VIDEO: Seekonk Public Schools unveils new Seekonk Transitions Academy

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SEEKONK — Superintendent Rich Drolet and Director of Student Services George Kelleher are pleased to announce that a video has been released to promote the new Seekonk Public School Transitions Academy.

The academy, which is due to open on July 1, will provide Seekonk students aged 18 to 22 in the special education program with special services to better prepare them for their future.

“Creating this academy has been our goal for years, and we look forward to opening the facility this summer to better meet the needs of our 18-22 year old student population,” Superintendent Drolet said.

Through the Transitions Academy, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully transition into independent adulthood.

The space, which is located at Seekonk High School at 261 Arcade Ave., has a dedicated entrance for students accessing the program. The interior is set up like an apartment, giving students the opportunity to practice adult life skills such as preparing and cooking meals, household chores and more.

Students will have access to a full kitchen, washer and dryer, bathroom and living areas, and a model bedroom area.

“The Transitions Academy will give students the opportunity to develop independent living skills, career exploration skills and vocational training,” Principal Kelleher said. “It will help retain some of our students with specialist services here at Seekonk and it will also provide them with a great space to learn from their teachers and community coaches.”

As students progress through the program, they will spend more time having experiences outside of the school building. They will learn career readiness and independent living skills in a variety of ways.

“Through this program, we look forward to our students continuing to build relationships within the city and exploring more community resources, job opportunities and events so they can be fully engaged members of their community,” said Superintendent Drolet. “An added benefit is that over time we plan to save money on transportation, expand the program, and ultimately send fewer Seekonk students to other more expensive courses.

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