SAIL Transition Program

The SAIL (Students Achieving Independent Life) Transition Program is a post high school special education transition program available to students at Minnetonka Schools as determined by their Individual Education Plan (IEP) team. Using the IEP team process, SAIL Transition Program services support students to achieve their goals by providing specialized instruction, training, and support.

Students have access to skill-development activities designed to meet their individual needs in the five transition areas listed below:

  • Jobs and job training
  • Recreation and leisure
  • Community participation
  • Independent living
  • Post-secondary/Post-school planning

The SAIL program is designed to assist students in preparing for success in adult life by focusing on student and team identified transition outcomes. This program is unique in that it focuses on building skills to help transition to life after public school. Students will engage in classroom and community activities that will benefit both the student and the community. The focus for learners will be on growth in independence in living, working and acquiring new skills. High School coursework and curriculum is typically no longer appropriate for supporting student progress on individualized goals. 

Direct and related services are offered onsite at the SAIL program. Students may also receive services offsite or via coordination with community, adult services and interagency relationships.

Frequently Asked Questions

S.A.I.L. students and their teacher in a classroom

Below are answers to common questions about the SAIL Transition Program.

Ready to Enroll?

We recommend that all families start with a tour. Please click on the button below to schedule your visit.

Request a School Tour

If you have additional questions, please contact Erin Valenta by phone at 952-283-8220 or by email at to learn more about S.A.I.L and starting the enrollment process.

S.A.I.L. Transition Program Building
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Contact Us

Erin Valenta
Director of Special Education 952-283-8220


SAIL Transition Center
19685 Highway 7
Shorewood, MN 55331

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S.A.I.L. Students Gain Business Experience Through Dog Treat Project

Students gained valuable, unique skills managing multiple aspects of the business. “The biggest highlight has been the ownership the students have over the business,” shared Erin Valenta.  As it is a real-life product and sale, it has a different meaning to them versus a classroom simulation.”

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