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    Advanced Placement (AP) courses:

    Students in AP courses may earn college credit and/or advanced placement in college if they perform well on AP exams given in May and if their college of choice accepts the AP exam for credit. College credit is not guaranteed but rather is determined by each individual college upon the student’s enrollment in that college. AP courses at Lincoln High School prepare students for these exams and offer a rigorous subject study available. Please note: AP offerings may vary from year to year depending on student interest and staffing. Prerequisites for AP courses are outlined in the course descriptions in this catalog. There is a fee for students taking the AP exams. Students should see the Lincoln High School Testing Coordinator if they need fee assistance.

    College in the High School (CIHS): College and University partnership courses:

    The College in the High School program allows Lincoln High School students the opportunity to earn College/University credit for courses taken at Lincoln High School. Lincoln High School teachers use college curriculum, activities, texts, tests, and grading scales. For a reduced tuition fee, students who meet the grading criteria may purchase college credit. **Please note: As of this publication date, the Washington state legislature has determined that only 10th-12th grade students may purchase CIHS credit. This rule might change in the future to allow younger students to purchase credit, but this is currently not the case. Ninth grade students may be qualified to take CIHS courses, but they must be aware that, unless the rule is changed, they will not be allowed to purchase credit for these courses. For more information, see individual course descriptions in this catalog.

    Running Start:

    This program for 11th and 12th graders allows students to take classes at the community college and earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Tuition is free for a maximum of 15 credits per quarter in college-level courses numbered 100 or higher. However, the number of college credits each student may take free of tuition costs is limited by the number of classes the student is concurrently taking at the high school. Students are responsible for tuition for pre-college courses (numbering below 100) and any credits that exceed their allowable limit. Students are responsible for the cost of books and transportation. Priority application deadline for fall term is May 1. For winter and spring term deadlines, please see the Counseling Center as these deadlines vary between colleges. Students who are interested in the Running Start program should visit the community college websites and make an appointment with their Lincoln High School counselor for more information. Please see the Counseling Center tab on the Lincoln High School website for steps to getting started in Running Start.

    Off Campus SPS Vocational Programs

    Seattle Public Schools Skills Center

    SPS Skills Center is a secondary public education option that delivers advanced, free Career and Technical Education to high school students who are at least 16 years old. Students attend classes every day off-site as part of their regular school day. Ultimately, completion of Skills Center programs will earn industry certifications. If the Skills Center program is not located at the student’s home school, the student will travel to the school where the program is offered. Check out the Skills Center website, for more information and to apply. Students should consult their counselor to see if the Skills Center is a good fit for them.