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.

    VIDEO: Pathways to Graduation for Special Education Students in SPPS



    Resources to support Middle School families planning for life after high school: 


    Focus Beyond Transition Services Transition Planning Guide Postsecondary and College Readiness: Is My Student College Bound?

    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:

    • Academics 
    • Self-Advocacy
    • 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?


    The Arc Minnesota GetSet! For Transition Checklist

    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.


    Postsecondary Resource Guide-  Successfully Preparing Students with Disabilities for the Postsecondary Environment

    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 


    Minnesota Independence College and Community (MICC) 

    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: 
      • Hospitality 
      • Culinary
      • Health Care 
      • Retail


    PACER Center

    PACER Center Transitions website

    PACER’s Middle & High School Transition Planning

    PACER Center Self advocacy

    PACER Center Webinars

    PACER COVID-19 Resources


    Think College!  

    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.


Middle school students
  • 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. 


    • Flyer
    • Google Meet joining info.

    Video call link:

    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 443-626-4350      PIN: ‪556 362 834#



    • Flyer
    • Google Meet joining info.

    Video call link:

    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 609-800-2331    PIN: ‪194 976 259#