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Post-High School Transition Program

A future of promise.

Riverview School’s Post-High School Transition Program for young adults, ages 17–22, is called GROW—Getting Ready for the Outside World.

The curriculum includes direct instruction in practical academic subjects but also provides students who have completed high school with the social, vocational, and independent living skills they need to function more independently.

Structured much like a college campus, GROW students live in dorms, take classes and participate in an extensive internship program. They learn how to self-advocate, make mature choices and take responsibility for all aspects of their lives, including selecting and planning their own social activities.

Additionally, students gain firsthand experience in a variety of work settings, helping them to develop good work habits and increased awareness of personal strengths and interests. There are 5 flagship programs that make Riverview’s GROW Transition Program the gold standard in post-secondary education for students with complex special needs: Café Riverview, Second-View Thrift Store, Project SEARCH, Project Forward and our ability to provide support while students take mainstream college classes at Cape Cod Community College.

Academics

GROW Academically

The GROW curriculum includes direct instruction in academics with courses that include: Communication and Literacy, Personal Finances, Consumer Math Concepts and Travel Training.

GROW students focus on topics such as effective listening and communication, technology, relationships, self-advocacy, personal safety and self-awareness. Classes cover time, task and money management. Problem solving and budgeting exercises mirror real-world monetary challenges. Coursework is supported through the latest technologies and innovations in teaching.

Mainstream College Courses at Cape Cod Community College

Introductory level courses are an option for Riverview GROW students who meet the College’s eligibility requirements. Students are required to take the Accuplacer test at the college and submit copies of recent Psychoeducational Evaluations. The documents are reviewed by the CCCC Learning Disabilities Advisor and eligibility is determined.

Mainstream courses provide an empowering experience for our students. They take great pride in being part of the mainstream college experience. While the expectations of each course are different, all are time intensive and require considerable levels of persistence and perseverance. Riverview students are provided with extra tutorial support on campus and have a great track record of success within the program. Both students and their families report that participating in the mainstream program is a remarkable experience on many different levels.

Social skills

GROW Socially

Each student is assigned an advisor who serves as a liaison between home and school and provides support with self-advocacy, self-awareness, problem solving and social skills.

Students learn that while their disability impacts them, it does not prevent them from having a full and meaningful life.

Independent living

GROW Independently

Instruction in independent living is highly individualized. Students learn and practice skills related to cooking, comparative shopping, personal hygiene, health, nutrition and fitness, stress management, home maintenance, transportation and the planning of independent recreational activities. While the routines and structure ensure that these important skills are learned, students at GROW play a very active role in designing and planning their lives.

GROW offers an inclusive environment where students utilize the community to maximize their independent living capabilities. Most graduates can expect to live in a place of their choice with friends or family, and in a community where they can work and socialize.

Vocational training

GROW Skillfully

Riverview’s vocational program paves the way for successful future employment. Students identify and explore career interests with hands-on training through robust internship programs in a wide variety of settings including healthcare, retail, culinary, animal care, office technology, landscaping, maintenance and hospitality. Students increase awareness of their personal strengths, aptitudes and interests, as well as develop strong work habits.

There are 5 flagship programs that make Riverview’s GROW Transition Program the gold standard in post-secondary education for students with complex special needs: Café Riverview, Second-View Thrift Store, Project SEARCH, Project Forward and our ability to provide support while students take mainstream college classes at Cape Cod Community College.

GROW students participate in internships at local companies: TJX Corporation, Double Tree by Hilton, The Dan’l Webster Inn and Spa, Cape Heritage Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility, Cape Cod Community Media Center, and 99 Restaurants.

Take the First Step