Summer University is a free six-week program from June through August for rising 9th – 12th graders in the Metropolitan Seattle area.  The program is designed to keep high school students engaged and learning during the summer months to prevent summer learning loss. Programming is led by ULMS Education Department staff, certificated teachers, and University of Washington volunteers.


Program Enrollment Information


Enrollment for Summer 2023 has begun! Click the tabs below to find answers to the most frequently asked program questions,  information about student participant guidelines, and how to apply!

Summer University: Freshmen Bridge for Rising 9th Graders

  • Program Begins: July 3, 2023
  • Program Ends: August 11, 2023.

Summer University for grades 10-12

  • Program Begins: June 26, 2023
  • Program Ends: August 4, 2023

Class times for both Summer University cohorts will be held Monday through Friday from 9AM – 2:30PM.

Doors open and breakfast will be available each day beginning at 8:30AM.

Areas of Focus:

  • College & Career Readiness 
  • STEM
  • Youth & Politics
  • Health & Wellness

Program Activities:

  • Freshmen Bridge Program – Transitioning to High School (9th graders only)
  • Shark Tank Business Challenge
  • Friday Field Trips (occur every Friday): University of WA, Renton Water Park, movies, and more!

Additional Program Benefits:

Lunch for student program participants will be provided daily. Participants can also expect to receive a financial stipend at the completion of the program.

Below is how a typical weekday schedule would look like for Summer University between Mondays and Thursdays.

Fridays are spent on full day field trips and will differ from week to week.

  • 8:30AM: Breakfast (optional)
  • 9:00AM: Attendance & Warm Up
  • 9:15AM: Freshmen Bridge (9th graders), Coding (10th & 11th), College & Career Readiness (11th & 12th)
  • 11:15AM: Break
  • 11:30AM: Shark Tank Challenge/ Youth Government
  • 12:30PM: Lunch
  • 1:00PM: Health & Fitness
  • 2:30PM: Closing Announcements & Dismissal 

Freshmen Bridge for Rising 9th Graders (9th grade only):

This aspect of Summer University focuses on preparing incoming 9th graders for the transition from middle to high school. Students will learn about what life is like as a high school student, getting familiar with high school campuses & resources, and more. 

Coding with UW AVELA (10th & 11th grade only)

The University of Washington’s AVELA program aims to expose underrepresented youth to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics industries. During Summer University, the AVELA team will join us to run a coding class in the morning sessions.

College Readiness (11th & 12th grade only):

This aspect of Summer University focuses on helping upperclassmen students prepare for pursuing secondary education opportunities. This includes how to find the right college, personal statement assistance, how to create a portfolio, tips for recommendation letters, and more!

Shark Tank Challenge (Business Competition):

Students will be placed into small groups and tasked with creating a presentation for an original business idea. Each member of the winning group will receive a $50 bonus!

Friday Field Trips (All Day):

Each Friday students will be taken on a day long field trip activity. Previous activities have included going to see new movies, University of Washington HUB Game Room, Family Fun Center, Ice Skating with the Kraken, Swimming at the Tukwila Community Center Pool, and more!

If you have any questions about Summer University or potential program sponsorship, please contact Chris Rossman via

Start a Summer University application below!


Student Guidelines & Expectations

Conduct, BEHAVIOR, & Policies

It is important that each student participant in Summer University has a successful program experience. To ensure the best learning outcomes, experiences, and goals are achieved, students who participate in the program must meet the following participant requirements and adhere to the established Student Code of Conduct policy

Students who are interested in participating in Summer University must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • Be an incoming 9th grader (meaning they are starting 9th grade in the fall semester following the program end) or a current high school sophomore, junior, or senior.
  • Have reliable transportation to and from the program class location on a daily basis (Foster High School).

There are no gender, sexual orientation, or residency restrictions to participate in Summer University. 

Students participating in the Summer University program must adhere to the following Student Code of Conduct:

  • No inappropriate and/or abusive language or conduct
  • Respect personal property
  • While in class do not use cell phones or other personal electronics
  • Respect the instructor, the classroom & other students
  • Follow directions (of instructors, volunteers, guests and other adults)
  • Respect the resources (laptops, notebooks, etc.)
  • Information that is illegal or that advocates illegal acts or facilitates unlawful activity is prohibited
  • No threatening or intimidating any person or suggested violence, hatred or discrimination toward other people
  • No inappropriate religious or political messages
  • No racially, culturally or religiously offensive
  • Do not encourage the use of controlled substances, participation in an illegal act or uses the system to incite criminal actions
  • No defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, pornographic or sexually content

Students must be on time (on-task & prepared to learn).

Program begins at 9:00AM, anything beyond 9:10AM without prior notice is considered an absence.

Students may only miss 3 days of class to be eligible for stipend and completion of program.

Students will receive a financial stipend at the completion of the program. Financial stipends are based on attendance and participation Point System. Each student can earn (7) participation points and (7) attendance points per day. Each point = $1. Summer University staff maintain points for each student throughout the program.

Participation Points

7 points per day = 35 per week


Attendance Points

7 points per day = 35 per week


Total Points



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