The Transition Academy at Mount Saint John is a transition day school approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education as a private special education program. The school is situated on 80+ acres of a picturesque college-like campus overlooking the Connecticut River. We utilize a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to care, including the coordination of cognitive, emotional, physical, social, vocational, and character development.

The Transition Academy serves adolescent boys and young men ages 11-21 of all faiths, races, and ethnic backgrounds referred privately or by their local school districts due to behavioral, emotional, and educational challenges requiring specialized education and behavioral health support. Our school offers curriculum on the middle school and high school level.

The Transition Academy at Mount Saint John offers:

  • Individualized educational programs with high academic rigor
  • Small class instructional environment
  • Flexible scheduling; partial day, full and extended day and year
  • Credit recovery; individual tutoring
  • Competency based curriculum and assessments aligned with the Common Core
  • Diagnostic placements
  • Certified teachers and behavior support specialists/instructional assistants in every classroom/vocational program
  • Individualized instruction, independent living skills, and transition assessments
  • Paid vocational training and job placement
  • Monitored school attendance and weekly progress monitoring

Lower School

Students in the lower school (grades 6 through 8) focus on building academic skills and begin to participate in activities that support the initial transition process.

Programs at the Transition Academy at Mount Saint JohnUpper School

Students in the upper school (grades 9 through 12+) focus on completing graduation requirements and meeting individual transition goals through a rigorous course of study with real world application. Our extended day and extended school year options allow students the opportunity to participate in credit recovery if needed and/or stipend-earning internships.

Transition Planning and Preparation

Transition skills including college and career readiness, health and wellness, independent living and community engagement are taught through hands-on experiences, individualized instruction, and community-based activities. Students spend time working with professionals, learning trades, completing certifications, and earning a paycheck.

All individual transition goals are based on a comprehensive transition assessment. Transition goals are monitored on a weekly basis by the students and are updated as needed based on a data-review process with the student’s support team.

Pre-Apprentice Certificates

Students have the opportunity to earn pre-apprentice certificates in the areas of Entrepreneurship (operating a retail business); Home Building Institute (trades include electrical, landscaping, carpentry, maintenance, and restoration); Music (creation and production); and Culinary (events planning, catering service, and food preparation and safety). ServeSafe, OSHA 10 and First Aid/CPR/AED training and certificates are embedded within the Home Building Institute (HBI) and Culinary curricula.