4PLUS/Transition

Students making a meal in the 4PLUS kitchen.
In addition to tutoring and work skills, 4PLUS teaches life skills.
Student working with large type on screen.
4PLUS for blind and visually impaired students in Iowa is also housed on the ISD campus in Council Bluffs. See details toward end of page.

Post Senior Learning for Ultimate Success (4PLUS) offers extra support as deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired students from their home districts in Iowa pursue jobs in the community (independent employment) or take classes at local two-year colleges. Students need not have enrolled at ISD during their high school years to be eligible. Room, board, transportation and all other program costs are provided at no charge to students. School districts initially pay for tuition; then are reimbursed.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Meet all requirements for high school graduation but not received a diploma
  • IEP team has determined additional transition goals are needed beyond 12th grade
  • Documented hearing loss for deaf and hard of hearing students
  • Documented vision loss for blind and visually impaired students
  • Under the age of 21
  • Criteria is met for one of the following paths:
    • Employment Path: Must be capable of independent employment, willing and able to work weekends and/or holidays, IEP team decision based on need for independent living and/or employment skills. Students on this path must be willing and able to work in the metro area 3 out of 4 weekends per month, adhere to the work schedule, and must accept a variety of work experiences. Preferences cannot be guaranteed.
    • College Certification Path: IEP team decision based on interest and aptitude of student, IEP team decisions based on need for independent living and/or employment skills, Vocational Rehabilitation IPE and/or teacher recommendation. Students in the certification training program should be capable of certificate training program course work and career work, are expected to attend all college classes and are required to work or volunteer part time.
    • College Degree Path (must have 3  of the 4 following criteria): ACT composite score of 14, Lexile score of 900 or above (approximately 6th grade level grade equivalency), high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 in non-modified courses, teacher recommendation. Students on the College Degree Path are limited to 3 college classes per semester, and are expected to attend all college classes. Students are required to work or volunteer part time.
  • All 4PLUS students will attend at least 10 hours of classes or tutoring at the 4PLUS Center. Students will also comply with all Iowa School for the Deaf campus rules and regulations as well as comply with all college campus rules and regulations.
  • Click HERE for a printable flyer.

Program Services:

Students are provided instruction, support and practice in the following areas. Classes are determined by the IEP team.

  • Employability readiness skills
  • Budgeting/finance
  • Personal/professional relationships
  • Independent health & lifelong fitness
  • Driver’s education (if applicable)
  • Independent living skills
  • Civics/current events
  • Community awareness & exploration
  • Nutrition/meal planning & cooking
  • English, basic math (if needed)
  • Vocabulary is emphasized in all courses.

4PLUS contacts:
Rebecca Gaw
Iowa School for the Deaf High School Principal   PH: 712.366.3237

Gwen Woodward
Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Western Iowa Regional Director  PH: 319.310.3408

Iowa School for the Deaf also houses the Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired 4PLUS program, which is set up in a dedicated space. Information on the program is available HERE.

Iowa School for the Deaf
3501 Harry Langdon Blvd.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503


PH: 712.366.0571