Sonoma County Office of Education

Transition Program

Transition Program

The Transition Program is designed to teach independent living skills, including vocational skills, to students receiving special education services, ages 18-22. Program activities take place in a variety of community settings; including, work sites, the bank, public transportation and many other locations. The goal of the Transition Program is to help students become as independent as possible, including securing competitive integrated employment.

Transition students learn to ride public transportation, budget earnings, make purchases, behave appropriately in different settings, follow directions, and more. This is a tiered program and students have the opportunity to advance through as many as four levels of instruction. As they make progress, students fine-tune their work abilities, determine job preferences, and learn to work with growing independence.


Form: Referral Form (.doc)

  1. District sends referral form and related documents (as indicated on the referral form) to the school psychologist listed here:

    Tana Lambert, School Psychologist
    5860 Labath Ave Rohnert Park, 94928
    Phone: (707)992-1142 | Email:
    Referrals must be made through the student’s district of residence. Non-Public School (NPS) or residential placements must contact the student’s district of residence to refer.
  2. SCOE personnel review the referral packet.
  3. All potential students and their families are encouraged to visit a Transition Program class. The visitations are meant to educate students, families, and referring district personnel about the program. The site that is visited may not be the one where the student is placed, but the classes are similar in structure and purpose. Visits are set up upon receipt of the referral packet.
  4. A student requiring a triennial IEP within six months of the referral must have the triennial IEP held prior to placement.
  5. If placement is agreed upon, an IEP meeting is scheduled between SCOE, the referring district, and the student/family.
  6. A SCOE administrator completes the IEP paperwork. The SCOE teacher provides goals and objectives for the upcoming school year. If the student has an annual or triennial IEP—in addition to the Transition IEP—the district is asked to provide current Present Levels and testing as appropriate.
  7. Parents are asked to complete forms from the SCOE parent packet. An immunization record and birth certificate are required for placement.

Extended School Year (ESY) and Fall placements

Referral packets are requested no later than March 1. This date is very important because the transition team meets shortly after this date to discuss ESY/Fall placements and the information provided in the referral is necessary to ensure the most appropriate placement.

16th Annual Transition Fair

Get information about and register for the upcoming 16h Annual Transition Fair hosted by the Sonoma County Office of Education on Thursday, February 22, 2024.


SCOE Transition Program
Sonoma County Office of Education
1006 Mendocino Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Principal Amy Lawson

Amy Lawson


Questions may be directed to:

  • Tana Lambert,School Psychologist
    707-992-1142 ,
  • Kimberley Gehl,School Office Coordinator
    (707) 522-3208,
  • Amy Lawson,Principal