Transition Program

The Transition Program, with its emphasis on work-study, prepares students to enter adult life. Our program and curriculum lead students to greater independence, responsibility, and social and emotional maturity. Through craft and work training, students develop skills, self-reliance, self-esteem, social relationships, a positive attitude to life, a wish to be both a participant and a contributor, and a firm foundation for practical judgment and attitudes necessary for adult life. 

The program accommodates both boarding and commuting day students. Day students join the program Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3:45 pm. The daily schedule of the Transition Program reflects the emphasis on vocational training. Students also may participate in traditional educational instruction as well as occupational, physical, and speech therapy as dictated in their Individualized Educational Programs (IEP).  

The program offers meaningful activities that better prepare students for life beyond school by providing: 

  • work readiness skills including habits, attitudes, safety, following instruction, teamwork, and concentration 
  • motor skills 
  • social interaction and relationship building 
  • communication 
  • adaptive living skills 
  • classroom instruction in science, art, and humanities 
  • functional academics  

Students are thoughtfully assigned to crews and will stay in the same crew for the duration of the year. Students who show a strong career preference may stay in a specific crew without rotating through various crews during their years at Beaver Farm.