Programs located at the Transition Education Center 

Transition Plus 

Transition Plus is a program for young adults with special needs, typically between the ages of 18-22. IEP teams determine the students that are appropriate for the Transition Plus services. These students can include an array of educational and vocational options, both on campus and in the community. Transition Plus students earn their diplomas upon successful completion of credits and/or IEP goals. Students will graduate and earn a diploma when the goals and objectives in that student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) are met or the student ages out. A student ages out the day they turn 22.

Transition and Post-Secondary Preparation (TAPP)

The Transition and Post-Secondary Preparation program provides and opportunity for young adults with special needs to progress toward graduation at an individualized pace based on their Individual Education Program (IEP). Creative educational opportunities are incorporated to enhance community participation, employment, independent living and functional academic skills. The student's IEP ensures that the student's efforts are focused on meeting "real world" needs. In the TAPP program, each student works individually or in small groups on assignments and activities. Small class sizes allow each student to receive support from he teacher during the school ear to foster success in an attempt to make graduation a reality. Students that participate in the TAPP program are typically in grades 11-12+ and are placed by their IEP team.

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business led high school transition model that provides students with disabilities meaningful job skills through systematic instruction and three internship opportunities in preparation for competitive employment. This is accomplished through a collaboration with Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, White Bear Lake Area Schools, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Ramsey County and the Project SEARCH State Leadership Team. The planning process to apply to Project SEARCH can begin as early as the year prior to the student's final transition year. Families can begin the process of applying for country social services and the Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Eligible students will also need to complete the application process. The selection team includes Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare representatives, Transition Plus staff , and other professionals. The application process includes tours, interviews, hands-on assessments, and scoring on a rubric related to entrance considerations.

Accountability with Academics and Restorative Education (AWARE)


Accountability With Academics and Restorative Education (AWARE) is an alternative to dismissal program and/or provides alternative education services for White Bear Lake Area School District students in grades 6-12. AWARE provides students with education in a structured setting to complete schoolwork, process their decisions, and learn strategies for solving issue and problems. Students are referred to AWARE by a school administrator, typically for a period of up to ten days. Some students may be referred for a longer period of time.