As high school graduation approaches, students at the Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) charter school have been preparing for their futures.
Throughout the school year monthly meetings are held for the juniors and seniors. These meetings provide consistent opportunities to answer questions and help make individual post-graduation plans. MCH currently has 12 seniors and 18 juniors.
At these meetings, staff from the Transition Services department teach independent living skills such as managing relationships, finances and time management, and offer guidance regarding understanding health care and applying for financial aid and scholarships. The students are also offered tutoring for the Texas Initiative Assessment and the ACT/SAT.
“While in class it is amazing to watch students ask questions and explore new information with excitement,” said Suzanne Frerich, director of transition services. “The transition services team is here to encourage, teach and guide students. We help students meet their goals and move successfully into independence.”
Staff bring in guest speakers from the community and students also take field trips. Each year they attend the YES Expo (Youth Employment Solutions) to explore career and college opportunities. Field trips are also planned so students can tour local housing options and learn about the cost of living independently.
“Our students really benefit from connecting with staff on a regular basis to discuss concerns and needs,” said Dorothy Phillips, director of educational services. “It is a great asset for our students to have the continued care offered by MCH as they embark on new adventures after graduation.”