Next Step Program Information

Mission Statement:

The Next Step Program (NSP) promotes the development of the highest level of independence possible for students as they prepare to enter adult life. Through a transition partnership with parents, program staff, and community resources each student can achieve their greatest potential.

Program Goal:

Each student will become an independent, self-sufficient adult to the fullest extent possible. The program is meant to serve students as a transition from the high school setting into a community based program.

Program Objectives:

¨      Expand work maturity skills

¨      Determine career options through the exploration of community-based job and training opportunities

¨      Increase self-determination of community leisure and recreational pursuits

¨      Develop personal management and independence within the home environment

¨      Foster a network of social relationships

¨      Form connections with community-based resources to provide on-going support

Program Requirements:

The NSP is designed for students who have participated in high school special education, self contained/intensive resource programs.

1. Potential NSP students must also meet the following requirements:

¨      18 years of age by the first day of the school year

¨      Demonstrate independence in personal care

¨      Demonstrate acceptable social behaviors with minimal support with peers and adults:

                        Respond to/greet others

                        Interact with peers

                        Display appropriate behavior in most situations

                        Respect personal space

¨      Demonstrate acceptable job behaviors with minimal support:

                        Follow multi-step directions

                        Complete assigned tasks

                        Cope with changes in daily routine, personnel, working conditions

                        Transition between jobs/tasks

                        Respond appropriately to correction and constructive criticism

2. Preferred Prerequisites:

¨      Minimum of one year of recreational and community activities

¨      Minimum of one year work experience

¨      Non-Diploma Track completion of high school (Certificate of Achievement).  Certificates will be issued at the end of the student’s last year of high school, and the student will participate in graduation activities.

Program Description:

NSP is a community based-program designed to help students realize their full potential as contributing members of the communities in which they live. The programs center is located in a non-traditional school setting within the Mat-Su Valley. The NSP is facilitated by Mat-Su Borough School District Student Support Services, in coordination with community agencies and services. The programs main emphasis is on the development of personal goals for each student that will enable the individual to become as self-sufficient as possible. Using a combination of school and public transportation, the NSP enhances each young adult’s ability to access the community and available services. Job training opportunities provide a key to each student’s future success. Students will develop their own personalized schedules on a weekly basis.


A typical student day may include, depending upon need, some of the following activities on the school site:

¨      Grooming and personal hygiene

¨      Meal planning and lunch preparation

¨      Management of personal budgeting and money skills

¨      Community activity planning

¨      Community transportation instruction and planning

¨      Household safety and management

¨      Self advocacy

¨      Friendships and other relationship issues

A typical student day may include, depending upon need, some of the following activities in the community:

¨      Work on a community job site

¨      Community mobility/safety

¨      Use of community resources, i.e. post office, bank, library, stores, restaurants, etc

¨      Participation in community recreational activities

¨      Use of public transportation


Referral Process:

Each student’s IEP team will review all post school options as part of the transition process, including NSP. A referral for the NSP shall be made by filling out the attached application prior to the end of the first semester of the student’s last year of high school. Completed applications with the required paperwork attached shall be sent to the high school resource specialist. Final decisions for acceptance into the program shall be made at the administrative level.

Last Modified on April 13, 2017