Transition School

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What is Transition School?

Transition School (TS) is a one-year college preparatory program for students intending to enter the Early Entrance Program at the University of Washington (EEP). Students intending to enter the Early Entrance Program must successfully complete Transition School before they are admitted into the University of Washington as undergraduates via the Early Entrance Program.

This is not a dual enrollment program; students leave the K-12 school system to enter Transition School. Generally, students enter the program after having completed the 8th grade. Once admitted, Transition School students take courses in English, History, Biology and Precalculus that are fast-paced, in-depth and accelerated. Students also participate in service-learning during Spring Quarter, and take a University course during Spring as well. Transition School is held on the University of Washington campus.

The Transition School accepts 18 students into the program each year. Students attend classes at the Robinson Center on the University of Washington campus, starting at 8:30AM and ending usually by 1:30 in the afternoon. They also individually attend a weekly tutorial in which they work on study skills and talk one-on-one with a faculty member.

In their coursework, students acquire the habits-of-mind and the study skills that will be essential to success at the University. They learn to be responsible for their own learning and how to ask for help. We emphasize values of collaboration, non-competition, and community. Students are welcome at the Robinson Center throughout the day, and encouraged to socialize with each other. Our older students, currently UW undergraduates, serve as teaching assistants in the TS classroom, and also mentor the Transition School students via a TS/EEP mentoring organization.

For more information about Transition School, see the TS Handbook 2018-2019. Details within handbook are subject to change for the 2019-2020 year. We appreciate your interest!


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How to Apply

The online application process typically becomes available in November. Applicants must complete our online application form. In addition, we require grade reports from the previous and current academic year, recent ACT scores, and two teacher recommendations (one from Math/Science, the other from Language Arts/Social Studies) completed via an online form. Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis.

Once all the application materials are complete, they are reviewed by our Admissions Reading Committee. This committee determines whether the application will move on to the next stage of the admissions process: an all-day visit to the Transition School and an in-person interview with the applicant and parents.

Decisions are made in June (standard admission), or March, if applicant requires Early Decision.


Applicants must have completed the 8th grade at the time of admission. Candidates for Transition School should be younger than 15 at the time they begin their academic year in Transition School. If a student’s 15th birthday comes before September 1, 2019, they may still apply for the 2019-20 school year, but their application will only be considered after all qualified students have been selected. Applicants must also be eligible for admission into the University of Washington, and thus have either a U.S. citizenship or the appropriate Visa that is considered acceptable by UW Admissions.

Not a U.S. citizen? Read more about our International Student Policy.


Applicants need to take the ACT as part of their application to Transition School. The National ACT is offered on October 27, December 8 and February 9; please note that you must register six weeks in advance of the test. Register either via mail or the ACT website ( When asked for a school code for the Transition School, enter either 481174 (if asked for a 6-digit code) or 9899 (if asked for a 4-digit code).

If you are not able to arrange for the ACT in a timely way or if the national test dates are not possible for you, you may schedule an I-ACT test here on the University of Washington campus. The I-ACT, or Residual ACT, is only for students who are unable to schedule a National ACT exam. The I-ACT can only be used for the Transition School application, and no other application to college. Call the University of Washington Testing Office at 206-543-1171 to schedule a test date, or email: Be sure to identify yourself as a Transition School applicant. Tests are given at the testing center on campus (1410 NE Campus Parkway, 440 Schmitz Hall).

This test helps us assess readiness for college-level work. We do not expect our applicants to prep extensively for the ACT; at most, read through the practice test and familiarize yourself with the format of the test. If the Transition School is the right educational fit for you, you should be able to take the exam without much preparation.

While not absolutely required, ACT Reading and Math scores in the 85th percentile or higher show potential readiness for college-level work.

Application Deadlines

  • January 15, 2019: Deadline for Early Decision application (including ACT scores and completion of teacher recommendation forms). Early Decision is for applicants for who require a decision before June for time-sensitive reasons such as nonrefundable deposits made to other schools. Early Decision offers are made by March 22, 2019. Students not accepted as Early Decision will be reconsidered with the general applicant pool.
  • March 22, 2019: Deadline for application (including ACT scores and completion of teacher recommendation forms). Decisions will be made by June 12, 2019. Financial Aid will be assessed after acceptance decisions.



Cost and Financial Aid

Tuition for Transition School will be $20,000 for the academic year 2019-2020. In addition, families must pay tuition for the UW course the student takes in spring quarter.

For families needing assistance, financial aid is available. Once accepted into the program, families interested in financial aid need to submit a completed FAFSA to the University of Washington, and provide the Robinson Center with a copy of this document. If a student is eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch, submission of confirming documentation can also be considered as evidence of need.

Appeal Process

If a student has not been accepted into the program and would like to appeal that decision, they have two weeks to submit an appeal.  If you wish to appeal, please log into your account, where there is a link to an appeal form.  Once the appeal has been completed and submitted, and the required documents uploaded to your account, the Admissions team will reconsider your application and, if necessary, forward the appeal to the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, which has final word on all appeals.

Academic Counseling

The Robinson Center provides a full-time academic adviser for all Transition School, Early Entrance and UW Academy students. This adviser works with the Transition School students throughout their time at the Robinson Center.

In Winter Quarter, our adviser teaches a weekly “U Ready” course for the Transition School students, which includes topics such as college registration, communication with faculty, campus resources, health and wellness, and other topics. The adviser also meets with each student individually during Winter and Spring Quarters to provide more information and guidance as they make decisions related to college registration, majors, University requirements and procedures, and academic opportunities such as travel abroad and research.


  • Alex Goodell, Ph.D., Principal of Transition School
(206) 616-6329


  • Robinson Center Main Desk

(206) 543-4160


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