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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.

Our application for Fall 2019: Here

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 including discipline records (must be sent directly by school);
  • Behavioral 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 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.