Secondary Transition

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities, provided to the student by the school and sometimes other agencies, to promote successful movement from high school to adult life. The transition process prepares students for adult life by focusing on the areas of post-secondary education, employment, community participation, and independent living skills.

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Transition Activities and Services

Transition Planning Resources

What is Transition?

Transition Planning addresses your students' current interests and abilities and their long term goals for the future. The law requires Transition Planning for all special education students beginning at the age of 14, updated annually. The Individual Education Plan (IEP) will address goals and objectives for a one year period from information gathered in the Transition Plan. The goal of Transition Planning is to prepare students with disabilities for their world after their secondary school experience ends. Transition Planning involves the collaboration of the student, family, school(s), and agencies.

Transition Planning is based on:

  • Student needs to become career and/or college ready
  • Student interests and preferences
  • Valid Transition Assessment Data

Transition Coordinator

The Transition Coordinator provides leadership, coordination, and support to special education staff and community agencies to enhance the transition of students to identified post-secondary opportunities. The Transition Coordinator is trained to collect and analyze data, report out to community partners, and design professional development to increase the performance of schools to meet state standards. 

Career Preparation Specialist

The Career Preparation Specialist provides students with career assessments, employment seeking and retention skills, and exposure to and exploration of potential occupations. Activities include partnerships with area businesses to place students in work experiences throughout the school year and during summer months. In each job setting qualities such as punctuality, work ethic, dedication, and task completion are emphasized.