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Adult Transition

Students may qualify for services through an Adult Transition Program (ATP) after high school until through their 21st birthday in their District of Residence  if they:  1) have not yet received a regular high school diploma, 2) have a current IEP, and 3) have completed their 4th year of high school.

The purpose of adult transition programs is to prepare transition age youth for adult life by providing meaningful and purposeful student-centered activities that maximize progress toward student potential in the community in which they reside.  Domains of instruction  intended to address the areas of a student's life as they progress toward their adult living are: Post-Secondary Education, Independent Living, Vocational/Career Exploration/Experience, Community Connectivity, Social/Interpersonal, Recreation/Leisure. 

For students residing in Vista Unified who are eligible for ATP attendance is at the Vista Adult Transition Center (VATC).

Current programs are:

  • Moderate/Severe - for students to increase independence through instruction in the adult transition domains including continuation of functional academics.

  • Mild/Moderate - for students seeking adult independence skills, employment and post secondary education opportunities, including earning a high school diploma through a partnering program (e.g. Vista Adult School, Mira Costa, Palomar)

  • “Specialized Healthcare and Intensive Needs Education (SHINE)” - for students with medical fragility.

  • “Vista Adult Learning Academy (VALA)” - for students with significant behavioral challenges.