As students leave Miriam School, administration and faculty offer individual guidance to help families with transition planning and implementation. Readiness to transition to a less specialized school environment, or the need to transition to a different type of program are determined by discussions between administration, faculty and parents. These discussions may occur at any time during the school year as staff or parents begin to consider a different educational placement for the following school year.
The School Director and Associate Director coordinate the transition program and help parents begin the process of researching and discussing appropriate educational options. Teachers and therapists also provide valuable input concerning specific student needs and program requirements during the initial steps of the transition process. As parents and staff narrow the field of possible choices to those that are most probable, parents begin to contact and make preliminary visits to schools. At this time, faculty may also fill out requested written information or talk with receiving school personnel. Faculty also continues to discuss pertinent issues and recommendations with parents during this exploratory period. Once a tentative selection has been determined, Miriam School faculty may visit the future program or host a meeting/observation with prospective school personnel. Faculty may also participate in specific educational planning or IEP meetings with the future school.