Transition: A Good and Lasting Impression
Transition, officially titled College Prep Transition Class, is a course for incoming freshman at Gabrielino High School that prepares students for the rigor of high school and supports their post-secondary planning. Mrs. Maria Cruz (previously Ms. Celis) teaches all sections. Students are switched to Health with Mr. Kent Monteleone at the turn of each quarter.
In Transition, the course curriculum is divided into eight units that focuses on familiarizing students with school resources, campus community, peer collaboration, research, academic and career planning, and technology. Due to the collaborative nature of the assignments, instructional time is utilized for group classwork with few but meaningful homework assigned to investigate topics with persons outside of the school setting. All students have access to and use classroom-issued Chromebook laptops during class time. Daily, students log into their student Google accounts in order for their work to be submitted, reviewed, and graded through the course’s online Google Classroom.
Within the past three years, students who have taken Transition have experienced some unique events such as a Q&A with ASB, college field trips, and video conferencing with working professionals. As well, freshman have worked to plan their high school courses, research colleges, prepare for mock job applications and interviews, and create online portfolios.
Overall, students have expressed satisfaction and continued interest with what the course has offered so far. Upperclassmen from years before Transition was introduced have been heard to say that the course should have been available to them when they were once freshman. Based on the student quotes below, it is no surprise that Transition has been a valuable addition to the freshman experience here at Gabrielino High School.
Below is a design created by a Transition student who used the skills she learned from an online design tool taught in a class assignment.