• Students with disabilities transition throughout their school careers-from grade to grade, from early childhood programs to elementary school, elementary to middle school, middle to high school, or high school to college and employment. Transition is a coordinated set of activities that includes instruction, related services, community experiences, development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.


    Transition in the IEP 

    Transition happens many times in your child’s life.  It happens any time your child moves from one stage of life to the next.  When it comes to the IEP, however, “transition” addresses a specific life stage and puts a plan in place for how your child will make that move.  Transition in the IEP helps your child move from public school to post graduation and adult life.  

    Texas Project First


    The Texas Transition and Employment Guide

    The Texas Transition and Employment Guide is a guide developed by the Texas Education Agency that provides parents and students with meaningful transition information.

    Texas Transition and Employment Guide - English

    Guía de transición y empleo de Texas - Spanish

    Texas Transition and Employment Guide - Chinese

    Texas Transition and Employment Guide - Korean

    Texas Transition and Employment Guide - Vietnamese


    Transition Programs


    Within HISD we have five campus-based 18+ programs. These programs are located on the High School Campuses of DeBakey, Jones Futures Academy, Sam Houston Math and Science, Sharpstown International and Wheatley High School. These programs focus on employability and daily living skills for students with cognitive disabilities ranging in age from 18-22.


    Community Based and Project Search Programs

    Within HISD we have 4 Community Based transition programs. These programs include HCC Transition Houston Foodbank, Project Search at Dow Chemical and Project Search at Texas Children’s Health Plan. More information on these programs can be obtained from the links below.

    Community Based Programs

    Project Search


    Plan Your Path

    A focused and successful high school path is the road to future success in higher education, workforce training, and career. Learn about House Bill 5, Recommended Graduation Plans and Endorsements below.

    House Bill 5

Transition Coach

Transition Coach School
Amanda Mollet Energized MS, E-STEM W./Cent.MS, E-STEM W./Cent.HS, Hamilton MS, Lamar HS, Long Academy, Project SEARCH- DOW, Revere MS, Sharpstown International, Westbriar MS
Chelsea Venegas Carnegie Vanguard HS, Gregory Lincoln, Heights High, Hogg MS, HSPVA, Lanier MS, LECJ, Westside HS, Wharton, Wilson, Young Women's College Prep
Joyce Hobbs Black M, Clifton MS, Garden Oaks, M.C. Williams MS, Scarborough HS, TH Rogers, Waltrip HS, Young Scholars
Millie Perez Briar Meadow Charter, Fondren MS, JJAEP, Las Americas, Liberty HS, Pilgrim Academy, Sharpstown HS, Sugar Grove, Tanglewood MS, Wisdom HS
Paul Dowling Attucks MS, Energy Institute, Hartman MS, Mount Carmel HS, South Early College, Sterling HS, Thomas MS, Woodson, Worthing HS
Gilberto Castillo Chavez HS, East Early College, Flemimg MS, Furr HS, Holland MS, Middle College - Fraga, Ortiz MS, Stevenson MS, Texas Connections
Shannon Hill Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan, Deady MS, Marshall MS, McReynolds MS, Milby HS, Northside HS, Rusk, Secondary DAEP, Wheatley HS
Kay B. Randolph Austin HS, Chrysalis, Cullen MS, DeBakey HS, Eastwood Academy, Edison MS, Navarro MS, Yates HS
Chanise Catley Billy Reagan, Inspired West, Jones Futures Academy, Lawson MS, Madison HS, Welch MS, Westbury HS
Vacant Coverage Bellaire HS, Challenge Early College, Meyerland MS, Middle College - Gulfton, MIMS, Pershing MS, Pin Oak MS, The Rice School, Washington HS
Vivian Schwehm Burbank MS, Fonville MS, HAIS, Harper Alternative/Crossroads, Henry MS, High School Ahead, Mickey Leland College Prep, Momentum, North Early College, Sam Houston HS
Marcus Lewis Alternative/SOAR, Community Services, Forest Brook MS, Kashmere HS, Key MS, North Forest HS
Carla Samuel (HCC Transition) DeBakey HS (Kay), HEART, HCC Transition, Jordan HS, Project SEARCH- DOW(Amanda), TCHP/Project Search


Transition Newsletters

  • Transition Newsletter - Issue 1
  • Transition Newsletter - Issue 2
  • Transition Newsletter - Issue 3
  • Transition Newsletter - Issue 4
  • Transition Newsletter - Issue 5
  • Transition Newsletter - Issue 6