UW Pipeline Project

Ida B. Wells School for Social Justice

About the School:

Ida B. Wells School located on the UW campus, is a small college preparatory school for underrepresented high school juniors and seniors.

Who are the Wells School Students?

Our students are high school juniors and seniors from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Students who study at the Wells School have selected to be involved in a small, diverse, college preparatory learning cohort. These are students who are seeking smaller classes, closer contact with teachers, and the opportunity to challenge themselves intellectually and personally.

A Critical Study Approach

We believe that understanding of self comes from critical understanding of the world, and in turn the self emerges as active and self-directing. Students take on college level learning that is based on principles of democracy, antiracism, and social justice.

As Part of the University of Washington Wells School students study on the campus of the UW. Students are given the freedom and responsibility of university students in preparation for scholarship in a higher education culture.

Ida B. Wells School for Social Justice is a part of Middle College High School:

Our vision:

MCHS will create equity and opportunity for a successful post-secondary education and serve as a model that transforms systems, structures and policies.

Our mission:

We are a community whose mission is to empower resilient and promising learners in self-actualized, critically conscious, engaged leaders through a transformative, liberatory education.

Middle College High School is an alternative high school option to earn credits for a high school diploma and preparation for higher education in a small, caring environment, which includes three unique schools. Each school offers core (i.e. Math, History, Language Arts, and Science) high school academic subjects that meet district requirements to graduate. Middle College High Schools share a common mission to encourage the development of community, personal responsibility and active learning. Students attend daily classes in a small, personal environment where each student receives individual help and instruction from the friendly teaching and support staff. Each Middle College High School site envisions its graduates performing with college level proficiency in writing and mathematics.​