About the LBUSD Adult Community Transition (ACT) Program


The Adult Community Transition (ACT) Program utilizes a functional curriculum that will lead students from high school to adulthood, including post-secondary education, vocational training, independent living, community participation, and accessing adult services. It is designed for the 18-22 year old student (17 if completed 4 years of high school) who has not earned a diploma, but has graduated from high school with a Certificate of Completion after participating in a functional academic/vocational program in a Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Special Day Class. Curriculum courses include Daily Living Skills (including independent living, community and recreation/leisure skills), Personal Social Skills (including communication and interpersonal skills, social behavior, and self-awareness), and Occupational Guidance/Preparation (including occupational exploration, workplace habits/behavior, and job training/employment). It is required that these three courses be taken simultaneously, as together they make up the integrated ACT Program Curriculum.

Topics of instruction include, but are not limited to, money skills (identifying and counting bills and coins, making change, purchase routines, budgeting, household finance, banking skills and responsible use of credit), caring for personal needs (personal hygiene, safety skills, appropriate dress for weather and occasion, caring for clothes including laundry, food preparation and nutrition, kitchen/home safety and cleanliness), accessing the community (pedestrian safety, mobility training, driving skills, and acquiring knowledge of community events), functional reading/academics (bus schedules/maps, menus, recipes, community safety/access signs, and other functional texts, telling time, classifying, sorting, and using a calendar), utilizing recreation and leisure options (community, workplace breaks), vocational skills (exploring and selecting occupational possibilities, developing appropriate work habits and behavior, seeking, securing, and maintaining employment), achieving self-awareness, self-confidence, and socially responsible behavior.

The goal of the LBUSD ACT Program is to prepare the student identified as an individual with exceptional needs for his/her individual future by enabling the student to improve his/her ability in all areas, so that he/she can function as independently as possible at home, in school, in the community, and in the vocational setting. The tasks and skills that make up the ACT Program Curriculum may be assessed using Performance Data Checklists, a Competency Rating Scale, and/or a Portfolio of Work Samples.

There are currently 19 ACT Program classrooms in LBUSD:  12 located at the Tucker Administrative site, 2 located at CSU Long Beach, 2 located at the Liberal Arts campus of Long Beach City College, and 3 classrooms located on high school campuses (where there are full-time school nurses assigned) for ACT Program students who are medically fragile – two at Lakewood High School and one at Cabrillo High School.  In general, the classrooms of the ACT Program spend a great deal of time away from the base sites listed here; most of this time the students are either at job sites or are otherwise out in the community.


* adapted from Life Centered Career Education, published by the Council for Exceptional Children.


The ACT Program Foundation is a non-profit corporation, recognized by the Internal Revenue Serviceas a 501(c)(3) organization, and was created in 2009 to provide supplemental material support to the classrooms of the Adult Community Transition (ACT) Program in the Long Beach Unified School District. 

 The ACT Program Foundation is a California Public Benefit Corporation, and is recognized by the State of California’s Franchise Tax Board as a Tax-Exempt organization.

 The ACT Program Foundation is registered with the State of California’s Attorney General’s Office on the Registry of Charitable Trusts.

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