Running Start

The Running Start program is a partnership between Lake Washington Institute of Technology and local public high schools. Students classified as high school juniors and seniors may apply.

Admission to LWTech for Running Start requires the approval of the high school the student attends, a 2.5 GPA in high school, and minimum COMPASS scores of 70 writing (English 100/101), and 39 Pre-Algebra (math 80 or meet the higher math requisite for the technical program). A reading score of 85 is recommended and is used for advising and placement. The evaluation of the above items, along with student goals and type of courses, will determine admissions to Running Start.

Qualified students may attend college full-time and/or take classes at the high school and the college. Students earn high school and college credit simultaneously for college level courses. Tuition is paid for by the high school district. The student is responsible for transportation, books and fees. Qualified students are admitted Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Please see the LWTech calendar for quarter start dates. Deadline to register is the first date of each quarter.

Steps to Enroll

  • Take the COMPASS placement test. Assessment is generally offered each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the West Building, W207.

  • If qualified, pick up forms from LWTech High School Programs Office, West Building, Room W210.

  • Obtain approval signatures from your high school counselor.

  • Make an appointment with LWTech Running Start Coordinator to register for classes.

  • Must register by the first day of the quarter.

For further information, call (425) 739-8107 or send us an email.