High School Programs


At Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), the 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. 

Technical Academy

Lake Washington Technical Academy offers eligible high school junior and senior students, ages 16 to 21, 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 Open Doors.

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Open Doors

The Open Doors program is for 16 to 21 year olds who have either dropped out of high school or on the verge of dropping out and are interested in returning to school and completing their high school diploma. Students simultaneously accumulate high school and college credits, earning their high school diploma while progressing toward a certificate or associate degree.

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Running Start

The Running Start program is one of many dual enrollment options available at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Students classified as high school juniors and seniors may apply. Eligible 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. 

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Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WANIC)

WANIC is the Northeast King County Skill Center and provides advanced-level Career and Technical Education programs based on rigorous academic and industry standards, preparing high school students for post-secondary education and successful entry into high-skill, high-demand careers and employment. Serving students in Bellevue, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Northshore, Riverview & Snoqualmie Valley School Districts. 

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Pacific NW College Credit (Formerly Tech Prep)

Pacific NW College Credit (Formerly Tech Prep) enables students to earn college credit in high school courses that are formally aligned/articulated with college courses. Teachers from high schools and colleges work together to ensure the high school classes match the course competencies of the college-level course. Most of the Pacific NW College Credit high school classes are articulated as part of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and they connect with a professional/technical certificate or degree at the college. By participating in the program, students can begin to focus on building real-world skills and career knowledge that connects to high-demand, high-level professions, from marketing to health care to information technology.

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Adult High School Completion

Lake Washington Institute of Technology provides a number of educational pathways to help adults reach their goals. LWTech offers a wide variety of degree and certificates to prepare students for today's careers and tomorrow's opportunities, and also has many options for earning a high school diploma or equivalent.

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