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Applying to the REACH Program

**The REACH Program is a Non-Degree Certificate Program.

**The REACH Program is not a dual-enrollment program.

**Transfer credits from other colleges or postsecondary programs are not accepted.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available in September.

Who Should Apply?

Applicants must:

  • Have a mild intellectual and/or developmental disability and/or a disability that significantly interferes with their academic performance, social development, and independent living skills;
  • Have been eligible for special education and/or related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); 
  • Be at least 18-years old and have completed a high school program;
  • Have the ability to read and complete math at a functional level;
  • Demonstrate the ability to accept responsibility for his/her actions and have no history of disruptive or challenging behaviors (the REACH Program does not have the personnel needed to manage behavioral issues);
  • Be independent in handling his/her specialized dietary and/or medical needs, including medication (the REACH staff will not manage, supervise, or administer medication);
  • Independently demonstrate a desire to attend the REACH Program at the College of Charleston; and
  • Agree to participate in all courses, sessions, internships, and employment training.

Application Process

  • Complete and submit the application packet (include all required documentation and the application fee).
  • Completed application packets will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee beginning in October.
  • Admissions are done on a rolling basis, so there is no formal deadline. The Program continues to accept and review applications until all spots in the incoming class have been filled.
  • Students are notified by mail if they have been selected for an interview. If selected, the applicant must participate in the interview process with and without reinforcement from family/support persons and must complete a writing sample during the interview.
  • Students are notified by mail if they have been selected for admission into the REACH Program.
  • Applicants accepted into the REACH Program must be available to attend a two-day College of Charleston Freshman Orientation in the summer.
  • The REACH Program admits twelve (12) students per year.

All applications must include the following information:

  • Student Application and $50 application fee made out to College of Charleston;
  • Student Questionnaire to be completed by the applicant (student) – please indicate if a scribe is used;
  • Personal Support Questionnaire completed by parent;
  • Official High School Transcript (must be sent directly by school);
  • Behavior/Discipline records (if no records exist, we will need a school administrator write a letter stating there have been no incidents and have it sent directly to us from the school);
  • Current IEP which serves as evidence of applicant’s eligibility for special education and related services under the IDEA;
  • Current Psychoeducational Evaluation [conducted within the past three (3) years];
  • Most recent Neuropsychological Evaluation;
  • Three (3) Recommendation Forms from non-family members who have known the applicant for at least three (3) years. At least one (1) recommendation must be from an educator. Recommendation forms are included in the downloadable application packet; and
  • If applicable, copy of guardianship agreement.