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What is the Adult Transition Program?

ATP StudentsVision Statement:  

The Vision of the ATP program is to facilitate the development of independent, self-determined, functioning members of society through community-based and collaborative services, building upon each student’s preferences, strengths, and interests.

The ATP is a highly-supportive program that may be considered by an IEP team for special education, transition-age youth (approximate ages 18-22) who have not received a high school diploma but have participated in four years of high school. These students continue to benefit from a highly individualized and modified specialized curriculum delivered in a mixture of both special education and community-based settings. The specialized curriculum focuses on student needs in the skill areas including, but not limited to, the following four areas:

  • Education

  • Employment

  • Training

  • Independent Living Skills

Individualization is determined based on each student's needs.


ATPWhat does the Adult Transition Program provide for students receiving special education services?


Employment is the first priority of the ATP program. Each student’s Roadmap and ITP will contain goals based on work related experience. Paid work experience (3-4 hours weekly) will be provided through the CUSD WorkAbility Program. WorkAbility wages are used for budgeting within the context of the program day.

Job support is essential to each student’s successful employment. Staff continually coach, evaluate and document every student’s work experience, with the goal being increased independence in the work environment, with many students eventually receiving supervision directly from their employer.

Students will also be given opportunities to complete employment applications, and create a resume.


Students Roadmaps and ITPs will determine the level of education and/or vocational training. The student’s choice for educational instruction is connected to their level of independence. MiraCosta Community College provides counselors through their Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) who assist students in making appropriate class choices. Enrollment and registration in all MiraCosta College classes must be completed through the college itself.

Full-time ATP Students that choose to take classes at MiraCosta College’s main campus should limit their class choice to no more than two classes on the same day in the same semester, thus allowing time for Carlsbad ATP activities.

CUSD ATP Students that wish to take classes at the MiraCosta College Community Learning Center should display the ability to take these classes without the support of CUSD staff.

ATP students must attend and complete the class independently, and with the same expectation as any other college student. If CUSD is on holiday, and MiraCosta College is not, the student must continue to attend MiraCosta College classes, and provide for their own transportation. When MiraCosta College is on vacation, recess, or holiday full-time ATP students are still expected to adhere to the CUSD calendar and attend the program during the school day.

Community Experiences/Training:

In conjunction with the CUSD Workability Program, the wages are paid in order to allow the student to learn how to budget his/her money for expenses within their program day. CUSD APT partners with Mission Federal Credit Union. Each student will be guided in opening a free personal online checking and/or savings account. The student will be assisted in learning how to monitor and utilize their own bank account. Students will be expected to budget for transportation, class expenses, charitable contributions, savings, social activities, et cetera.

Social skills are taught and generalized in the context of the appropriate community experience. These experiences, or activities, are designed for all students to learn cooperation, peer interaction and making wise choices. Social and instructional activities based in the community include mobility training, banking, volunteer experiences, shopping, restaurant etiquette, movies, and a variety of other activities that teach appropriate use of money, and how to utilize community resources. Friday’s are traditionally devoted to social activities.

In order to build character and community awareness, all students are expected to volunteer a portion of their time in the community. Some volunteer locations students have previously accessed include: Las Villas de Carlsbad, Community Resource Center, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Calavera Hills Community Recreation Center, and Dove Library.

Independent Living Skills (ILS)  

ILS activities are addressed as listed on the student’s Roadmap and ITP and provided as deemed appropriate for the individual. Some activities included as ILS are food preparation, cell phone use, and e-mail etiquette.

All students are guided to self-advocate by independently taking ownership of their daily activities (i.e. scheduling their own appointments, calling in their own absences, being aware of current events locally and worldwide, and participating in meetings with a voice regarding their own desires and needs).