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Life After FWPA

Students leaving FWPA after 10th grade have a number of options available to them.   Here are the most frequently chosen options for Life after FWPA. Families and students should view the information provided in the High School and Beyond plans when deciding their next steps.  Review the plan by visiting the OSPI website for state requirements and guidance or learn more about Federal Way specific options.                  

Traditional High School

Students can attend their home school or choice transfer into a high school of their request.  Click on the high school below to find out more about each school.
Federal Way Public Schools High Schools include:


Special Programs in FWPS:

  • Advanced Placement is available at some level at all High Schools
  • Cambridge Program at FWHS
    • FWPS is an extension of the University of Cambridge Preparatory system. Federal Way High School offers Cambridge Pathway coursework. The Cambridge Pathway focuses on an international, pre-university curriculum and examination system that emphasizes the value of a broad and balanced study for scholars. It aims to encourage the skills of independent search and investigation, the use of initiative and creativity, and the application of knowledge and skills.
  • International Baccalaureate Program at TJHS
    • The IB Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The program is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.  Thomas Jefferson High School has been an authorized IB Diploma school continuously since 1999.  Download a copy of the TJHS IB Handbook here.

Running Start

11th & 12th grade students can participate in Running Start through their HOME high school to earn both high school and college credits. They generally attend Highline or Green River Community College. They can enroll part or full time as a Running Start student. This process is done in partnership with their high school counselor.  See details for each individual high school at the links below:

Puget Sound Skills Center

  • Puget Sound Skills Center  (PSSC) serves high school juniors and seniors interested in specialized career and technical learning. PSSC offers 17 programs, from aerospace manufacturing to animation to fashion design to certified nursing assistant and much more.  Students earn high school and college credits in a hands-on, workplace-oriented environment. PSSC students graduate with certifications and job-ready skills—and a jumpstart on further college and career training.  Students spend half of their school day in their HOME high schools, and half the day at PSSC. Transportation is provided to and from PSSC and the student's home high school.
  • In addition to daily morning and afternoon sessions, they offer an after-school session for students interested in exploring career and technical programs after their regular school day.

The University of Washington Early Entrance Programs

The UW Academy, created in 2001 in partnership with the University of Washington Honors Program, is an early university admission opportunity for 10th grade students in Washington State. Every year, a small cohort of up to thirty-five academically advanced and highly motivated students are admitted to the UW Academy.  Students apply to the program during their 10th grade year, and if accepted, withdraw from high school at the end of 10th grade to enroll as freshmen at the University of Washington.  At the Robinson Center, UW Academy students find a community of like-minded peers and an experienced staff who can help them to make the most of their time at the UW.  The application process opened November 15. The application is due March 7th, 2022 at 5pm.