For example, academic independence may mean building the basic mathematics skills needed to balance a checkbook for one student but solidifying foundational knowledge of algebra in preparation for a college-level math course for another. Our program is highly individualized to accommodate this broad range of abilities and needs. While students are working on reaching their academic independence the Winston Transitions
program simultaneously targets the gaining and retaining of employment, as well as the acquisition of the additional social and personal skills that afford students the chance to live independently. Our Transitions
Team works closely with students in a very personalized and individual way through our small groupings, comprehensive academic coursework, internship experiences, social-emotional development, and Winston’s unique one-to-one Focus program. Additionally, a strong emphasis is placed on a practical application approach and project-based learning within the core course opportunities of Literacy, Writing, Math, Health and Wellness, and Professional Studies. All of the activities reflect and respond to the essential skills needed for success as an emerging young adult.
Each student in the program is assigned a hand-selected internship tailored to his or her needs and interests (when applicable). These internships provide authentic hands-on workplace experience with performance evaluations and assessment completion that allow for meaningful and specific feedback, all leading to the development of transferable skills. Furthermore, within the daily academic course work students focus on developing and strengthening employability skills through our Professional Studies course.
While the academic, cognitive and employment components of the program are essential, it is the social-emotional development that completes Winston Transitions
students journey toward independence. Throughout a student’s time at Winston Transitions
, they are provided opportunities to develop and demonstrate interpersonal communication skills, manage conflict, enhance active-listening skills, build collaborative relationships that emphasize trust and respect and work cooperatively. In addition, a full-time Clinical Social Worker and other mental health professionals provide targeted group and individual activities to foster development primarily through Winston’s one-to-one Focus program.
may be appropriate for any student who has not yet achieved the requisite, and individually appropriate, academic and social independence to succeed in academics, work, and independent living. Please contact, John Civita, Head of School at (firstname.lastname@example.org
), to begin to assess with us whether or not this program is the correct next step in your student’s education.