Transitions is a specially designed instructional program for students with disabilities ages 18-22 that provides a transition from the high school environment to the community or post-secondary education. Transitions serves students of varying levels of intellectual, academic, social/emotional, and/or functional needs. Students access community resources as they focus on developing skills to meet education, training, employment, and independent living goals.
As added opportunities, students also have access to First-Step non-paid work experiences. First-Step is a career exploration curriculum. For students already employed, there is flexibility within the program for these students to utilize the time at work for seat time in school.
The Passages program serves students with special education services with a focus on emotional/behavioral needs in grades 9-12. Students who attend this program tend to struggle with school avoidance, anxiety, depression, and more. They tend to exhibit more behavioral difficulties (externalized behaviors) than emotional difficulties (internalized behaviors). There are small group classes with a modified curriculum based on student needs. Students have an emotional social skills group based on their specific need areas. Highly structured program with a token economy embedded.
As added opportunities, students also have access to work-based learning seminars and Career & Technical Classes. As one of the electives, students learn work-based learning skills around getting and keeping a job, as well as explore interest areas for employment and careers. For students already employed, there is flexibility within the program for these students to utilize the time at work for seat time in school. For upper-class students that are following program expectations, they have access to Southwest Metro’s extensive Career & Technical classes. Many classes are housed at the 401 building in Chaska and others are at the Dean Lakes Education Center. Transportation is provided to these classes while school is in session.