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Transitional Academic Program

Supporting a Successful Transition to High School

Eighth-grade students who struggle to overcome learning challenges often need more time to strengthen their skills before moving on to high school. Our Transitional Academic Program provides students with that opportunity.


TAP is a high-school readiness year following 8th grade. A highly personalized program, TAP prepares students for the independence high school requires. Students emerge self-assured, confident and excited to begin their next phase of education.


The program features our fully accredited 9th-grade curriculum, as well as teaching and reinforcing life skills such as:

  • Essay Writing
  • Understanding the expectations of multiple teachers who may not communicate with one another
  • Managing increased homework load; large, multi-step assignments; and advanced writing requirements
  • Visiting high schools
  • Navigating large buildings
  • Adapting to changes in schedule
  • Learning new organizational strategies
  • Managing money
  • Making healthy meal choices
  • Understanding standardized tests
  • Using a locker


The majority of TAP graduates move on to attend the high schools of their choice, where they enter grade 9 or 10 confident and prepared.

"Choosing to do the TAP year was easy for a few reasons. First, we wanted P to build on the success he had been having at TQS. Second, we were extremely impressed with TQS’ ability to use technology as an adaptive strategy and found the other schools we were considering were very far behind in this regard. Finally, we believed the curriculum was really well designed to prepare him for success in a traditional high school. P’s TAP experience was wonderful. The learning community fostered within TAP was critically important. The teachers knew the students’ strengths and weaknesses very well and were able to differentiate instruction enough to make sure everyone learned in their own way, yet still work together as a group. The additional year also gave Peter more time in a supportive environment to better understand the ways his disability affected his learning, and it gave him the confidence he needed to advocate for himself.TQS really saved P’s educational future. The TAP year was a fitting way to conclude a truly excellent educational experience at this unique school. " -Parents of a TAP Alumnus

Learn more about our Transitional Academic Program – contact us for information.