Rainier and Connections Services
The Transition Program serves a variety of student levels, abilities and needs. Within the program, there are 3 different types of services that students can receive (and often can receive a combination as outlined by their individual needs in their IEP). While the majority of our students participate in the Evergreen service, we also have Rainier services and Connections services. Click following link to see visual of 3 service tracks: Transition Program Services
Rainier Services: Serves students generally for 3 years, through 21 years of age. Specially designed instruction primarily focus on therapeutic, habilitative skill development, (functional) academics, self-care skills, leisure skills, social/communication skills, and self-advocacy. Students have access to swimming at the Bellevue Aquatic Center. They also have access to the High-land Community Center where they participate in social & leisure activities with the Bridge of Promise Program during the school day which families can choose to continue if desired post-graduation in the adult services program. Students can also participate employment instruction through the main Evergreen service as desired to benefit from a combination of transition services that best supports their individual post-secondary goals in their IEP. Students receiving Rainier services typically have significant disabilities such as medical fragile needs and require high levels of support with life skills, toileting, feeding, etc. Parents are usually the legal guardians and students usually qualify for DDA services in Rainier.
Connections Services: Serves students who are in additional need of transitional services beyond their senior year of high school (typically for those 5th year seniors) but generally do not require 3 full additional years . These students typically would only attend Connections 1 year (though they may attend less or more than 1 year depending on their IEP needs). Specially Designed Instruction & coursework primarily focuses on supporting post-secondary goal exploring in the areas career exploration, accessing DVR (Department of Vocational Rehabilitation), metro training, college prep, APEX for credit retrieval, etc. Students are enrolled on a part-time basis and must be able to secure their own transportation to school (metro training is available). Students in Connections can also participate in some social skills instruction through the main Evergreen service as desired to benefit from a combination of transition services that best supports their individual post-secondary goals in their IEP. Most students in Connections are likely their own guardians and not DDA eligible