The Bayhill High School Transition Program utilizes a student/family focused model designed to ensure successful transition from school to adulthood. Since transition looks different for each student/family, the program is designed to offer many options based on the individual needs of the student, incorporating the student’s strengths and interests. These options include post-secondary education (2-year and 4-year college), vocational training, continuing and adult education, independent living skills, and supported employment services.
Learning About College and Transitions
During their Bayhill career, students are exposed to life beyond Bayhill as a regular part of the school culture. Within the context of the classroom, students learn about A – G requirements (coursework required for students to be eligible to apply to the California State and University systems), understand how to look at and interpret their transcripts, have access to SAT/ACT preparation, take the PSAT, take the Strong Interest Inventory to learn about their possible career interests, reflect upon their own college readiness, learn how to write a personal statement, understand the basics of the laws that affect people with disabilities in higher education, just to name a few. Additionally, Bayhill hosts numerous college and program representatives so that students are exposed to a variety of programs and post-secondary options. In the fall each year, Bayhill hosts a comprehensive College/Transition Fair where representatives from colleges, art schools, independent living programs, and work and Gap Year programs are available to speak with students and their families about the various options available for post-high school life.
Including Families in Post-Secondary Decisions
In addition to what goes on within the classroom for all students, Juniors and Seniors and their families meet individually with the College Advisor both during the Junior year and throughout their Senior year to put together a comprehensive and realistic plan for life after Bayhill. Depending on their goals and aspirations, students may work more closely either with the College Advisor or the Transition Coordinator to ensure that they have the ongoing, appropriate support necessary to make a smooth transition from Bayhill to life after Bayhill.
Life Skills Course
Life Skills course includes many transition activities designed to encourage students to explore their maximum potential while learning the skills necessary to transition from school and parental care into adult independence. The course is designed to teach students how to incorporate Life Skills related knowledge into everyday behavior. Students are exposed to information and skill building exercises geared towards personal, social, and emotional development.
The goals of the Life Skills course are to educate and empower students to develop and understand their Individual Transition Plan (ITP). This course is designed to reinforce basic skills in Reading/Math/English and to teach students how to apply these skills to real world problems and situations. Students will practice and demonstrate an understanding of the following Life Skills appropriate behaviors: