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O-School Transition Learning Center (TLC) Program

The Transition Learning Center Program is a full-day transition program for students with disabilities aged 17-21 who have satisfied their high school academic requirements, have postsecondary aspirations, but could benefit from additional time, preparation and skill development to achieve their post high school goals.

Mission

The Transition Learning Center Program is designed to support students in transition from high school to adult life through instructional and community-based experiences that will prepare them for post-secondary success while promoting greater independence in the execution of practical life skills.

Why TLC?

The Transition Learning Center Program will allow students to begin experiencing adult life activities both in the classroom and community while having the support of instructional and support staff including therapists and a transition coach. When and where appropriate, students will participate in a host of school and community-based opportunities including educational and recreational activities, along with (non-paid) internships. These experiences are intended to foster an understanding of the expectations and responsibilities associated with adult life to better navigate college, the world of work, and/or independent living. Students will also be able to explore their postsecondary options, set realistic and attainable goals, and begin practicing their vision for life as a young adult. The program will also help students and families identify and make connections with adult services and supports that might be needed in the future.

Location

The program is housed on the 2nd floor of the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School in a suite complete with a classroom, kitchen, office and small meeting spaces.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Non-diploma young adults ages 17-21 with average to above average IQs who are about to meet or have already satisfied their high school graduation requirements
  2. Exhibit persistent mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression and/or have a diagnosis of Autism
  3. Exhibits the capacity to self-regulate, and complete work independently. TLC students do not pose a threat to themselves or others.
  4. Must be committed to fully engage in a predictable, structured Transition program that is aimed towards preparing young adults for independence
  5. Utilizes and relies upon relationships to manage challenging situations
  6. Must have goals to, and can, attend college and/or work

When Can Students Enter the TLC Program?

Students may enter the Transition Learning Center Program after completing the minimum requirements for high school graduation. Upon verification of high school credit completion, students may participate in their commencement ceremonies but cannot accept their high school diplomas. They may, however, receive a certificate of attendance in lieu of an actual high school diploma if issued by the serving school.

Key Features

  • Full-day program operating from 9:00 am-3:15 pm Mondays through Fridays
  • Structured curriculum comprised of transitional topics, support in strengthening core academic skills; along with health and wellness activities customized to address students’ needs and IEP goals
  • Community-based experiences (i.e., internships, college courses, field trips, service learning)
  • Weekly Individual Therapy sessions
  • Family Therapy and Transition Planning Support
  • Breakfast and lunch served daily

Sample Instructional Content

  • College Preparation
  • Executive Functioning Skills
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Financial Management
  • Business Basics

For more information about the Transition Learning Center Program, please contact:

Dr. Carmen Roberts, Director of Transitional Services and Programs

773-420-2859

For admission inquiries, please contact:

Kristin Friesen, Director of Admissions

773-420-2981