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Transition Courses

The following courses are part of the course of study for students with disabilities in the District of Columbia Public Schools.  The curricula aredesigned to infuse Common Core State Standards, Community-Based Learning, Workforce Competencies, and Self-Advocacy skills within a scope and sequence document to help ensure promote a seamless transition for all students with disabilities to post school options. These courses are offered on all various grade levels they include as shown below. The number in parenthesis () is the number of curriculum documents available per course. There are currently 13 courses and 79 separate curriculum documents designed by the DCPS Transition Team.

Course Grade Levels Description
Core Courses of Study 9th to 12th (16) The core course of study package offers a curriculum series that explores Mathematics (4), English (4), History/Social Studies (4), and science (4). Students who are working to earn a Certificate of IEP Completion participate in these courses.
Academic Study Skills 11th to 12th (2) Students explore best practices to maintain a healthy study schedule in core subject area courses.
Transition Study Skills 11th to 12th (2) Students begin to develop resumes, cover letters, and complete applications for post-secondary education/training and employment opportunities.
Foundational Skills  Pre-K to 5th
Students learn the basics of transition, focusing on what it means to have a job, how to demonstrate responsibility, and what to do to begin planning for post-secondary life.
Self-Advocacy Pre-K to 12th
Students learn leadership techniques as it relates to participating in their IEP team meetings. The course focuses on teaching students about their disability, their limitations, their abilities and appropriate accomodations. The course prepares students to take a more active role in IEP/504 development.
Character Development 6th to 12th
Students explore the key components of what it means to be a good citizen and contribute to the world in a meaningful way. This course teaches conflict resolution strategies for student to employ in their daily lives.
Learning Labs 9th to 12th
Students participate in four courses. Strategizing (2), Career Exploration (2), Career Management (2), and Daily Independence (2). Students have the opportunity to take a deep dive to explore the career of their choice.
Computer Skills 6th to 12th
(7 Courses)
Students explore the functions and uses of a computer for work and recreation. Computer Skills are necessary for any individual transitioning to post-secondary life. Computers drive the world around us and our students need to understand the fundamentals of utilizing a computer in post-secondary life.
Test Taking Strategies 6th to 8th
Students prepare to take standardized tests in and outside of the educational environment. This course helps students explore various modalities of testing and how to find the best accommodations to ensure success on any test.
General Explorations 10th to 12th
Students shadow various careers outside of the educational environment. Students are exploring a “day in the life” of a particular career utilizing situational job sampling.
Independent Living Skills 9th to 12th
Functional Living Skills is a community-based instruction course that takes students into the field to explore various community resources available to them. Students explore concepts of recreation, government, and community living.
Real World Applications 9th to 12th
Students begin to apply their knowledge of transition skills to the world beyond high school. Students will explore real world mathematics and communication skills.
Career Development 11th to 12th
Students who have jobs while in high school or are seeking a job in high school can learn skills to further enhance their work experience and grow in their jobs.