Transition Services

Transition Services


The Transition Book Click HereDiploma Options Guide:  English Click Here Spanish  Click HereThe Age of Majority:  On Being 18 Click HereVirginia Dept. of Education Transition Services forStudents with Disabilities

Securing a future for your child with disability Click Here

Entering the World of Work  Click Here

Whatare Transition Services?

 Transition services consist of coordinatedactivities for a student with a disability that are:

  • focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student to facilitate their movement 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;
  • based on the individual student’s needs, taking into account their strengths, preferences, and interests; and
  • includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

 (IDEA Regulations Secondary Transition. (2007,February 2). Retrieved from 

Whendo Transition Services Begin?  

 A student’s IEP must include postsecondary goals andtransition services before they enter secondary school, but no later than thefirst IEP to be in effect when they reach age 14 (or younger, if the IEP teamdecides that it is appropriate).

ArlingtonPublic Schools Transition Coordinators 

TransitionCoordinators work with each high school, high school program, and middle schoolto assist students as they move through the schools and into adult life.  Areas in which Coordinators can provide ormake connections to supports include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • self-determination/-advocacy development
  • postsecondary education and career planning
  • vocational evaluation and training
  • explanation of diploma options
  • independent living support and community participation
  • procedures for requesting  accommodations in postsecondary education and employment settings
  • resume building and interview skill development
  • adult service agency referrals


Joyce C. Kelly, Transition Coordinator

TBD, Transition Assistant



Dr. Thomas Sweet, Transition Coordinator

Lucita Poliquit, Transition Assistant 



Karen Sherman, Transition Coordinator

Lucita Poliquit, Transition Assistant 



Lee Lisa, Transition Coordinator

Stratford Program


Brian Stapleton,

Special Education and Transition Coordinator

Arlington Career Center and Arlington Mill


Linda Saiidifar, Transition Coordinator

Christopher Williams, Transition Assistant

Alternative Programs and Job Development


Vickie Barr, Special Education Coordinator

Parent Resource Center



ArlingtonPublic Schools Transition Resources

TheCareer Assessment Program for Students with Disabilities – is a highly individualized set of interest inventories,standardized tests, and exploration activities designed to build a comprehensivepicture of a student’s interests, aptitudes, employability behaviors, andcareer-decision making skills.

School-BasedTransition Assessments –areboth formal and informal activities, offered at each high school, conducted toassist students with transition planning in the areas of postsecondaryeducation/training, employment, and/or independent living.

FunctionalLife Skills Programs – for studentswith disabilities, in each middle and high school, provide various skilldevelopment activities to increase career/technical integration, socialcompetence, community integration, personal growth, health/fitness,domestic living, and functional academic skills.

StratfordProgram – provides a supportive environmentfor students with significant disabilities requiring a functional skills,community based educational program. Services are provided primarily in aself-contained special education setting with opportunities for interactionswith students at the H.B. Woodlawn Program. In addition to functionalacademics, the Stratford Program also provides a range of various employmentpreparedness training options in an effort to meet the needs of the wholechild. Students’ programs are developed around goals to achieve maximum social,emotional, physical, and cognitive growth and acquiring the related skillsnecessary to function in the community as independently as possible. For moreinformation click here or call703-228-6440.

Program forEmployment Preparedness (PEP) isa transition program, located at the Arlington Career Center and launched inschool year 2014-15, that expands upon former APS programsknown as Supported Work and Training(SWAT) and Experience Based CareerEducation (EBCE). This program incorporates Virginia’s Standards for Workplace Readiness, is multi-tiered, and creates a dynamic andtargeted approach to meeting the transitional needs of students. PEP provides students with experiences and learningopportunities based on current business trends and needs so that students maygain relevant skills for obtaining employment in today’s market, including therequisite social skills necessary to secure and maintain long-term, meaningfulemployment. The program is designed for students to receive internship/apprenticeship experiences and may lead to trade certifications, licenses, college credit, networking connections, and/or employment directly upongraduation.


ArlingtonTransition Coordinators collaborate with other community agencies in theprovision of transition services. Some of these include:

    • Arlington County Department of Human Services

                   -Aging and Disability Service Division               – Mental Health Programs and Services                – Employment Center       

    • Arlington County Therapeutic Recreation Office
    • Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
      • Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, Project PERT (Post-Secondary Education/Rehabilitation and Transition)
      •  Northern Virginia Community College

                    – NVCC High School Outreach       
                     – Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program
                     – GPS for Success Program

      • The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc.
      • Northern Virginia Transition Coalition