The Language Intensive Program (LIP) is designed to provide linguistic, academic, and cultural knowledge, and wrap-around support to English language learners ages 16-21 who do not have a high school diploma. It is a part of Open Doors, offering options for high school reengagement. Students in the program have the option to earn an associate degree, college certificate, and/or high school diploma while enrolled.
Students begin with targeted language classes which are both contextual and navigational. These courses are offered in six levels, and they can be used to earn HS credit. They incorporate language skills, studentship skills, and college and career readiness. Students can start at any level, and they may repeat each level up to 3 times. They must take a minimum of one quarter of this course, but the length of time they spend in the program will be determined by their level upon entry, as well as their dedication to their coursework.
In addition to in class support, students may utilize other wrap-around services such as dedicated academic advisors, tutoring, library services, career services, navigational support, and access to community resources through our relationship with Youth Eastside Services and other organizations.
Once ready for college, students can pursue college certificates or an associate degree in a number of fields (like to academic programs). The courses are dual credit and can be used for both high school and college credit. If they complete all of the requirements of the degree, they will also be granted a high school diploma. For those that opt to take no college courses (or only a few), they will have their transcript evaluated, then be supported either in completing missing credits or transitioning to other programs such as HS+.
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Throughout their time in the program, students have access to specific resources:
Elaine Wright (she/her), is an English and Spanish speaking educator with varied experience
in Washington and abroad. After earning her M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers
of Other Languages from Seattle University, Elaine spent six years teaching English
and academic skills to university students in Kumamoto, Japan. After returning to
the US, she has taught courses in English Language Learning, Adult Basic Education,
I-BEST, and the English department. She also has worked as an I-BEST Coordinator,
supporting language learners with academic planning and navigation as they transition
to college-level courses. Thanks to this experience, Elaine understands the programs,
systems, and resources available at LWTech. It is her philosophy to help students
understand their options so that they can choose whatever will best help them reach
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Students must meet certain eligibility requirements.
Lake Washington Technical Academy accepts students for Fall, Winter, or Spring quarter.
All interested students must first attend a High School Options (HOP) information session.
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