STRIVE Entry Requirements

​​Making the right placement for a student is essential to prevent undue hardship on students and families.  Matching student needs with services offered is required.  Evidence of past success with special education services at the high school level in general education environment is needed before attempting college level course work with STRIVE assistances.  Please use the below table as an IEP team to see if your student meets STRIVE requirements and would be a suitable placement into STRIVE.

Past Evidence

High school requirementsHave met all high school graduation requirements.STRIVE is not a program designed to meet specific high school core content requirements for graduation.   STRIVE is in place to meet unmet employability needs for student with an IEP. 

IEP team referral

(A referral to STRIVE does not equal acceptance into STRIVE)

The IEP team has met, exploring all options with a consensus that the student has had a positive experience in the chosen field of study.  The chosen field of study matches with the student’s strengths, interest, and abilities.  The team agrees that the student can be successful taking college level coursework and the student desires to approach an increased academic environment.

It is essential to match the students’ needs with services offered, motivation level, interest in and ability to achieve college level coursework.

Attending STRIVE is an IEP team decision.  The team should be in agreement of the following things, to ensure the greatest level of success.

High school attendanceSophomore, junior, and senior year combined attendance at 90% or above.Missing 1 or 2 classes in college in some cases is equal to missing 1 or 2 weeks of classes.  Attendance is directly related to academic success.  STRIVE staff does not go looking for the student if they don’t attend class. Missing multiple class at the beginning of the term will cause the student to be automatically dropped from class.
Work ethic Work ethic listed as an asset in the IEP or indicated by special education instructorMissing 1 or 2 classes in college in some cases is equal to missing 1 or 2 weeks of classes.  Motivation is essential to succeed at the college level especially during midterms and final exams. Independent study time outside of the STRIVE time is essential.
Past Evidence of SuccessOne or more years of taking general education courses without modified assignments and tests. Earning C grades or better, with only resource room assistance.Evidence of success is necessary at the high school level before attempting college level coursework. Skipping general education non-modified assignments and test; jumping into college level course work is not the appropriate progression of development.

Successful vocational exposure

Has had a successful experiences in the chosen area of study through at least one of the following formats (H.S. courses, DMACC courses, work experiences).

A successful experience in the area of study, aids in the student’s understands of the field, interest in the program, increase the rate of success.  This process helps to determine if the chosen are of study is the correct chose.

​IEP Goal​IEP goals trending in a positive direction.​IEP goal trending in a positive direction, is an indicator that the student is moving in a positive direction, however still needs services.  Goal trending in a negative direction indicates that a student is not ready for a more intensive academic and employability skill environment. 


Category StandardReason
Behavior     At least 3 successful years witho​ut behavior services, and discipline referrals.Behavior intervention training and services are not provided in the STRIVE program.  Behavior plans will not be followed.  Evidences of success without behavior interventions is essential before placing a student at the college level with increased independence.

Placement Standards

Accuplacer Reading ScoreAccuplacer Classic Scores
35 or above
Accuplacer Next Gen Scores
225 or above
Reading score below this level indicate that a student is not ready for college level coursework
Reading level7th /8th grade levelN/AReading score below this level indicate that a student is not ready for college level coursework
ALEKSScore of 4% or Better.N/AScores below this level indicate that students would have great difficulty in required courses.

The Right Fit

Autism and social skillsNAOur staff has not been trained in the area of autism or to meet the needs of social skill development, making our program not the right placement for a student that needs assistance in this area.

The IEP team referral does not equal acceptance. We are an independent contracted service. We hold the right to contract with whom we choose.