Preparing for the High School Transition for Students with IEPs
This webpage has resources to support middle school students and their families in understanding the different pathways to graduation and how middle school course selection impacts high school and postsecondary planning.
Students in grades 5-8th and their Parents will learn:
- common misperceptions in regards to paths to graduation.
- information about the transition from middle school to high school for students with IEPs.
- information about graduation requirements and the different pathways to graduation for students with disabilities.
- about educational options available after high school.
Resources to support Middle School families planning for life after high school:
When planning for the future, many IEP teams have questions about a student’s readiness or ability to access college. Use these questions to guide the conversation and planning process for determining whether or not your student will be able to be successful in college.
Families can also use these questions to understand where their student may need more support.
The areas covered are:
- Organization/Self-Management & Social Skills
Use the questions as a check list. What is the student able to do now? What can they work on with support at home? At school?
Some questions are:
Does the student complete and turn in school work on time?
Can the student name and describe their disability and its impact on learning?
Does the student ask for help when needed?
Does the student follow their schedule independently?
Does the student apply self-regulation strategies under stress?
Transition is the time between ninth grade and graduation from high school or a transition
program for students with disabilities. Students, families and schools look
at what the student will need, in addition to academics, to live and work as independently as
possible when they transition from school to adult life.
- An outline of what you and your student ages 14-21 should consider during transition.
- The checklist includes:
- General considerations,
- Employment, Training and Learning,
- Recreation, Leisure and Community Participation,
- Home and Independent Living.
Some highlights of the guide:
- Planning for College while still in High School starting Freshman Year (9th grade)
- Self Advocacy
- Family Roles in Postsecondary Planning
- Differences Between High School and College
Three year college program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders.
- Students live on campus learning independent living and employment skills.
- Students graduate with a certificate from Century College in one of 4 areas:
- Health Care
PACER Center Transitions website https://www.pacer.org/transition/
PACER’s Middle & High School Transition Planning https://www.pacer.org/transition/learning-center/planning/
PACER Center Self advocacy https://www.pacer.org/transition/learning-center/health/building-self-advocacy.asp
PACER Center Webinars https://www.pacer.org/livestream/archive.asp
PACER COVID-19 Resources https://pacer.org/special/covid-19.asp
Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability.
With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.
Upcoming language specific Family Nights
*Middle school students with IEPs and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Tues, May 18, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
- Google Meet joining info.
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/fxi-kfej-hrd
Or dial: (US) +1 443-626-4350 PIN: 556 362 834#
- Google Meet joining info.
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/nea-wkrj-xkr
Or dial: (US) +1 609-800-2331 PIN: 194 976 259#