High School Transitions

The High School Transitions project is a new venture funded by the Virginia Department of Health with the aim of helping high school students navigate the challenges of transitioning to college or the workplace. While our team continues with a needs assessment process to listen to the voices of those experiencing the transition, we anticipate our focus will be:

  • supporting and increasing mental wellness
  • enhancing strengths and building additional life skills
  • developing and deepening social connections


  • Needs Assessment – 2023 ✅
    • Brief surveys – summer/fall 2023 ✅
    • Focus groups – fall 2023 ✅
    • In-depth interviews- fall 2023 ✅
  • Curriculum Development – fall 2023-spring 2024
  • Pilot program in 2-3 VA high schools – 2024/2025 school year
  • Refinement and implementation with more schools – 2025/2026 school year
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We are finalizing a needs assessment to determine how best to support Virginia high school students with this program. If you are a parent of a high school student or recent graduate, or a workforce stakeholder employing recent graduates, please complete our survey at the corresponding link below.

Important: please do not complete these surveys if you have already filled one out as a school counselor, administrator, or any other professional supporting college students.

We are also recruiting willing high schools to pilot the High School Transitions program during the 24/25 academic year. If you are interested in learning about how to bring this impactful new program to your Virginia public high school, please contact Lee (duffyllp@jmu.edu) or Sherry (ceperisd@jmu.edu) or click the link below to fill out our interest form.