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The REACH Program is a Non-Degree Certificate Program

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

Applying to the REACH Program!

 Apply now by completing the Application Packet.

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

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 including discipline records (must be sent directly by school);
  • Behavioral records;
  • Current IEP which serves as evidence of applicant’s eligibility for special education and related services under the IDEA;
  • Current Educational Evaluations (conducted within the past three (3) years);
  • Psychological/Behavioral Evaluation (within last three (3) years);
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation forms from non-family members who have known the applicant for at least three (3) years. Recommendations should include at least one (1) from an educator. Recommendation forms are included in the packet; and
  • If applicable, copy of guardianship agreement.