About Us

  • The Essential Skills Transition Program @ Diann Banks provides individualized instruction and transitional programs and services for students aged 18-26 with mild cognitive impairments. The students receive instruction in the four areas of transition services: education/training, employment, independent living, and community participation. The students are also provided instruction in reading, basic math, adaptive physical education and life skills management. The students participate in community-based instruction as well as participate in extracurricular activities.

    Our Vision

    The Detroit Public Schools Community District's Essential Skill Transition Program (ESTP) supports each student’s individual purpose and passion, while promoting progression from K-12 education to employment training, in the four areas of transition: education/training, employment, independent living, and community participation.


    Our Mission

    The Detroit Public Schools Community Districts Essential Skills Transition Program (ESTP) prepares young adults with exceptionalities, ages 18-26, for 21st century workforce success and independence. Essential Skills are developed through individualized transition planning and collaboration with the participant, family, school, and community partnerships.

    Wraparound Services

    • School Social Worker

    • Speech Pathologist

    Athletics and Activities

    • Special Olympics

    • Adaptive Physical Education


    • Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)

    • Services to Enhance Potential (STEP)

    • Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN)

    • DTE Energy

    • Project SEARCH

    • Disability Network

    • City of Detroit 

    • Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)


Contact Us

  • 5020 Cadieux, Detroit, MI 48224
    Phone: (313) 347-7280
    Fax: (313) 922-5369

    Sarah Jardine, ESE Lead Administrator - Cohort 3


  • Upon successful completion of the Essential Skills Transition Program (ESTP), students will have achieved successful mastery within the four domains as follows:


    Students will have successfully received a high school GED or equivalent and/or students will have completed the necessary training required in their field of study and gained appropriate certifications.


    Students will have completed all requirements for their individual field of study, including the attainment of necessary certifications. Students will have mastered required employability skills including resume building and successful interview skills. 

    Adult Living

    Students will have the skills necessary to function independently, including the ability to financially plan, self-advocate, perform basic housekeeping, understand basic home maintenance (as appropriate), time-management skills, accessing transportation, and other skills deemed appropriate for students on an independent basis.

    Community Participation

    Students will have a thorough understanding of what it means to live in a community, including appropriate socialization skills, ability to access resources (transportation, community agencies, etc.), and the promotion of meaningful community participation. 

  • 18 - 26 Ages Served
  • 9:00am - 4:10pm Bell Schedule
  • Yes Transportation
  • No Application Required
  • No Uniform
  • 133 Students Enrollment