Started in 1977 and officially founded in 1980, Transition School provides a small cohort of high school aged students an opportunity to pursue an accelerated academic path.

Transition School is a one year, college preparatory experience that provides a pathway to the Early Entrance Program at the University of Washington by rigorously developing academic knowledge and personal skills necessary to be successful in college. In a supportive community, students collaborate to meet the challenges of academic and personal growth.

Students apply during their 8th grade year and participate in Transition School in what would otherwise be their 9th grade year.

Following the successful completion of Transition School, students become full-time freshmen at the UW, gaining access to the University's expansive academic and student-life opportunities. Robinson Center students typically remain at the University of Washington for the duration of their undergraduate studies.


"Transition School has created such a loving and welcoming classroom that supports every learner. There are countless resources here that you can't find anywhere else, all here to help you succeed; I truly feel part of a family that will always be here as I step into UW."

-Lizzy, TS Student