Community partnering for a brighter future.

The Focus Academy Transition Program is a physically separate program from the high school program. Applicants must have completed all high school requirements through the 12th grade and must have deferred receipt of their high school diploma.

The Focus Academy Transition Program has two phases:

Stage 1:
 On-campus training and preparation

Stage 2:
 Community-based workplace internships

If your student has completed the 9-12 grade program at Focus Academy, they are already well on their way to learning key skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. The curriculum at Focus Academy weaves social skills practice throughout the school day, and academic classes use real-world examples to reinforce skills needed for future independence.  

The Transition Program emphasizes the employability skills needed for participants through age 22 to achieve a full and satisfying life. The program is built on these key tenets:

  • Experiences

  • Choices

  • Responsibilities

  • Connections


Our Transition Program uses these concepts as the basis for structuring the curriculum and experiences for individual students.

Students work in a variety of settings and are trained to follow workplace rules and safety guidelines and to remain professional and courteous. Students are expected to arrive promptly on time at their job locations. Students work more independently and have less supervision than on the school campus and are expected to safely navigate these areas with minimal support.

Practical learning, positive experience.


Practical learning, positive experience.

Transition Program curriculum is approached in workshop format to move students into increasing independence. Class or workshop topics include:

  • Nutrition and Food Science/Culinary

  • Drama Therapy and Role Playing for Social Skill Development

  • Project Management

  • Financial Skills

  • Workplace Etiquette, Safety & Communication

  • Practical Math & Reading

  • Adaptive Skills

  • Technology Skills

  • Travel Training 

  • Independent Living Skills

  • Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination

Classroom learning is paired with frequent trips into the community. These outings provide meaningful learning opportunities for students to engage in daily living activities while fostering developmental and academic growth. 

Transition Program faculty and staff work with students to improve interpersonal communication, task-oriented attention to detail, personal accountability, and responsibility, to help students progress toward a level of competence in the workplace.