It’s preparation for life, for adult life. Although high school is often an exciting time, there can also be a sense of uncertainty for families especially if a student is receiving special education services. Fortunately, IDEA 2004 and the NH Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities have protections in place to help students receiving special education services prepare for leaving high school. In high school, IEP teams begin to look at IEPs differently and start to think about planning for what comes next. Schools generally refer to this as Transition Planning and the focus is on the future. It starts with identifying what a student might want to do after high school. When families and schools work together, IEPs can be developed that identify and plan around a youth’s true interests in education, employment, and independent living.