Summer Challenge: 5-6th Grade

Summer 2019

Summer Challenge July 8 – 26, 2019.

Registration for Summer Challenge 2019 will begin February 11, at 8:00AM. 

What is Summer Challenge?

Summer Challenge is an academically advanced summer camp for children who will have completed the 5th or 6th grade. Its goal is to provide motivated students with an intensive, hands-on, fun, and educational experience in areas outside of the traditional school curriculum.

The program runs in July for three weeks, five days a week from 9:00AM – 2:20PM, on the University of Washington Seattle campus. There is also before-class and after-class care available for an additional charge. Because classes fill quickly, students may select up to three class preferences during registration. However, students are only accepted into one class. Classes are small and instructors are all specialists in their field. While there are no grades, weekly progress reports are provided. There will be some homework because of the breadth and depth of material covered.

How to Apply

Registration for Summer Challenge 2019 will begin at 8:00AM February 11th and end at 5:00PM June 3rd. Students currently must be 5th or 6th graders. Applicants need to complete the on-line application and submit appropriate documentation regarding qualifications for admission to the program.

Summer Challenge applicants qualify by submitting documentation for ONE of the following:

  • Enrollment in an identified gifted/highly capable program that specifically serves highly capable students. Acceptable documentation is a letter of placement or report card in a gifted program or school.
  • Qualification to participate in a nationally-recognized talent search (Johns Hopkins CTY, Davidson Institute, etc.)
  • Smarter Balanced (SBAC) scores or other standardized test (ITBS, SSAT, SCAT, CoGAT, ERB) scores in the 90th percentile or above in at least one subject area. For reference, the SBAC percentiles for 2018 were as follows:
    • 4th Grade test:  ELA 2597, OR Math 2598
    • 5th Grade test:  ELA 2637, OR Math 2637
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to the student’s ability to succeed in the program. Applicants will be prompted to provide a name and e-mail address during registration. The teacher recommendation form is automatically e-mailed to the instructor.
  • Previous enrollment in our Summer Challenge or Saturday Enrichment Program

Documentation must be uploaded to your account. It can be in the form of a screenshot, photo, PDF, jpeg, etc.

Applications are accepted on a rolling, first-come first-served basis. Complete applications are processed first. Wait lists are created for classes that fill.  Classes that are under-enrolled may be cancelled.

Cost and Financial Aid

Tuition for 2019 is $1,100 with a non-refundable $50 registration fee. Some classes have an additional materials & excursions fee of $75-$100.

Robinson Center Summer Programs Refund Policy: You may withdraw by written (letter or email) request only. The last day to withdraw and receive a full refund is May 10th. If you withdraw no later than May 10th, you will receive a 100% tuition refund minus the $50 non-refundable registration fee. Tuition cannot be refunded after the deadline. A full refund will be made if the class is canceled by the Robinson Center.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for qualified students. Financial aid documentation must be submitted by April 30th for priority consideration. Providing this information will not disadvantage you.

Documentation accepted as evidence of need includes copies of 2017 or 2018 1040-tax forms OR 2018-19 documentation of eligibility for free/reduced lunch. The document/s must be submitted through the ‘Make a Payment’ page of your Robinson Center account. If supporting paperwork is not submitted, or if there is a significant discrepancy between the information submitted online and the confirmatory documents, the tuition and fee waiver may be rescinded and/or the student may be removed from the class.

Information supplied to the Robinson Center is intended for internal use only. It is understood that this information will be used only in computing the amount of financial assistance for which the student may qualify, and that it will not be released to any other party.

Please find more information on the federal income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced lunch here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kim Lee at


The following is a non-inclusive list of organizations that grant scholarships to students wishing to attend summer programs.

The Assistance League of Seattle provides scholarships for summer enrichment programs available to Seattle Public School children, grades 6th to 11th.

The Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted awards scholarships to students who plan to attend a summer program at a college or at a similarly challenging summer camp.

Program Schedule

Summer Challenge classes run 9:00 AM – 2:20PM Monday-Friday. All students must arrive to assigned classrooms by 9:00AM, where attendance will be taken by the teaching team. Families must report a student’s absence to the teacher prior to 8:30AM. There are before-class and after-class programs available for an additional fee.

*For Summer 2019 class descriptions, please see the curriculum tab in the left navigation bar or the Classes Offered tab above.

Before-Class and After-Class Care

For Summer Challenge students, we offer before-class care from 8:15AM – 9:00AM and an after-class program from 2:20PM – 4:30PM. We supervise all students and provide fun activities to keep them engaged. Families can apply for either or both programs at the time they register for classes. The fee is $50 for the before-class option and $150 for after-class care for the session.

Information for the First Day

For reference, here is the information for the first day of Summer Challenge 2018. Information for the first day of the 2019 session will be emailed in the second half of June.

2018 Robinson Center Summer Challenge Welcome Letter

RC Summer Programs Family Handbook

UW Building Locations and Campus Map

Welcome to After-Class Care

Appeal Process

If a student was not accepted into the program and would like to appeal that decision, they have a week 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.


If you have any questions, feel free to email us at or call the Robinson Center at 206-543-4160 

Jana Lamon
Director of Enrichment Programs and Outreach


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Summer News

We are getting ready for Summer 2019. Most course descriptions are now available online. Registration for Summer Stretch (current 7th – 10th graders) will begin on February 4th, at 8:00 AM. Registration for Summer Challenge (current 5th and 6th graders) will open on February 11th, at 8:00 AM. We hope you will join us!