at least 16 and not yet 21 by September 1 to be considered for admission.  In addition, students must have completed both the 9th and the 10th grade. All interested students must first attend a High School Options (HOP) information session. 

If a student meets all eligibility requirements, is their enrollment guaranteed?

Eligibility determination is the first key step but does not guarantee enrollment.

What is expected of me after admission? After admission to the Academy student's must:

  • Earn at least a 2.0 GPA each quarter
  • Make satisfactory progress towards high school requirements
  • Meet attendance requirements
  • Comply with the Student Code of Conduct and Conditions of Enrollment

Special Education (IEP) Services

If you have an IEP, or 504 plan, we will want you to meet with LWTech Disability Support Services to discuss accommodations that are available in the college environment. It is important to determine if the kinds of services a student would need to support their success would be available to them at LWTech prior to entry. For more information, contact LWTech Disability Support Services by email or their website.

Click HERE for information on how to enroll in our program

 We invite you to review our Frequently Asked Questions section. If you have a question that is not included, please call us at (425) 739-8107.