Junior Planning Guide


Planning YOUR Future
Everyone should have high expectations and great dreams for success in life.  What you may have to do, however, is adjust your thinking about the manner in which you will achieve your dreams.  Keep your expectations high but adjust your post-high school education plans to fit your individual needs. 

  • What is the right plan for YOU?
  • Are you ready to leave home?
  • Find the school that fits you!
  • Create a manageable learning schedule!
  • Start slowly - minimum class load!
  • Allow for adequate study time!
  • Utilize your support resources
  • Join a co-curricular club!
  • Work part-time!

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

Develop An Action Plan

  • Research your goals.
  • Learn the requirements for achieving your post-high school goals.
  • Volunteer or do a career internship or job shadow to experience your career goal.

Junior Year Transition Timeline

  • Know the specific nature of your disability how it affects you in the classroom and community, and how to share the information with others.  
  • Consider services and supports that you will need in post-secondary life.
  • Use your course of study and your progress in class to set and adjust your post-high school goals.
  • Explore your career options by volunteering, completing a job shadow experience or a career internship.
  • Obtain a state ID or driver's license.
  • Take the ACT/SAT if you are considering college.
  • Speak with college representatives, trade schools and other post-secondary options who visit GBN and/or at informational fairs.
  • Investigate summer pre-college programs at www.heath.gwu.edu
  • Visit campuses and especially disability service providers to verify the available services and how to access them. 
  • Create a personal education file at home and include your latest IEP, ACT score report, current transcript and re-evaluation reports.
  • Utilize the on-line Naviance and Career Cruising resources to research schools and to stay organized. 
  • Work with your case manager, transition counselor, guidance counselor, and other resources.  
  • Choices Fair
  • 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.