What is TRACE?

About Our Services

We help young adults with disabilities succeed in school and life.

TRACE is a part of San Diego Unified School District but we are more than a school: We are an educational support network to assist young adult students with disabilities as they transition from high school to adult life.

What we do is apply education to real life and guide students with disabilities successfully into a career and life pathway.

Here is where they can graduate from high school and into adult life with the full support and guidance of our special school designed for young adults aged 18 to 22 years old.

We help students with disabilities in the following areas:

  • Job placement
  • Recreation/Leisure activities
  • Classes and training programs through community colleges that build foundation for careers, trades and lifelong learning
  • Accessing the local community (shopping, banking, library, etc.)
  • Household skills to encourage independent living
  • Getting around on public transit
  • Connections to community agencies that can help our students

Our school is completely free, since we are part of a public school district. We offer the extensive experience and resources of San Diego Unified School District, the seventh largest in the nation.

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  • Ages: 18 to 22 years old
  • Eligibility: Young adults with no high school diploma
  • Enrollment: 506
  • Schedule: Year-round calendar
  • Special School Offerings
    • Employment
    • High School Diploma Program
    • CTEEP

TRACE encourages students to be as independent as possible in the community. The level of support each student receives is based on individual needs. Following the special education protocol, each student receives an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and a transition plan (TP) that provides step by step procedures to become as independent as possible.

Classes are offered through our school as well as community colleges and training programs. We provide support in job placement, job retention, community agency linkage and independent living skills as well as guiding our students to access the wealth of opportunities in our county, from going to baseball games, the beach and learning to feel comfortable enough to join in the recreational and leisure activities that San Diego has to offer.

TRACE students are legally adults but we encourage parent involvement in helping them complete their education.

Students who have faced many challenges in life and the mainstream educational system. Sometimes they have not had success in school, and they don't see a whole lot of connection between school and life. We're here to help them make that connection. Our school works. We started with 12 students and have grown to more than 506. We have room for more.

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