Secondary Transition

      Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for life after they leave high school, including participation in post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living. These three areas are often referred to as "post-school outcomes" and are the driving force behind the student’s Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). In Pennsylvania, transition planning begins at age 14 and continues until the student graduates from high school (up to the age of 21).  Students will begin to explore what their post-school outcomes goal is through career awareness and career exploration activities. Each year, students will have an opportunity to sit with the Transition Coordinator to explore interest inventories and career assessments to help guide them to reach their goals. Each student is unique, having his / her own strengths and needs; therefore, each transition plan will be specific to that student.

      Transition should be a bridge between high school and the opportunities that lie ahead which include post secondary education / training, employment and independent living. Transition planning involves a variety of people working together to support the student’s goals. The partnership between the student, the family, school-age personnel and, post-school services and program providers, and local community members are a must. Effective transition involves purposeful planning among all these entities. It entails recognizing the student's current strengths, interests, preferences, needs, and then identifying what services and supports he or she will need to achieve his or her goal.

                                                                                                                                              Contact Information

                                                                                                                                              Mrs. Michelle Engle
                                                                                                                                      Washington School District
                                                                                                                                                201 Allison Ave
                                                                                                                                        Washington, PA 15301
                                                                                                                                         Fax 724.223.5046



This newsletter is for studnets who are ages 14 and up and thier parents.  Newsletter will be sent in the Fall, Winter, & Spring each school year.
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