Transition Planning: Freshman Year

It may seem far away, but it is never too early to start planning for your life after high school.  

Building a Strong Foundation
Plan for your transition to the "real world" all four years of your high school education. Focus on the steps in your planning and you will successfully reach your goals. Finding the right educational fit involves more than meeting entrance requirements. The school environment should be a place where you can be successful academically, emotionally, and socially. Your participation starts freshman year!

  • High school course work (rigor)
  • High school grades (GPA)
  • Standardized test scores
  • Co-Curricular involvement
  • Community service activities
  • Work experience
  • Self-Advocate/Self-Awareness

What are some of your options?

  • Gap Year Experience
  • Military Career
  • Vocational/Technical Schools
  • Art and Design Schools
  • Community Colleges
  • College or University
  • Full-Time Employment
  • Bridge/Life-Skills Program

Getting Started!

  • Research your goals.
  • Learn the requirements for achieving your post-high school goals.
  • Is your goal achievable?
  • Work with your educational team to create an IEP that aligns with your post-high school transition goals.  

Transition Timeline Freshman Year

  • Review your IEP transition goals, course of study and appropriate academic accommodations.
  • Practice good organizational skills (morning routine, be on time to class, organize class materials, and schedule after school study time.)
  • Learn how to actively participate in your IEP, especially your transition plan, which is your plan to help you achieve your post-high school goals.  
  • Learn strategies to help you successfully access college preparatory course work. Consider services and supports you will need in post-secondary life.  
  • Advocate by using the academic supports available in the resource room, learning center, and with your instructors.
  • Use a planner to assist with organization and time management.
  • Discuss future plans with your parents, case manager, and guidance counselor.
  • Meet with guidance counselor about courses required for target colleges or career training schools. Utilize other resources such as transition counselor and casemanager. Attend post-secondary planning workshops and info sessions.
  • Join a club, team, or volunteer in the community.
  • Complete career exploration assessment (Naviance, Career Cruising).
  • Learn about Department of Rehabilitation Services for all students with disabilities or history of a disability. Work with your school transitional and vocational coordinator/transition specialist/transition counselor on questions and applying to become a client.