Intensive Support • Ages 14-16 • Goal:

Make a Transition Plan

Action step 1.

Think about options for high school.

High school options include:

  • Learning in separate classrooms or being in regular classes with support
  • Graduating with a diploma or a certificate
  • Graduating in four years
  • Staying in special education longer, up to age 22

Your options and choices may change as your needs and goals change over time.


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Action step 2.

Participate in IEP transition planning meetings.

Education after high school is part of IEP transition planning. This planning begins at age 14-16, depending on the laws in your state.

You can be part of the planning. You can help the IEP team make the plan fit your goals for the future. This can help you:

  • Learn about supports you may need
  • Practice self-advocacy


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Action step 3.

Prepare for college entrance exams.

If your goal is to go to college, you may need to take a college entrance exam, like the SAT or the ACT. If you have an IEP or 504 plan, you can ask for accommodations on the day of the exam. Getting help from a tutor and taking practice tests can help you get ready for the test.

You may be able to get accommodations during the test, including communication support.


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You’ve reached the end of the action steps for this support level and age group.

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