Standard 9 Transition Programs

Standard 9: 21st Century Life and Career Skills (S9) is a tiered high school transition program for students 18 to 21 years of age whose IEPs require additional support and training to prepare for adult roles. The program builds employment skills, adult living skills, and college readiness when higher education is anticipated.

Y.A.L.E. School recognizes that all of our students need to become competent, self-directed citizens in their community, whether they are going on to higher education or preparing for the working world.

Our staff helps each student set realistic goals for life after graduation. We guide students and families as they identify and connect with local programs and resources that best match a student's needs and interests.

We offer vocational and pre-vocational assessment and instruction, job coaching, self-advocacy skills, recreation skills, community living skills, and mobility and transportation training.

Staffed by a trained transition team, the Standard 9 transition concentration teaches:

  • Academics: specially-tailored academic instruction with a focus on applicable real-world life and career skills, and/or college preparation and placement testing.
  • Career Prep: Students learn job interviewing techniques and résumé writing, and participate in a variety of job-related opportunities and experiences in the community and on campus, such as job shadowing, job sampling, internships, and a school-based business enterprise. Standard 9 students are also eligible to apply for Project SEARCH® launching in September 2016.
  • Community Involvement: Students plan and participate in community projects and service-learning opportunities.
  • Life Skills: Students learn cooking, cleaning, banking, shopping, personal hygiene, and organization. As part of the concentration, they use an on-campus life-skills lab to develop and apply more complex social competencies.
  • Mobility: Mobility Matters is Y.A.L.E.’s community mobility training program which teaches personal mobility and transportation skills. Students learn how to access and use public transportation and AccessLink during community-based-instruction trips. Standard 9 students whose transition goals include learning to drive a car can participate in a new DriveSafety® program. Students practice the basics of driving using a state-of-the-art virtual driving simulator located on campus, and receive assistance preparing for and taking the written driver’s test.
  • Technology Skills: Students use the internet, email, word processing, and productivity software to make presentations, learn about data, data entry, graphic design, and more. Each Standard 9 student is given a personal iPad® to use during class time, at the college campus, and on sites in the community.

Standard 9 Options

Transition OptionAges ServedLevel of Student IndependenceCommunity PartnerGoal
Standard 9 - Scholars18-21+++• Rowan College
• Camden County College
2-4 year college degree / job and career
Standard 9 - Vocational Extension18-21+++• Camden County College
• Glassboro Business Community
• Local Businesses
Competitive employment / Entrepreneur Opportunities
Standard 9 - Exploration18-21+++• Camden County College
• Rowan College - Burlington
2 year college degree / competitive employment
Standard 9 - Employment18-21+• Local Area BusinessesSupported employment
Project SEARCH20-21 (final year of public education)++• Kennedy Health Center
• National Project SEARCH
Competitive employment with job supports

Standard 9 at the Cherry Hill campus

Standard 9 Employment tier, housed at our Cherry Hill campus, offers students the opportunity to continue academic work in language arts and mathematics while receiving instruction in career preparation and independent living.These students participate in formal classroom instruction, weekly social-skills classes, and community-based instruction. They also work at job internships or campus-based school-to-work jobs, and plan and organize community-based service learning projects.  In addition, students actively participate in product planning, sales and marketing within Y.E.S. Designs, a school-based enterprise. Starting in 2016, students can apply for Project SEARCH, a one-year full-immersion internship program in partnership with a host company and state agencies.

Standard 9 at community college campuses

Because a majority of graduates from Y.A.L.E. School have a goal of continuing on to higher education, we support students with unique college-based transition options:

The Standard 9 Scholars and the Standard 9 Exploration tiers are offered in collaboration with Camden County College and Rowan College of Burlington County, with Y.A.L.E. instruction taking place on the college campus. These tiers provide support and services to college-bound students whose IEP goals require a gradual transition to the academic, social, and organizational demands of college life. The program offers academic tutoring and support, coaching for organizational tasks, and social skills coaching. Students take academic college modules, work at on-campus internships, take college health and physical education modules, and are involved in community-based service learning projects.


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Y.A.L.E. School Standard 9 Brochure

For more information about Standard 9, please call Margaret Chapman at (856) 482-5252 or email this program.

For more information about the specific transition services offered at any of our campuses, please contact an admissions coordinator.

Standard 9 Program Details
Mailing Address2127 Church Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Phone(856) 482-5252
Fax(856) 779-7721
AdmissionsKaren Huber
(856) 482-5252 ext. 150
EmailEmail this program
Age range18 to 21
DiagnosesADHD, anxiety disorders, "Asperger's", Autism spectrum disorders, emotional disabilities, Social Communication Disorder, or specific learning disabilities
TypeCampus-based transition program

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Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Standard 9

Ellen S.


Through each stumbling block the staff at Y.A.L.E.’s Standard 9 program never gave up on my son!  I have seen so much growth in the last four years. The Y.A.L.E. staff  found him a internship that he LOVES!  In June this internship will become his job!”

Susan O.

“The Standard 9 Program is exactly what my son with Asperger’s needed after high school.  He has a high IQ but did not have adequate social skills or the perseverance and motivation to complete tasks that were not in his area of interest.  Since attending Y.A.L.E., he has grown in so many ways. He is taking college level courses and completing assignments without behavior outbursts. He is becoming a mature young man and is proud of his weekly job at the Insectatarium in Philly.  Just yesterday, he told me that his job coach has a good level of strictness and she is nice. He also said he is learning to not ask so many questions.  His teacher Mr. Laux understands him and has helped him to focus on his strengths and move forward.  I seriously have hope now and can see my son having a job and being more independent in the future.  He wants to become a support person in the home with people with autism.  The Standard 9 Program is giving him the opportunity and training to help his dreams come true.”

Abigail and José R.


“Y.A.L.E. School has brought life back to my son and to my family. I am very grateful for the time, the patience, and dedication the staff takes to take a broken vessel and turn it into something almost perfect. I would be remiss if I did not refer another parent that might go through the same struggles I went through. Now, my son is advancing in all areas. He is doing very well in the Standard 9 program and he loves his job!”

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