Preparing for Life after High School

  • Planning for your child to transition out of high school can be a difficult process, but we are here to help you! In each of the dropdown menus on this page, you will find a collection of resources for parents, students, and educators wanting to know more about transition planning, services, and supports in our community for individuals with disabilities. 

    Understanding the Transition Planning Process

    The term “transition” is used to explain the process of successful transitions of students with disabilities from school to post-secondary environments, which should be a primary focus of educators who work with these students. The purpose of transition planning is to assist students with disabilities to build the skills and support they need to successfully reach post-secondary goals. Transition is important in order to prepare students for change and ensure that appropriate steps are being taken to help students become more self-determined.

    Although there are multiple components, the basis of transition planning includes:

    • a results-oriented process which focuses on education and training needed to help students reach their long-term goals
    • facilitating the movement from school to post-secondary activities.
    • basing the plan on the student’s needs, taking into account preferences, interests, strengths, and skills.

    In order to assist the student and family in successful transitions, a transition plan is written into the student's Individual Education Plan – beginning not later than when the child begins ninth grade or turns 16 (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Team) and updated annually thereafter. Transition plans require support from multiple sources so the child and his or her family can make choices, develop connections, and access services. The Transition plan in the IEP must include:

    • appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments of the skills and interests related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills.
    • The transition services (including courses of study) assist the child in reaching their postsecondary goals. A course of study should focus on instructional and educational classes as well as experiences that will assist the child in preparing for transition from secondary education to postsecondary life. The course of study and activities should be meaningful to the child's future and should motivate the child to reach successful post-school outcomes.


  • Transition planning checklist for families of students working toward an alternate diploma

  • Transition Plan Tips and Guidance

  • Athens-area community resources and service providers

  • Upcoming Transition Events

  • CCSD Transition Program: Community Based Vocational Instruction

  • CCSD Parent Mentor Assistance

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