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Finishing High School (Utah)

Finishing high school can be the next step to find a good job. More training may be necessary after high school. ASPIRE can put you in contact with people in your community to help to reach your goal to finish high school. After you’ve thought about your dreams, it is time to get a plan together. In your plan you should develop the steps needed to reach your dreams. Developing your plan will involve gathering people who can help you achieve your dreams. This may include your parents/guardians, teachers, friends, specialists and members of your community. Meet with your team to develop your plans. You can see how close you are to reaching your dreams by following your plan. Having a plan doesn’t mean you can’t make changes. Your team will help you make the decisions necessary to make your dreams come true. Turning 18 means you are an adult, and are legally responsible for your decisions and actions. When you turn 18, you become a legal adult. This is a time to celebrate and a time you will be held responsible for your actions. During High School

  • Meet with your high school counselor and discuss university, college or applied technology centers and their entrance requirements.
    • Decide which test you need such as the ACT or SAT.
    • Be sure you take all the classes the school requires
    • Have a copy of your transcript sent to the school
  • Practice your communication and self-advocacy skills. Make sure all your teachers know your accommodations.
  • Continue to develop your SEOP (Student Educational Occupational Plan) with your high school counselor each year.
  • Track your credits for graduation

Do you have an IEP (Individualized Education Program)? What are your IEP goals? Know what they are and what you need to do. Schedule time to work on them. You should receive IEP progress reports at the same time as you receive progress reports in regular classes. This could be midterm, end of quarter and at parent teacher conferences. Use the progress notes to keep track of your goals. Talk with your special education teacher about your goals, what needs to be accomplished and by what date. Decide what you will do to achieve these goals. Track and update your goals (i.e., Student Tracking Form (doc) (pdf), credits needed for graduation, IEP transition goals, 504 Plan, etc.). Keep this in your notebook or portfolio. Contact the agency that may provide job training, such as Vocational Rehabilitation or Department of Workforce Services. Apply for these services. Invite the adult agencies to your IEP meeting. During your last year of high school, a Summary of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance will become completed. The information on this form can help you plan for the services you may need. Do you have a 504 Plan?  A 504 plan is a written plan for a person with a disability to provide tools or accommodations to participate in school.  The 504 team includes the student, parent/guardian and a school representative.  Accommodations in a 504 plan may include:

  • Modify assignments and tests
  • Provide an extra textbook for home use
  • Adjust student seating
  • Use study guides and organizing tools
  • Provide a peer tutor/helper
  • Provide recorded books
  • Provide school counseling
  • Provide untimed tests or oral tests

As you plan for after high school If you are thinking about college find out about preparation courses for the SAT or ACT and accommodations you can use on the tests. Find the services available to students with disabilities. Apply for those services. Not all of your goals/plans/dreams will meet with success. You may need to make changes along the way. Remember making changes leads to more options. Consider your new options, adjust your goals and keep doing what you need to do to achieve your dreams. As you finish your high school career, you should have been tracking your credits for graduation. In Utah there are different graduation options. Make sure you pick the option that is best for you. Yahoo, you made it! Graduation from high school is a major accomplishment. It is a huge step towards becoming your own person. There is a world of opportunity before you. You will be making many decisions as you get ready to leave high school. Even though you have finished high school, your learning will continue. You will be making decisions about your education and training, where you will live, where you will work. You have completed this page of your life, now go ahead and write the rest of your story.

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