St. Vrain Valley School District’s primary transition program, Life Skills Alternative Cooperative Education or LSACE, provides services for students 18-21 years of age, who continue to require specially designed instruction to work towards post-school goals, but who also benefit from a structured setting offering functional academic and adaptive skill-building opportunities delivered primarily within a group of similarly-situated peers. For students whose needs do not align with LSACE’s structured support, IEP teams can develop Alternative Options designed to meet a student’s unique circumstances.
There are four different pathways to support students who receive 18-21 services. The program targets functional independent living, community, vocational and college/career. Students qualify for services based on their needs to work towards attainable post-secondary goals.
Connect with your student’s current case manager to learn more.
What are Transition Services?
The term ‘transition services’ means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability to facilitate the child’s pathway from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. Services are provided in collaboration between the district and outside agencies. The plan for such services is updated annually, beginning with the first IEP developed when the child is age 15, but not later than the end of ninth grade, or earlier if deemed appropriate by the IEP team.
What are 18-21 Services
As a part of transition planning, an IEP team may determine that a student with a disability may benefit from participation in St. Vrain Valley School District’s 18-21 Transition Services Program, designed to support 18-21-year-old students’ movement from school to post-school activities. Services are determined by the IEP team and adapt and align to an individual’s unique needs.
St. Vrain Valley School District’s primary transition program, Life Skills Alternative Cooperative Education or LSACE, provides services for students 18-21 years of age, who continue to require specially designed instruction to work towards post-school goals, but who also benefit from a structured setting offering functional academic and adaptive skill-building opportunities delivered primarily within a group of similarly-situated peers. For students whose needs do not align with LSACE’s structured support, IEP teams can develop Alternative Options designed to meet a student’s unique circumstances. Alternative Options can include a variety of services and supports, including but not limited to: homebound services, self-determination and personal skill engagement, cooperative services across district programming (i.e. PTECH/P-Teach etc.) and other unique circumstances.
Transition services ARE:
- Designed to serve as a bridge from K-12 education to post-school/adult life.
- Provide services with a focus on connections to adult services, community engagement, supported employment, and/or alternative or inclusive education opportunities.
- Clearly identify programming with specialized instruction and activity objectives aligned with individual students’ transition needs and goals.
- Build independent living skills by providing flexibility between school and community experiences based on individual preferences, interests, strengths and needs aligned with postsecondary goals.
Transition Services ARE NOT:
- A continuation of High School
- Located in the student’s neighborhood school, nor the building/location of parent or student choosing (Parent input will be considered)
- Full day/full-time programming
- Solely designed for leisure and/or social activities.
Why make a transition plan?
Colorado school districts, including St. Vrain Valley School District, help all students with a plan for transition from high school to post-school planning through an Individual Career and Academic Plan (iCap). In addition to completing an iCap through the general education curriculum, IDEA-eligible students also engage in Transition Planning through their Transition IEP. A Transition IEP shifts the educational programming lens to target goals, services and supports as they relate to living in the adult community and developing independence. For some students, after exiting high school, complete independence will be possible; others might need support throughout life. St. Vrain will continue to strive to help all students prepare for their own unique transition into adulthood.
Parents have an active role in transition planning and should consider exploring and applying for various outside agency supports and services based on their student’s needs. Linked here are some considerations for families to explore. (Not all resources are appropriate for every student.)
The decision for a student to receive additional educational services beyond the minimum credits needed for a high school diploma is a team decision based on an overall educational plan that will assist the student to move as close as possible to their identified post-school outcomes. See “Determining if LSACE is Right for Your Student (Process)” below.
St. Vrain Valley School District’s LSACE Program offers information for students and parents to prepare them for post-school opportunities. Successful transition programming relies heavily on both family engagement and school based services.
Determining if 18-21 Transition Services Program is Right for Your Student (Process):
Student eligibility for an 18-21 Transition Services Program, such as LSACE or any Alternative Option is an IEP team decision. Parents, Students or the Case Manager can request an IEP team meeting to review assessment data, discuss the student’s needs and determine if the student will continue to require specialized instruction to continue to meaningfully work towards their post-secondary goals following the student’s senior year of high school.
The 18-21 Transition Services Program discussion should begin during the annual review meeting in a student’s junior year. In any situation in which the team is considering a student’s participation in 18-21 Transition Services Program, the case manager should invite the overseeing district special education assistant director. During the meeting the case manager or school district or transition coordinator may facilitate the team’s discussion using this form.
To access SVVSD’s Transition Services Program:
- A student must be under age 21, or else, if the student’s 21st birthday occurs after the commencement of the academic year, then the semester in which the 21st birthday occurs has not yet concluded.
- A student with an IEP must not have exited school and graduated from high school by meeting the grade level standards required to obtain a regular diploma. (Students on modified standards remain eligible for transition services through the conclusion of the semester in which they turn 21).
- A student must be enrolled or transferred into a St. Vrain Valley school, have an active IEP, and meet criteria for services as determined by the IEP team.
- A student must continue to have unmet goals pertaining to post-secondary outcomes in the areas of education/training, employment, community access, or independent living that require specialized instruction.
- Have skill deficits impeding fulfillment of attainable post-secondary goals prior to satisfying graduation requirements.
- Most have a moderate to significant disability and are focused on learning skills to engage in supported employment, community based independent living and/or inclusive education opportunities.
Graduation Information as it Relates to 18-21 Services
For students whose IEP teams determined the student is working on modified standards, graduation does not terminate a student’s eligibility for 18-21 services.
Some students may participate in a ‘social graduation’ at the conclusion of their senior year, but their receipt of their diploma will be deferred to receive 18-21 services. A student’s right to receive a free and appropriate public education (“FAPE”) ends once a diploma has been received by the student. At the end of the academic year when the student exits from transition services, the district will issue the diploma, which will reflect the date that the student exited transition services–not the date of their social graduation ceremony.
Once a team determines that the student is likely to require the district’s 18-21 Transition Services Program, someone from the Program will connect with the IEP team (usually during the student’s senior year IEP meeting or spring semester of their senior year) to help the team refine the initial phases of the student’s pathway and further discuss services and planned continuation date.
|Junior Year (11th Grade)||Senior Year (12th Grade)||18-21 Services|
|Case manager will complete transition assessments to guide goals, and services. (Req. TA)|
Case manager will invite the assistant director/transition specialist to the student’s annual IEP review
Team will determine appropriateness of post-secondary goals and if 18-21 services are needed/appropriate
Families engage with their Community Center Board and have an active case with DVR.
|Case manager will update transition assessments to guide goals, and services |
Parent will have the opportunity to attend an 18-21 Transition Services Program Open house to learn more about the program (Spring)
Transition Services Program staff will attend the student’s annual IEP and determine pathway, services and schedule.
Student participates in a social graduation with their current school.
Families reconnect with their Community Center Board and have an active case with DVR.
|Transition Services Program staff will provide services related to the student’s pathway and post-secondary goals.|
Transition Services Program staff will provide semesterly progress reports and notify families when a student is nearing exit (goal achievement/ 21st birthday)
LSACE services will be faded out, and adult services will be faded in as a natural bridge to adulthood.
Student engages in adult services supportive of the student’s transition goals.
18-12 Services Pathways
St. Vrain Valley Schools offers four pathways for 18-21 Transition Services Program.
- LSACE-Community Based Education
Community Based services provide students with classroom and community experiences that invite students to find their talents and gifts and contribute to their environment by giving to others. Students in the Community Based Education strand increase their independence, confidence, and self-advocacy in the community. This strand emphasizes the exploration of post-graduation living options, recreation/leisure activities, and the development of personal and social skills. The program offers sessions from 9:30-2:45, Monday through Friday. Most students participate in partial day sessions for 2-3 days per week.
- LSACE-Career Exploration and Work Experience
Career Exploration and Work Experience services provide classroom and community experiences that emphasize identifying a career/work path that is attainable, the skills needed for the world of work, and opportunities to learn and practice those skills. This could include opportunities and instruction such as career/technical classes, vocational instruction, and integrated/supported employment exploration. The program offers sessions from 7:45-10:45 and 12:00-3:00, Monday through Friday. Most students participate in either morning or afternoon sessions for 2-3 days per week.
- LSACE-College and Industry Readiness
College and Industry Readiness services support students who have chosen a career path and are preparing for community college, technical trade school/industry education, or four-year colleges/universities. This pathway emphasizes discrete academic skills, interpersonal relationships, application and acceptance process, and possible participation in the program supporting their college/industry path. The program offers sessions from 7:45-10:45 and `12:00-3:00`, Monday through Friday. Most students participate in either morning or afternoon sessions for 2-3 days per week.
- Alternative Options-
Alternative Options are singularly and particularly designed to support students with the most unique particularized needs. Alternative Options target the student’s unique goals and circumstances, which in many cases render participation in a group setting inappropriate and necessitate services to be delivered in a condensed, narrowly targeted manner. Program sessions are likely to range from 30 minutes to 3 hours, and most students pursuing Alternative Options will participate in sessions 2-3 days per week depending on the student’s needs.
Schedule & Services
Services could be accessed anywhere from one to six semesters depending on when a student meets the exit criteria. The goal of transition services is to bridge towards a student’s goals. Transition Services Programs are thus structured to gradually fade out, and adult services (outside agency services) fade in. While case managers can provide resources and information, it is the parent/family’s responsibility to initiate and engage in adult services. Students are exited from the Transition Services Program when the first of the following occurs: 1.) the student has the skills and abilities to meet their post-secondary goals* or 2.) the student reaches the end of the semester when their 21st birthday occurs, or 3.) the student no longer chooses to participate. (*Students on modified state standards or EEOs, continue to remain eligible for 18-21 services beyond meeting their post-secondary goals.)
Transition Services Program start and end dates follow the St. Vrain Valley School District calendar for 12th graders. Days and times of attendance vary, based on a student’s tailored program designed with individual identified transition needs in mind. Most students receive between 2 hours and 15 hours of services per week. Students who attend more hours generally have more significant needs and are focused on improving community based independent living skills. Hours of support will decrease as students demonstrate proficiency and move toward adulthood. The student’s last day of 18-21 services should look like their first day of adult services.
To this end, it is highly recommended that parents partner with outside agencies to engage in adult services during times when the student is not engaged in the 18-21 Transition Services Program. The district will be as collaborative as possible to support the student’s access to both service models.
Related services may be necessary to assist the student in accessing the specialized instruction delivered in the Transition Services Program. Over the course of the student’s experience in the Transition Services Program, related services may transition to community providers to establish continuity with adult services in anticipation of the conclusion of the Transition Services Program. The majority of students in 18-21 Transition Services Program are either connected with or on a wait list with their county’s community center board.
Transportation is provided by the school district to and from school. When appropriate, students may access public transportation via RTD, Via, or Call-n-Ride for work experiences.
Connecting with Adult Services
- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) supports youth and adults with disabilities. It is recommended that St. Vrain Valley students who may need additional support in navigating career exploration, preparation, and on the job support apply for a Youth Services Program.
- If your student has an Intellectual Disability (ID), The state of Colorado offers single entry points for adult services for students and adults with disabilities called “Community Center Boards”. Case Management Services assist a person in accessing necessary services and supports to meet his or her needs. Services include intake, eligibility determination, service plan development, arrangement for services, delivery of services, service and support coordination, monitoring, any safeguards necessary. Students within St. Vrain Valley School District typically reside in Boulder and Weld Counties. Below, is the information for your particular county:
For more information on Adult Services visit our Outside Agencies and Resources webpage.