The Postsecondary Transition Program
In August 2021, Stanbridge Academy will launch our new Postsecondary Transition Program. This program is designed to help recent, neurodiverse high school graduates gain skills toward independence and emancipation, as well as solidifying the student's plan for college and/or career success.
Limiting the inaugural class to no more than eight students, the Postsecondary Transition Program will use an individualized approach to meet each student's specific needs and goals. All students will undergo a thorough assessment that will be used to determine areas of strength and areas of growth. This information will be used to develop an Individual Service Plan.
Students enrolled in the Transition Program will receive programming in four key areas:
experiential and work-based curriculum.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, or if you have a student who might be a candidate for enrollment, please email Program Director Colleen McQuade, who will be happy to arrange for a follow-up phone call or Zoom meeting:
On March 29, Stanbridge held an initial information session about our Postsecondary Transition Program. Hosted for an audience of current Stanbridge High School parents, this overview highlights key aspects of the program—including details on the four domains of the program, daily schedules, tuition costs, and more—and discusses the individualized approach that will be used. Click the image above to view the slides from the presentation, and the link below for video of the Zoom session.
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Interested in enrolling or want to learn more?
Contact Program Director Colleen McQuade if you would like more information about the Stanbridge Postsecondary Transition Program, or if you think your student would be a candidate for enrollment this fall. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Four Domains of Stanbridge's Postsecondary Transition Program
Social skills form the basis for social competence. The Transition Program will focus on helping students expand their social skills and use these skills to develop strong and positive peer relationships, succeed in college, and begin to successfully explore adult roles such as employee, co-worker/colleague, and community member. Areas of focus include:
• Peer relational skills
• Self-management skills
• Compliance skills
• Assertion skills
Students are offered unique opportunities to gain skills as well as to increase self-esteem and personal autonomy.
Opportunities include volunteer placements to employment in business throughout our local community, as well as entrepreneurship. Individual services may include:
• Career exploration
• Job skills assessment
• Resume building
• Internship acquisition
• Job coaching services
• Job placement services
Students will explore career and educational goals, potential programs of study, college requirements,
and the admissions process.
Individual goals may address any of the following services:
• Registration for college
• Individual tutoring
• Daily study hall
• Time management
• Executive functioning
assistance and training
Life management skills levels are assessed upon
beginning the program in order to determine the appropriate level of services. Our goal is that each young adult in our program develops the life skills needed to transition to independent living.
Areas of focus in this domain may include:
• Financial literacy
• Budgeting and banking
• Personal fitness
• Cooking and cleaning
• Personal hygiene
We've Been Helping Students Build Bridges for Forty Years
Since 1982, students who learn differently have thrived at Stanbridge Academy, where they develop their academic, social, and emotional capabilities to their fullest potential. Because planning for life after graduation can present unique challenges for students with learning differences, Stanbridge has always placed an emphasis on postsecondary planning. Our High School's "Bridges" program works with students and their families from grades 9–12 to ensure they are ready to take their best next step after graduation. Approximately 75% of all Stanbridge graduates continue their academic careers at a four-year or two-year college, university, or vocational school. Stanbridge graduates have also enrolled in residential education and transitions programs, or gone directly into the workforce. We are excited to bring our wealth of experience and expertise to this new venture as we launch the Stanbridge Postsecondary Transition Program this fall.