The Transition Year Programme is a broad one, intended to develop as many talents as possible in both academic subjects and practical activities. It attempts to combine academic and experiential learning without the pressures of a state exam.
It also allows students to review their Junior Certificate results, and think about possible careers for an extra year before choosing their Leaving Certificate optional subjects.
Transition Year students go on a considerable number of outings, so as to learn by doing as well as by academic study. In addition, several courses are provided which are not within the normal school curriculum to introduce students to as many skills as possible. To cover these activities, a fee of €400 (as of 2013/14; subject to change in future years) is charged.
There is no set syllabus for Transition Year, so the subjects and courses can vary depending on teacher availability and choice.
Parents of Third Year students are invited to a Leaving Certificate Options Night around February each year to help them understand the options that exist after Junior Certificate. The students of Transition Year put on an Open Night each year to demonstrate what they are studying and learning in the Transition Year Programme. This usually takes place in early May.
Transition Year is optional in Ardscoil Ris and if oversubscribed the school reserves the right to decide on which students are offered places.