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 independent living. The program is run from a large Victorian home approximately one mile from Grove School, equidistant between the main campus and downtown Madison. The house is coed, equipped for 14 students, and is supervised 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 tailored to their individual abilities and goals; for some students, the plan may be transition to a four-year university, while for others, it may be exploring the college setting to see how it feels, or pursuing a vocational focus.

The residential curriculum is focused on the development of independent living skills; shopping, cooking, using public transportation, pursuing a driver’s license, financial literacy, and the executive functioning of following daily and weekly schedules, are the skills being practiced 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
          • Gateway CC
          • Firefighter, EMT, cosmetology, culinary school
          • Porter and Chester: (automotive, electrical, HVAC, 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
          • Vocation/Employment–within the program (SEED), in the community
          • Daily Living Skills–shopping, cooking, cleaning, scheduling, public transportation
          • Transition Planning—college/trade program applications, continuing care


  Clinical Services    Residential Programming
  • Individual therapy 2x/week
  • Psychiatry meetings 2x/month
  • Advisor meetings 2x/week (or as needed)
  • Group therapy 1x/week
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Activities
  • Volunteering/community service
  • SEED
  • Community employment