The Transition Program

The Transition Program is an extension of Grove School’s main campus program and is designed for post-graduate students that need more time in treatment to prepare for college and/or independent living. The program is based in an expansive Victorian estate approximately one mile from Grove School, equidistant between the main campus and the center of Madison. The house is coed, equipped for 14 students, and is staffed by both male and female staff 24 hours a day.  Students in this program are involved in community college classes, employment and vocational training within our program and in the community, and are practicing activities of daily living. Each student’s program is designed and tailored to their individual abilities and goals.  For some students, the goal may be to prepare to transition a four-year college or university, while for others, it may be to simply explore the college setting to test their interest and readiness to pursue post-secondary education.  Some students focus on education that is oriented to a trade or vocation such as auto or computer repair.  The program curriculum is centered around developing skills to live and function as a young adult; shopping, cooking, using public transportation, pursuing a driver’s license, financial literacy, and the executive functioning of following daily and long term schedules, are all parts of the program that students are practicing on a regular basis. Students continue to meet with their treatment teams and pursue activities of leisure outside of their other scheduled programming.



  • External programs in the community
    • Middlesex CC, Gateway CC
    • Firefighter, EMT, cosmetology, culinary school
    • Porter and Chester certificate programs: (automotive, electrical, HVAC, CAD, nursing, dental)
  • TP Curriculum (instructed in the Transition House classroom by Grove School teachers)
    • English/writing workshop
      • Continued focus on basic skill enhancement
    • Financial literacy/real life math
      • Banking/budgeting/savings/future expenses
    • Computer/technology workshop
      • Basic software functioning and troubleshooting
    • Vocation:
      • Interest inventories/career exploration
      • Work experience within the program
        • Food truck, home repair, car detailing, landscaping
      • Pursuing employment/job shadows/internships in the community
    • Daily Living Skills
      • Home economics: shopping, culinary education, cleaning/house chores
      • Public transportation
    • Executive Functioning
      • Organization, prioritization, time management

Clinical services/treatment team

  • Individual therapy 2x/week
  • Psychiatry meetings 2x/month
  • Advisor meetings 2x/week (or as needed)
  • Group therapy 1x/week

Residential programming

  • Daily Living Skills
  • Activities of enrichment: music lessons, art classes, etc.
  • Volunteering/community service
  • Wellness: diet, exercise
  • Employment