Transition Academy



8871 Knox Bridge Hwy

Canton, GA 30115

Program Overview

The CCSD Transition Academy serves young adults, ages 18-22 in a functional transition program. This program is developed with the purpose of providing young adults with cognitive disabilities the opportunity to receive realistic vocational and functional life skills instruction to develop skills needed to successfully transition into a more independent life. There are three distinct programs at the Transition Academy to support students with varying transition outcome goals


Transition Academy students participate in the Graduation Ceremony and related senior activities in the spring before they come to the Transition Academy. Diplomas will be awarded after the completion of the program, or upon the age of 22.


High school seniors who have completed four years of high school, participated in GAA, have completed academic diploma requirements, have had access to campus-based domestic, daily living, and recreational activities or access to weekly community based work experiences are eligible to participate in the Transition Academy Enrollment Process.



Programs at Transition Academy


Reaching for Independence through Structured Environment (RISE)

RISE is a functional life skills program emphasizing community engagement.

Instructional Focus:

• Community Engagement Skills

• Functional Life Skills

• Communication Skills

• Social Skill Development

• Self-Advocacy Skills



Assisting Developing Adults with Pre-vocational Transition Opportunities (ADAPT)

ADAPT is a pre-vocational instruction program.

Instructional Focus:

• Job Exploration

• Pre-Employment Skills

• Communication Skills

• Campus-based work learning experiences

• Self-advocacy Skills

• Independent Living Skills



Students with Opportunities for Achieving Regular Employment (SOAR)

SOAR is a vocational instruction program.

Instructional Focus:

• Employability Skills

• Community Based Work Experiences

• Work Interpersonal Skills

• Independent Living Skills

• Self-Advocacy Skills




Angela Ezell
Jeanne Rottner
Melissa Dingus
Ryan Cherry
Andy Almonte
Teresa West
Lori Sewell

Transition Paras

Rita Clementi
Nancy Sharpe
Mirta Tilley
Carole Haley
Beth Huston
Nicole Scott
Tammy Deal
Mari Bridges


Career Readiness Center