The Transition Opportunities for Post-Secondary Success (TOPSS) program will provide students with a transition curriculum that promotes independence while practicing the skills needed to become a successful adult in an authentic environment. Students involved in this program will focus on Independent Living, Functional Academics, and Employment Skills.
Students will receive direct instruction and hands-on experience in Independent Living, Functional Academics, and Employment Skills. This includes instruction in the areas of Social Skills, Communication Skills, Consumer Mathematics, Practical Reading, and Work Based Learning. Students will continue to receive related services outlined in their IEP in a group setting while participating in the TOPSS program.
Teacher: Jaime LaBonte; Several Educational Assistants also support TOPSS
Teachers and Educational Assistants will provide instruction and support in the classroom/community and will also function as job coaches during work experiences with Community Partners. When students participate in an individual placement through Work Based Learning, they will work with additional job coaches from the Work Based Learning program.
Students are expected to take direction and feedback from all staff with the same level of respect.
Students will contribute to a physically and emotionally safe environment. All students are expected to have a positive attitude (putting up not down), be respectful, be encouraging, be flexible, and be a team player.
Additionally, students will:
- Be personally responsible for own thoughts, actions, and belongings
- Give and receive honest feedback and move on
- Request and receive permission to visit specified areas
- Maintain consistent attendance
- Be Punctual – be on time and prepared for learning/work
- Maintain appropriate dress and hygiene
- Call out when absent
Students participating in the TOPSS program will be responsible for preparing or purchasing their own lunches. They will also be responsible for meal planning and shopping each week with the support of TOPSS staff members. Students will not be going to the CB West cafeteria for lunch. Instead, they will either eat lunch in the community or the TOPSS classroom at CB West.
Students will need to contribute to a monthly lunch account in order to fund their meals within the program. Meals include a mix of family style and individual lunches, as well as eating out in the community at different restaurants.
The TOPSS program has partnered with several businesses within the Central Bucks community in order to give students a chance to practice their transition skills in authentic environments. Students will get the opportunity to practice independent living and employment skills with the support and feedback of TOPSS staff members and community partners. Throughout the year students will rotate through the various placements with our community partners in order to give them an opportunity to gain multiple job experiences.
Work Based Learning
While participating in the TOPSS program, students will have individual work experiences that will be provided through the Work Based Learning program. Students will participate in the work based learning program for a minimum of one semester.
Students involved in the TOPSS program will consistently be out in the community representing CBSD. Activities for the TOPSS program will take place rain or shine. Students need to dress appropriately for the weather. This includes coats, gloves, hats, rain gear, etc.
As we try to help students transition into their post-secondary lives, we would like them to associate themselves as young adults and not as high school students. Therefore, we request that students wear business casual attire. When participating in Work Based Learning, students will be expected to dress as their employer has requested. This includes volunteer experiences with our Community Partners. If a dress code is not specified, students will dress in business casual attire.
When participating in activities at the YMCA, students will be expected to dress appropriately for the activity. For example, students will need swimwear on swimming days and workout clothes on fitness days.
Any student not dressed appropriately for the community setting will experience natural consequences (get wet, be cold, sent back from work, miss activity, etc.).
Consistent attendance is essential for success in this program just as it is for any employment. All absences must be reported. If a student is sick and will not be attending school and/or work, the student must report their absence.
STUDENTS must report all absences to:
- Jaime LaBonte
- Work Based Learning placement (if scheduled to work that day)
PARENTS please report absences to:
- CB West Attendance Office