About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of Transition Plus is to provide services to students with differing educational abilities & assets. We focus on meeting transition needs in post-secondary education and training, employment, and independent living to promote a successful transition from high school to adult life.

Our Vision

To provide experience and learning that will assist students to have meaningful, satisfying work and home lives as family members, leaders, employees and citizens.

Early location at 210 N Second St Former location  at 3320 Elliot Ave South

Future Location – on the site of the old Burma Shave Building in the Corcoran Neighborhood on East Lake Street

Our current location on the southwest corner of 21st Avenue South and East Lake Street in the present location of the demolished 2019 East Lake Street building.  The entire project cost $29 million and resulted in a three-story building occupying half of the city block along Lake Street between 21st and 20th Avenues.  The school’s main entrance will face Lake Street, with the western wing dedicated to Adult Basic Education and the eastern wing dedicated to the Transition Plus Services program.  The design includes 121 underground parking spaces for staff and students and 39 visitor parking spaces in a surface lot, immediately south of the building, facing South High’s Barnard Field.  The building will meet LEED standards for energy efficiency and all rainwater will be captured and stored on-site.  Construction will commence in late spring or early summer of 2017 and the school will open in the fall of 2018.  

On November 5th, 2018, students and staff were excited to commence classes in our new building.

Jason Backes, Principal


Programming at Transition Plus
Transition Plus supports students by encouraging growth in the 3 transition areas established by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Post-Secondary Education, Employment and Independent Living.
Every student at Transition Plus has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which states each student’s performance and individual needs and guides the development of their programming.  A schedule of classes is developed each semester based on student interest and IEP goals and objectives.

Students participate in approximately 30 hours of instruction, employment and independent living activities each week. The mix of programming varies from student to student but may include:  competitive employment assistance, curriculum based vocational training, social service access, court/legal obligations, and other transition related community activities that can be counted as part of a student's programming. Classes and activities led by licensed school staff are held at the Transition Plus site as well as in dozens of community locations. Community sites include work and volunteer experiences that are built into student schedules for a full semester at a time. They also include an ever-changing variety of community resources and recreational sites that students visit with their teams.

  • English Language Learner [ELL] Services - The goal of the English Learner Department is to build the academic language and content knowledge of our students so that they are able to successfully navigate secondary content classes and develop their skills so they are prepared for continuing their education or entering into a career after they graduate.   Transition Plus has a licensed ESL teacher and trained bilingual staff that help students with English Language Development in “push-in” as well as collaboration and co-teaching with other teachers.
  • Mental Health Collaborative
  • Deaf Hard of Hearing Services [DHH]
  • Speech and Language Services
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy Services
  • Developmental Adaptive Physical Education [DAPE]

School Social Workers
Each student at Transition Plus is assigned to a team, and each team works closely with a school social worker. Social workers provide one to one guidance during the school day and help connect students to a wide variety of resources within the community.
Call the main office at 612-668-4100 to find the social worker assigned to a particular student.

The social workers can help address issues related to:

  • Basic needs of clothing, food, and shelter
  • Social challenges
  • Emotional and behavioral issues
  • Mental health concerns
  • Guiding them to a variety of community resources
  • Communicating, on their behalf, with school staff and community providers
  • Finding appropriate support groups
  • Supporting homeless and highly mobile students and families
  • Supporting pregnant and parenting students