Teachwell Thrive Transition School
Teachwell Thrive is special education program that teaches independence through a blend of life skills lessons and on-the-job training. We provide a comprehensive life skills education that focuses on self-determination, problem-solving and decision-making. Our students participate in paid work experiences and benefit from individual coaching as they learn job-seeking and job-keeping skills.
The Goals of Teachwell Thrive
Teachwell Thrive helps students with disabilities discover their potential. Our goal is to support each student's path to independence while equipping learners with the skills and resources to set and achieve meaningful goals. Our team of special education professionals and success coaches work alongside public service agencies and inclusive community employers to create a supportive environment to help students navigate life changes with confidence.
Teachwell Thrive prepares students for life after high school through a combination of in-classroom lessons and real-world experiences. Learning is focused on three broad areas:
- Life Skills: Learning new skills and applying them in everyday situations.
- Job Training: Learning how to find and keep a meaningful job.
- Community Engagement: Learning to navigate a city and enjoy a community.
Making Each Day a Learning Experience
Teachwell Thrive finds creative and fun ways to teach independent living skills. Students spend each morning learning a daily life skills lesson that asks them to use reading, writing and math skills. Students work to apply the lesson to their daily lives, allowing learning to happen in real-life situations. Students spend each afternoon learning outside of the classroom, which may include paid work experience, on-the-job training or community involvement.
Serving Young Adults
Teachwell Thrive is a special education program for students aged 18 to 21 whose IEP goals include supported transition services. Teachwell works closely with other community support organizations, including Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies.
Building a Transition Plan
Teachwell helps educators, students and families create a plan for life after high school. Transition planning should start by age 16, but many IEP teams begin sooner. Teachwell staff often become part of the IEP team to assist with assessments or goal-setting.
A Goals-based Program
The length of time a student attends Teachwell Thrive can range from 1 semester to 3 school years based on individual goals. Local schools typically pay tuition on behalf of the student.
A Typical School Year and School Day
Teachwell Thrive follows a traditional school calendar. Each year begins in August and ends in May. The school year is 176 days. The school day begins at 8 am and ends at 3 pm.
Located in Central Sioux Falls
Teachwell Thrive Transition School is located in the Teachwell Solutions building at 715 E. 14th Street in Sioux Falls. Local school districts provide transportation to and from Teachwell Thrive. Teachwell staff will provide transportation during school hours.