Lake Washington Technical Academy

Lake Washington Technical Academy offers students the opportunity to become full-time college students their first quarter. They can gain credits through college and high school level classes. Both technical programs and general education classes are available for dual credit. Acquiring an associate degree automatically awards a high school diploma, or you can just get a HS diploma.  

Students will enter the college environment to meet both their degree and high school diploma requirements at the same time.    

As a high school student in college, students are on LWTech’s academic calendar. Students choose their program, classes, and schedule; asynchronous options are available for many classes as well.  


  • You attend college for FREE; saving yourself comparable yearly tuition:

    • $12,000 at University of Washington 
    • $50,000 at Seattle University 
  • Low student to advisor ratio 
  • Low student to faculty ratio 
  • Jump directly into college classes and an adult learning environment  
  • Access to scholarships, tutoring programs, and other resources 

Throughout their time in the program, students have access to specific resources: 

  • Personalized and dedicated advising
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Loan library of required books, tools, and technology
  • At least 3 tutoring resources:
    • TRIO 
      • Provides academic and support services to students who are low-income, first generation, or students with disabilities. 
    • Learning Lab 
      • Drop-in tutoring from certified tutors, staff, and faculty. 
    • Supplemental Instruction
      • Class-specific tutoring from college professors.
    • Office Hours 
      • All professors offer hours outside of class for one-on-one time with students. 


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Students must meet certain eligibility requirements. 

  • Students must be at least 16 years old  by September 1st of the school year.
  • Student must not older than 21 by September 1st of the school year.
  • Eligbility ends when you earn a HS diploma or Asscoiate Degree, or when you no longer meet the age requirements.
  • Must be part of Class of 2025 or earlier year.
  • What if I’m not eligible? Check out High School + (HS+)

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. 


  • HOP is an information session that lets you know more about our school and the programs we have available for high school students. 
  • Attending a HOP session is a required first step for enrollment in our high school. HOP sessions are limited and you must register ahead of time online.
  • It is best to have a parent or guardian in attendance at the HOP. If you are accepted into the program, a parent or guardian must be present in the registration appointment with you, even if you are 18 years old. 
Step 2

Submit Application via Skyward

  • After attending the HOP, you will receive the the link to create an account to access the application. You'll need to submit the New Student Online Enrollment (NSOE) application via Skyward in order to move forward with enrollment.
  • If you’re looking for those forms or need help with them; look for the email we sent you from, email, or call front desk 425.739.8107.
Step 3

Take Assessment Tests

  • After we processed your NSOE application, you will need to schedule and take an English and Math assessment.
  • We will give you information on resources to prepare for the assessment.
Step 4


  • Students are recommended to the appropriate program based on a review. This review includes an evaluation of transcripts, placement scores, review of applicant questionnaire, and student history.
  • Based on the evaluation, students may be referred to direct entry into the Academy, Open Doors, GED®, or other programs within the community. This determination is based on our professional judgment to find the right program to improve a student's likelihood of success.
Step 5

Meet a HS Advisor and Get Registered

  • After the review and when all required documents are received, we will reach out to schedule a 1-hour registration appointment.
  • The student, a parent/guardian, and LWTA Advisor will meet and finalize enrollment.
Step 6

Come to Class!

Don't forget this very important step!


High School Options (HOP) is an information session that lets you know more about school and the programs we have available for high school students at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Coming to a HOP session is a required first step for enrollment in LWTech's high school. 

HOP sessions are limited in space and you must register ahead of time.


Virtual via Microsoft Teams. Information will be provided after RSVP.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What 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.

  • What is the schedule?
    Based on the availability of college classes per quarter.

  • What is the learning format?
    Our school provides multiple formats for learning including: hybrid, hyflex, online, in-person. 

    • Traditional: Classes 100% in person; homework may be online
    • Hybrid: Class meets in person, but less frequently; key materials and/or lectures online
    • Hyflex: Class sessions meet simultaneously online and in person; students may choose whether to join class virtually or in person
    • Synchronous: class meets simultaneously online for lectures and activities, as with traditional or Hyflex classes
    • Asynchronous: students set their own schedules for viewing lectures and activities online; courses may be either self-paced or with deadlines 
  • 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