Transition Year was introduced in Coláiste Rís in 2004. It is a unique one year programme for students who have completed the Junior Certificate. It provides a bridge to enable them to make the transition from the more dependent type learning associated with the Junior Certificate to the more independent learning of Senior Cycle. It encourages personal and social development and recognises the need for students to grow in independence. Transition Year fosters academic achievement as students prepare for a Leaving Cert programme, further study and adult working life. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.