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The RI Transition Academy at CCRI Knight Campus

The RI Transition Academy at CCRI Knight Campus
The Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus
The RI Transition Academy at CCRI Knight Campus
Administration 144 Bignall Street
Warwick, RI 02888
Program Contact Therese Munroe Curran
Phone 401.941.8353 x124

The Rhode Island Transition Academy at CCRI is an alternative high school program for 18 to 22 year-old students with developmental and intellectual disabilities that provides classroom and community instruction in an adult learning environment. The program, based at the Community College of RI Knight Campus, Villa Del Rio Apartments, and in various community settings. RITA @CCRI utilizes a student-centered approach to teach functional academics, independent living skills, self-advocacy, community involvement, post secondary exploration. We assist our youth to strengthening the skills necessary for seeking, obtaining and maintaining employment and choosing the ingredients for a successful, satisfying life beyond high school. Most students participate for one school year. However, based on need and IEP Team recommendation, a student may return for an additional year. The program is funded by tuition from school districts with assistance from the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) for Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 11
School district or agency partner: RI Department of Education
Contact person: Jane Slade
Deadline to apply to this program: August 1
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-22
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Visual impairment, heard of hearing, OHI, CP, ED
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 86%
Retention rate: 0%
Tuition amount: $24,000.00
Program specific fees: $150.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students are responsible for tuition for CCRI courses. They are introduced to the Disability Support Services at CCRI and encouraged to use their services if transitioning to CCRI.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 37%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 64%
We offer the following specialized credentials:


Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Gym and exercise facilitates, Library, Anime Club, Theater, sports, student clubs

Last updated: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:18