Transition services are designed to help students with disabilities move from public school to post-school activities. These activities might include post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The ultimate goal for students with disabilities is to graduate from school and have a plan set for moving to a post-secondary school or work situation with linkages to all community resources that might assist them in reaching their personal goals. Transition planning is a process that begins prior to 9th grade and is based on the student's dreams and goals. A transition plan is reviewed yearly as part of the IEP annual review and refined as the student's dreams and goals change with experience and maturity.
The Life Skills program educates students with significant intellectual disabilities. The program's primary focus is on developing the student's independent functioning within his/her home, school, and community environments. This focus is accomplished through the use of research based materials, teaching strategies and techniques, and components considered as best practice for students with significant cognitive disabilities and autism.
All students are given access to grade level Georgia Performance Standards/QCCs in the areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, social studies and science. The On Track and/or the Adaptive Living Skills Curriculum will be used to address specific skills needed in everyday living, including those related to personal care, home living, and school, work, leisure, and community participation. Other skills that are embedded in each of the instructional domains include communication, motor and social/emotional. Students are assessed annually on the Georgia Alternate Assessment, which is a portfolio assessment which assesses a student's progress toward skills aligned to grade level Georgia Performance Standards.