Bridging the gap
Availability
Online
In-Person
Impact
5th + 6th
7th + 8th
High School

A pathway for school success

Transitions serves as a critical bridge program for students preparing to enter a key transition point, such as middle school or high school. For many students, social, emotional, and psychological changes make the transitions difficult. ELA can help guide your students to success.

The Transitions model focuses on key success skills such as realizing the importance of first impressions, learning to become an iconoclastic thinker, developing a deeper understanding of who they are, recognizing and becoming advocates for their learning styles. This program provides a key tool kit and safe environment to practice and reflect on growth opportunities.

Social Emotional Learning Tools

self discovery
toolkit for transitioning
situational leadership
goal setting the smart way
time management
abc's of communication

How do students benefit from the Transitions program?

Researchers have noted adjustment issues during academic transition periods which can lead to:

  • Decline in grade point average
  • Decline in attendance
  • Lack of feeling connected

Some students may also experience:

  • Increased anxiety about school procedures & older students
  • Changes in relationships with parents
  • Social difficulties

Give your student the edge they need to succeed!

Program Participants

Akron East Community Learning Center
Benedictine
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lorain County
Breakthrough Charter Schools
Brookwood High School (AL)
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Cordova High School (AL)
Dale County High School (AL)
Dallas County High School (AL)
Danville High School (AL)
Dora High School (AL)
Elyria City Schools
Elyria Southside Pride
Fairview Park School District
Falkville High School (AL)
Firelands Local School District
Flomaton High School (AL)
Gesu Parish School
Heights High School
Keith High School (AL)
Keystone High School
Lorain City Schools
Lutheran East High School
Midview Local School District
Riverside Local Schools
Selma High School (AL)
Shaker Heights MAC Scholars
Southside High School (AL)
St. Dominic School
St. Joseph's Academy
T.R. Miller High School (AL)
Towpath Trail High School
University School REACH
Urban Community School
Wellington Exempted Village Schools
William Rainey Harper (CMSD)
Akron East Community Learning Center
Benedictine
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lorain County
Breakthrough Charter Schools
Brookwood High School (AL)
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Cordova High School (AL)
Dale County High School (AL)
Dallas County High School (AL)
Danville High School (AL)
Dora High School (AL)
Elyria City Schools
Elyria Southside Pride
Fairview Park School District
Falkville High School (AL)
Firelands Local School District
Flomaton High School (AL)
Gesu Parish School
Heights High School
Keith High School (AL)
Keystone High School
Lorain City Schools
Lutheran East High School
Midview Local School District
Riverside Local Schools
Selma High School (AL)
Shaker Heights MAC Scholars
Southside High School (AL)
St. Dominic School
St. Joseph's Academy
T.R. Miller High School (AL)
Towpath Trail High School
University School REACH
Urban Community School
Wellington Exempted Village Schools
William Rainey Harper (CMSD)

What do our students say about ELA?

The one tool that I have used is time management. I use it to manage time. I use it for homework, chores and schoolwork.

Diego Morales
Student

Business and industry is demanding that its workforce have these skills, but when and where do students learn them? ELA not only taught my students these success skills but truly developed them in these aspiring young professionals. My students are leaving the Effective Leadership Academy with a competitive advantage that applies throughout their future education and professional opportunities.

Gregory W. Perry
Marketing/Junior Achievement

ELA is a thoughtful and energetic group. We have been so thrilled with the ELA programming that we have not only continued to bring them to campus, but we have expanded their role in working with our students on leadership development. ELA has created several unique and exceptional curricula for the many initiatives on which we have partnered. We look forward to continuing our relationship with ELA, so that our students will have the opportunity to learn from the best.

Annie Neill
Director of Outreach

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many students can participate in this program?

Transitions is taught in a classroom setting for up to 30 students/class. Many school partners take entire grade levels through the Transitions program.

What is the key focus of this program?

Key success skills to help students learn to embrace change.

What is the cost of Transitions?

Pricing can vary depending on the number of classes served, program location (in or out of Cuyahoga County). On average a single program costs $3,800 but the per program cost goes down when facilitating multiple programs within the same day.
We can work with your school to help with grant writing and sometimes have philanthropic funds to help offset cost.

How long is the program?

Transitions runs 8, 45-minute class sessions. Typically, schools schedule the program weekly across 8 weeks. Other options include 2/week for 4 weeks or daily, over 8 days.

What grade levels?

Transitions is ideal for students who face a big change, for example transitioning to intermediate, middle, or high school.
We have 3 different levels of the Transitions program for grades 5/6, grades 7/8, and 9th grade.

Is the program offered virtually?

Yes, the program can be delivered virtually through Zoom technology. It is ideal for students to be on individual devices so that they can utilize the chat feature and more easily participate.

What will students be doing during programming?

Program concepts are underpinned in leadership theory, taught through hands-on, engaging activities, games, and self-reflection activities then, connections to student lives are cemented through debrief discussions