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Transition Classes

Transition classes focus on skills necessary to transition from high school to post-secondary education and training, employment, and independent living.

The transition curriculum includes the three areas of transition; Education and Training, Employment, Independent Living (Recreation and Leisure, Community Participation, and Home Living). Course offerings include: Career Exploration, Explore Your Community, ACT Prep, College Readiness, Economics and Employment, Money Management, Learning for Earning, From School to Work and Transition to Independence. Each student also develops their own P.R.O. Filer filing system. The P.R.O. Filer is a personal portfolio and filing system designed to help all students learn how to organize important documents, keep records of school and community learning opportunities, and create a personal portfolio to showcase their accomplishments in 11 transition areas. All classes work on the PEPNet iTransition eFolio program which is an online transition curriculum to help students who are Deaf and hard of hearing prepare for life after high school. Through self-assessment activities, students learn about their interests, personalities, and skills and how to match those characteristics to career options.


Twice a month for 80 minutes, all high school students are involved in transition presentations and activities related to IEP (Individual Educational Plan) goals.

Topics and activities include:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • World Travel
  • Job Interviewing Techniques (with/without an ASL Interpreter)
  • Self-Advocacy Skills
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Panel of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Employees
  • Videophone/Video Relay Service
  • Health Issues
  • Can Do Canines and PawPADS (Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs)
  • Transition Program Representatives
  • 2 Year and 4 Year College Representatives
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
  • DHH Services and MEC(Minnesota Employment Center)
  • St. Paul Police Safety Fair (Internet Crime, CSI, Mounted Police, S.W.A.T., K-9, Mobile Command Center)


MDS students are encouraged to participate in community events and activities year round! Volunteer hours are highly recommended by college and VRS counselors, and employers. The administration, staff and parents support our group and individual volunteer hour experiences. Individual goals for the Freshmen include 25 hours, 30 hours for the Sophomores, 35 hours for the Juniors, and 40 hours for the Seniors.

Volunteer experiences include:

  • Neighbors Inc. Food Drive
  • Second Harvest Feed
  • My Starving Children
  • Blankets for Children in the Hospital
  • Holiday Letters to Deaf Senior Citizens
  • Letters to Women and Men in the Service
  • Humane Society
  • Student Council “Rent-A-Student” (Cleaning Your Community)
  • Babysitting while parents attend school meetings
  • St. Paul Police Safety Fair
  • Thompson Hall Deaf Club Functions

Prospective Students