Overview of Exiting & Transition



What is Transition?

Transition refers to two points in an individual’s use of publicly funded supports for disability:

  1. the shift from birth-to-three services to preschool services
  2. the shift from high school and/or 18-21-year-old services to post secondary and/or adult services. In this section, we focus on the second transition, secondary to postsecondary.

What are Transition Services?

Transition services encompass both planning and instruction specifically intended to prepare students for education, work and life after high school.

Who Participates?

All students receiving special education services between the ages of 16 and graduation planning for transition and receive transition services. Following graduation, if the IEP team selects it, 18-21 transition services will be provided.

When do transition planning and services start and end?

Transition planning and services begin by the age of 16, at the latest, and continues until a student is no longer eligible for special education or has transitioned to adult services the end of the school year in which they turn 21.

Where will planning and services occur?

Transition planning and services are integrated into the high-school setting through the IEP. Following graduation, transition services occur at a variety of sites throughout the district and city.

Why is it important?

Let’s look again at our mission statement:

Seattle Public Schools’ charge is to effect positive change in the lives of young people by preparing them with skills, experiences, and knowledge necessary to afford them wide-ranging opportunities in the future. The goal of the Special Education Department is to actualize this charge for all qualified students, regardless of disability.

And our vision: We are guided by the belief that every student in Seattle Public Schools deserves membership, challenge, support and achievement – not only in school, but also in life.

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