Parents of students who have IEPs will find that the IEP team will include the student as a part of the team as he or she approaches 16 years of age. We encourage students to develop self-advocacy skills and voice their input on post-secondary plans at this age, and the team will begin to set goals and connect students and families to services outside of the school district that may be useful as the student prepares for adulthood. Students who do not graduate with a signed high school diploma are eligible to continue receiving special education services through the year in which they turn 21 years of age. Students who receive a high school diploma after the completion of 12th grade will no longer be eligible for special education services, but may receive accommodations at a post-secondary institution, if their plan is to attend a college or university after high school.
Students that Receive a High School Diploma
Students who receive special education services may graduate with a Bennington High School Diploma if all of the course requirements for graduation are met. Your child's Resource teacher can advise you of your child's graduation status if you are unsure. Many students who are receiving services in high school transition to two and four year institutions following graduation and continue to receive accommodations in their post-decondary placements. The handout below provides information regarding accommodations after high school.
Students that Receive a High School Certificate
Students who complete all of the requirements of their IEPs, but do not finish all of the coursework required for a diploma, may participate in all Bennington graduation activities, including commencement ceremonies. After their graduation, they may also continue to receive services through the school district through the school year in which they turn 21 years of age. Often, these students are connected to outside agencies that will provide training in job skills and living as independently as possible. As a student approaches 16 years of age, your child's IEP teams will begin to include individuals from these agencies to provide guidance in making the transition from high school to adulthood. The information below may also be useful to parents of children who are approaching this transition.