High School Transition Plan

In the special education world, the term transition applies to students who are preparing to leave high school and enter a post-secondary system, with the goal of successful and meaningful functioning in adult life. The earlier you, your young person, and the professionals working with the young person begin working on a transition plan, the smoother the transition.

Schools should:

  • Have a transition coordinator
  • Actively involve the student
  • Conduct vocational assessments with parents and students
  • Expose students to possible colleges, career options, and vocational training programs
  • Provide exit summary upon graduation

Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings should:

  • Involve the student once s/he is between the ages of 12-14 (though they can be involved earlier)
  • Discuss the student’s education, employment, and independent living goals
  • Discuss which diploma/credential option the student is working towards
  • Discuss vocational assessment results
  • Create specific goals on the IEP related to the transition plan
  • Update the transition plan every year and involve all providers, family, and the student

What you can do at home:

  • Help your child develop self-help skills such as:
    • Cooking
    • Cleaning
    • Self-care
    • Traveling
    • Money management (bank account)
  • Encourage self-exploration and decision making:
    • Explore your child’s career and job interests
    • Encourage summer volunteer and work opportunities
  • Collect student records, transcripts, data reports, and any other relevant documents from the school
Learning and School, Special education, Transition and college
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