Valley Transitional High School
The high school’s Transitional Program provides services for students who require individualized programming to prepare for post-secondary education, employment, and living. The Transitional Program is designed to meet the needs of students with moderate, severe and intensive profiles, through vocational training, classroom based academics, community based experiences, and social pragmatic and transitional skills training. Modeling the Massachusetts secondary transition model, the goal of the high school’s Transitional Program is to provide the skills and training necessary for each individual student to achieve his or her highest degree of independence.
The classroom-based academics are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core Standards. Students are motivated and engaged through small class sizes, the use of technology, differentiated, and multimodal instruction. Additionally, our program has a wealth of therapists to assist our students and train our staff in the most current research-based intervention strategies. Our integrated therapy approach provides Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Social Workers that work with the classroom staff to ensure the student’s range of needs are met.
Vocational training includes the development of pre-vocational and soft-skills, as well as social pragmatics related to the workplace. Through hands-on vocational experiences, students are able to develop their interests and preferences. While on the job, students are closely supervised at all times by an on-site vocational aide, who provides students with instruction and support. As students become more independent at work, coaching gradually fades. Students who meet the eligibility requirements are given the opportunity to participate in unpaid independent internships where supervision is provided through the natural support of the employer. Students participating in an unpaid internship, either independently or with staff support, receive a motivational stipend based off of the principles of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Students are provided with the stipend when they achieve a participation and production rate of 70% or higher based on criteria set forth in their Work Based Learning Plan.
Initial contact from sending school district, followed by referral packet sent to:
Nicole Noska, Principal
40 Linnell Circle,
Billerica, MA 01821
Grades 9 - Post graduate; ages 14-21
40 Linnell Circle, Billerica, MA 01821
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
September through June, and 6 week Extended School Year program