Navigator PREP Jr. is a virtual 6-month program for current high school juniors to proactively prepare for the college application process and the transition to college. This year’s program will run February 15 – August 15, 2021, during the pivotal months for current high school juniors to begin searching and evaluating colleges.
- Features a combination of videoconferencing, webinars, newsletters, and reports, including three live virtual sessions per month (one each of individual student, parent, and family sessions) and one instructional webinar focused on key topics related to the transition to college.
- Provides a pre-program and post-program assessment that evaluates skills impacting college readiness (academic, social, emotional regulation, self-awareness, independent living, and executive functioning).
- Develops these skills through personalized coaching and activities that are fundamental to the college search process, so that by the end of the program each student is prepared to begin applying to colleges that are well-suited to their academic and social needs.
- Concludes with a summative report from the Transition Center detailing specific recommendations for the student’s final year of high school and key considerations in evaluating colleges.
Navigator PREP is the country’s first virtual transition program for neurodiverse students, helping college-bound high school seniors recognize and develop the skills needed for the transition to college. Recognizing that college success for students who learn differently directly correlates to how well the student is prepared for this major transition, Navigator PREP Jr. aims to begin this preparation process even earlier – in the student’s junior year of high school, when self-driven executive functioning skills are critical to the college application process.
Through a differentiated curriculum based on student needs, families receive individualized transition counseling to better understand the post-secondary support model within higher education. Additionally, students and families work collaboratively with their Transition Counselor to identify the student’s level of independent functioning with recommendations on how best to develop the executive functioning, social integration, and emotional regulation skills needed to find post-secondary success. Throughout the six month program, students receive individualized and group-based instruction to develop a deeper understanding of the skills required to succeed in life after high school while also determining an appropriate college environment based on their learning profile.
Benefits for Student
Through Navigator PREP Jr., students will:
- Learn about the realities of college for students who learn differently, including accessing accommodations and understanding resources offered at colleges.
- Increase their self-awareness regarding current and future needs.
- Develop executive functioning skills as they research, organize, and evaluate college data.
- Establish advocacy action steps essential for early college success.
- Have a clear plan entering the college application season.
Benefits for Parents
Through Navigator PREP Jr., our transition team will:
- Partner with you to identify and support specific concerns you may have about the student’s preparation for college.
- Share with you best practices on how to help prepare for the challenges of college independence.
- Introduce you to the significant differences between high school and college.
- Help create a transition plan to proactively prepare for college throughout junior and senior year.
What Students Say
“I joined Navigator PREP halfway through 11th grade. Navigator PREP gave me clarity about myself as I headed into my Senior Year. I’m thankful for life!”
“The overall experience I had was extremely beneficial and helpful. It taught me skills and helped instill confidence about transitioning to College. (My Transition Counselor) was a wonderful instructor and he has my highest thanks!”
To apply to the 2021 Navigator PREP Jr. program, please complete the following steps. Related documents are accepted by email, fax, or mail.
- Complete the Navigator PREP Jr. Online Registration Form.
- Upon acceptance to the program, you will be asked for the following supporting documentation:
- High School Transcript
- IEP / 504 Plan or other Information Related to Student Learning Needs
- Prior to the start of the program, you will be asked to complete a self-assessment using our proprietary College Independence Scale.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Beacon College Transition Center.
Beacon College, Transition Center
105 East Main Street
Leesburg, FL 34748
Phone (352) 638-9777
Fax (352) 787-0796