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Block Island School Guide to Transition Planning

The Block Island School Student Transition Plan provides an outline of the sequence of assessments and activities available for each student, 14 years old and older, supported by an individual education plan.  Specific plans are designed around the students unique and individual needs, based upon identified student interests and abilities, to promote advancement from school to post-secondary life.  Plans will outline the specifics of instructional planning, courses, vocational training, and experiences within the community to create the optimal situation for a successful life post high school.


Transition plans are designed to track, monitor and assess student strengths, preferences, and objectives, using a series of evaluative tools.   Also addressed are employment, independent living skills, appropriate continuing education goals, adult education services.  Other supportive adult services, and opportunities for community involvement, are considered as determined to be appropriate.


 At each grade level specific assessments are administered, in addition to targeted activities, to refine goals and guide the transition process.  See Appendix A – Block Island School Transition Scope and Sequence 8th Grade; Appendix B – Block Island School Transition Scope and Sequence 9th Grade; Appendix C – Block Island School Transition Scope and Sequence 10th Grade; Appendix D – Block Island School Transition Scope and Sequence 11th Grade; Appendix E – Block Island School Transition Scope and Sequence 12th Grade.  For each individual student, assessments and activities for a given grade level are scaffolded on the results of prior years, thus the prior year guides and informs the subsequent.


The student works with a team, which might include family members, adults within the school and community, representatives from ORS and BHDDH, to develop a plan individualized to the students’ abilities, preferences, needs, interests and goals.   In this way we develop transition goals and objectives that are specific to the student, which includes links between agencies to support the student during and post high school. 


Ultimately, the goal is to prepare students for as smooth as possible a transition to a successful life in a post school environment, including integrated or supported employment, independent living, and/or post secondary education.