Aaron School recognizes each student’s unique strengths, interests, and passions, and uses these as the foundation for transition planning. Guidance and transition programming at Aaron School is designed to support both the student and their family as the individual prepares for life after high school. The Guidance and Transition Coordinator works closely with each student and family to identity post-secondary programs that align with the student’s academic and social abilities, interests, and needs. Upon completion of required coursework, Aaron School students earn a local, private school diploma enabling them to apply to any type of post-secondary educational program (i.e., college, transition program, trade school).
Aaron School promotes the success of all students through:
- Individualized Meetings with the Guidance and Transition Coordinator
- Transition Seminar Course Sequence
- Real World Applications Course Sequence
- Parent Workshops
- School Counselor Recommendations
- ACT Special Testing Site for Students Granted Special Accommodations by the ACT Board
- Career Explorations
- Individualized Support with Post-Secondary Applications
All 11th and 12th grade students participate in a weekly Transition Seminar, which provides upperclassmen a forum to discuss topics that focus on the many post-secondary options (i.e., college, transitions programs, trade schools, employment) students may pursue after graduation from Aaron School. Roundtable discussions are led by the Guidance and Transition Coordinator and focus on the characteristics needed to be successful in a post-secondary educational setting, as well as the workplace. Discussion topics include college and career interests, independent living skills, effective communication, self-advocacy, problem solving and conflict resolution, and the transfer of school skills to a professional environment.
Taken concurrently with Transition Seminar, upperclassmen engage in a two-year, Real World Applications course sequence, designed to help prepare students for the transition from high school by further developing skills that are crucial for success in adulthood. Through lecture, discussion, and hands-on lessons, students learn about independent living, workplace readiness, and civic responsibility. Course topics include budgeting, goal-setting, time management, interviewing, professional applications, and understanding the evolving responsibilities that come in young adulthood. The Guidance and Transition curriculum is implemented through the following course sequence:
Transition Seminar I
Real World Applications I
Transition Seminar II
Real World Applications II