Summer Programs

Learning at UPrep is alive and active during the summer! Within our caring and inclusive environment, our Summer Programs provide the perfect platform for students in our community to engage intellectually, while at the same time enjoying the freedom to connect with other students and build new relationships. Our Summer Programs include the Academic Bridge, Enrichment Program, Outdoor Education Program, Puma Girls Basketball Camp, and the Puma Leadership Conference.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Johnson, Summer Programs Coordinator, at or 206.832.1186.

Financial aid is available for all Summer Programs. Please contact Michele Hayes in the Financial Aid office at or 206.832.1118 for information.

We look forward to a vibrant summer learning experience with you!

Academic Bridge

Date: July 31 - August 11
Monday - Friday; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $550
For: Rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade students

Program Description
University Prep’s Academic Bridge is a two-week program specially designed for rising seventh, eighth and ninth grade students to lay the foundation for a successful academic year. Students in the summer program develop the academic and study skills they need in math and reading and writing as they transition to the next grade. Additionally, students benefit from building relationships and collaborating with teachers and other students in our inclusive learning community.

Middle School Academic Bridge meets daily for three hours to reinforce and strengthen basic skills in math and reading and writing to help students gear up for the next school year. In reading and writing, the students concentrate on the structure, format and organization of a well-written paragraph. In math, they do project work and review algebraic, and some geometric, concepts. Lastly, the science course focuses on the science behind food through exploratory learning in labs and field trips.

Upper School Academic Bridge meets daily for three hours providing students with a preview of life in the Upper School so that they hit the ground running when school starts in the fall. Over a two-week period, our teachers prepare students for the new academic expectations and study skills needed for success as they transition into the Upper School. In reading and writing, students review the structure of paragraphs and basic analytical strategies, while in math they review essential algebraic knowledge, preview geometry concepts, and experience some of the assessment and teaching tools commonly used at UPrep.

Register here.

Enrichment Program

The Enrichment Program gives both our students and faculty an opportunity to have fun and learn together as they explore content traditionally not offered during the school year. Students can choose courses offered by faculty members who are passionate about these subjects. The EP learning environment brings together students and teachers to partner as they collaborate, create, and explore.


Date: August 7 - 25, Final exam on August 29
Tuesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For: Students who have successfully completed Geometry B

This fast-paced summer course studies a semester’s worth of material in three weeks. This course has a heavy emphasis on trigonometry. Students explore concepts and applications from a circular function approach and then proceed to graphing trigonometric functions, using identities to transform expressions and trigonometric functions as mathematical models. Other topics may include the study of vectors, matrices, and conic sections. A TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator is required. Prerequisites: successful completion of Geometry B. If you have questions, contact Tammi Howe at

Summer Jazz Combo Workshop

Date: July - August (TBD)
8 weekly sessions, 90 minutes each
$300 for the 8-week sessions or $45 drop-in fee
For: Middle and Upper School jazz lovers of all levels

Each week we will meet for 90 minutes to learn new tunes, talk about improvisation techniques, and delve deeper into what it takes to play jazz music in a small-group setting. The workshop is performance-based and an emphasis will be placed on playing as much as possible, while still finding some time to talk music theory and the why behind what we do as improvisers. There will be a final performance at a local jazz club. Professional jazz musicians from around the area will give students instrument-specific help and coaching.

All levels of Middle and Upper School jazz lovers are welcome to attend, from beginners to intermediate and beyond. Priority is given to those who sign up for the 8-week series, but drop-in students will be accommodated as much as possible. Questions? Contact Jason Parker at

Register here

Outdoor Education Program

The Outdoor Education Program offers wilderness-backpacking experiences for students in grades 8 through 12. The mission of the program is to provide sustainable, environmentally conscious, local outdoor experiences that give students further opportunities to become socially and environmentally responsible citizens of the world. The program practices Leave No Trace ethics in all of its sponsored activities whether at school or in the wilderness. The dedication to Leave No Trace ethics and sustainability extends to all facets of the program; we keep the program footprint as small as possible in the urban environment as well as the wilderness. The summer wilderness backpacking trips are intended for both beginner and experienced hikers.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Date: July 16-19
For: Rising grades 8-12
(Note: This trip is now FULL)

Senior Backpacking (Route TBD)

Date: Leg one, August 11-15. Leg two, August 14-18.
For: Class of 2018 rising seniors only

A typical day on the trail: Wake up at 7:30 or 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and pack up for the day’s walk. On the trail around 9:30 a.m. A long day will be 8-9 miles. An average day is around 5-6 miles. Summer trips all include trails that cross ridges: participants can expect to walk climbs that gain 1,000 to 1,500 vertical feet. Lunch is at noon. On most days, the group finishes the walk by 2:00 p.m. so there is time for swimming or exploring. Dinner is around 5:00 p.m.

Gear: Trip leaders will send a personal gear list to each participant. The program equips each trip with stoves, fuel, pots, kitchen gear, tents, tarps, and three meals per day for the group.

Goals: To teach participants Leave No Trace practices, to teach the basic skills needed to manage food, gear, and self in the wilderness, to teach the group skills that are needed in the wilderness, and to give participants an appreciation of the wilderness and the unequaled access we have to it in Washington State.

Questions? Contact Alec Duxbury at

Puma Girls Basketball Camp

Date: June 19 - 21
4:00-6:30 p.m.
$75.00 (includes skill development, games, and camp shirt)

The camp is designed for Middle and Upper School players of all ability levels. It will be run by the high school coaching staff with help from returning varsity players depending on the number of attendees. We will have skills/drills, shooting practice, and games each day. It is a great opportunity to work on your game, be with friends, and get some exercise.

For questions email or call Kyle Lawhead at or 206. 525.2714, ext. 140.

Register here.

Puma Boys Basketball Camp

Date: June 19 – 21
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 (Includes camp swag)

The camp is designed for Middle and Upper School players of all ability levels and run by the UPrep Boys Basketball staff and players. Campers will be divided into groups according to their age, size and ability. Participants will be taught fundamental basketball skills individually, in addition to 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 team situations. Players who participate in competitions throughout the camp will receive t-shirts for various categories. Surprise guests to be determined!

If you have questions, please contact AJ Brooks at or 206.832.1215.

Register here.

Puma Leadership Conference

Date: Monday, June 19
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cost: No Cost
For: All rising sophomores, juniors and seniors

Do you want to learn how to be a stronger leader in our community?
Do you want to better understand your leadership style?
Do you want to learn the "ins and outs" of effective leadership?

If so, please join us! The conference is free, lunch is provided, and you will receive a Puma Leadership gift if you register by Friday, June 10. If you attended last year's conference, please remember that we are planning to add different leadership workshops and tracks. Business professional attire is required.

We look forward to working with you and building your leadership skills! If you have questions, please contact Kelly Herrington at or Rebecca Moe at