WPS is utilizing a Hybrid Model for all schools as a way to significantly reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
Regular School Day - 8:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Minimum School Day - 8:30A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
To transition post-secondary students to the adult world by helping them gain knowledge and authentic experience in the areas of employment, life skills, social and communication skills, and age-appropriate leisure skills in a community setting. The program is individually tailored to meet each student's needs, while addressing overall goals of developing independence and self-sufficiency to the highest extent possible.
WTA welcomes students who:
Are ages 18-21 and who have completed their high school graduation requirements
Have a developmental disability
Are recommended for WTA by their IEP team
Have satisfactory attendance
Are aware of basic safety
Have demonstrated a desire to learn life skills necessary for supported or competitive employment
Have not had disciplanary action in the last two years
Are able to do their own personal hygeine or toiletries
Functional Life Skills
Grocery and personal shopping
Budgeting and money skills
Health and wellness
Positive choices curriculum
Nutrition classes with registered dietician
Social skills development
Occupational therapy groups
Management of personal care
Self-advocating and emphasis on independence
Personal and community safety
Computer skills and internet safety
Based on individual needs, students are placed at work experience sites to learn vocational skills, concepts, and community participation.
Identify individual work interests
Vocational training and workshops
Job application process
Participation and development of student-run business
Job interview preparation
Dress for success
Social gatherings with peers
Participation in "Connections," a social group for adults 18-21
Visits to college campuses
Therapeutic horseback riding
Cultural outings (Governor's Mansion, Wadsworth Antheneum, Mark Twain House, state legislative offices, etc.)
Our daily schedule is from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM on weekdays.
8:30 - 9:30 Morning meeting
9:30 - 11:30 Shopping
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch (students will be given $6.50 and learn to budget)
12:30 - 1:15 Fitness
1:15 - 2:00 Journal Writing, socialization, cleanup, dismissal
Tuesday - Thursday
8:30 - 9:30 Morning meeting, discussions, cooking
9:30 - 11:30 Internships and academics
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch (we will eat what we've cooked for the day)
12:30 - 1:15 Internships and fitness
1:15 - 2:00 Journal Writing, work evaluation, cleanup, dismissal
Social outings take place on Friday. They may include:
Community outings (museums, colleges, skating, etc.)
Meetings with other transition academies
Best Buddies at Trinity College
Hear from our students
"We get to do a lot of fun activities. My favorites were the outings to the mall, the trash museum, and skating."
"I like going out in the community."
"I like the abundance of life lessons learned daily."
"The staff helped me find a job that fit my personal interests and talents."