Star Academy has been a recognized leader in educating students with learning differences for more than 30 years. Four years ago, Head of School Sheila Reilly recognized the need for a program that would help students continue their education as they transition out of high school.
“I spoke with so many parents of graduating seniors who were concerned about what comes next. They were desperate for additional support and guidance to keep their children on the right track, ” Reilly said.
Partnering with the College of Marin, Star developed a program that supports post-high school young adults enabling them to take college courses, explore their interests, get work experience and learn a variety of independent living skills.
To gain work experience, Star’s Post High School students began working at COM’s Indian Valley Campus Farm this fall. In addition to getting the opportunity to earn money and work outside with their hands, students have learned many skills that will help them find meaningful employment in the future, including self-advocacy, problem solving, collaboration, flexibility and communicating with others in a professional manner.
Star Academy’s Post-High School program supports students with learning differences ages 18 to 22 in the areas of education, employment and life skills. The program is open to graduates from Star Academy and other area high schools. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or register for the next open house at staracademy.org/post-high-school.