5 Tips for Making the transition: Middle School to High School

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5 Tips for Making the transition: Middle School to High School   

It is absolutely normal for adolescents to have a mixture of emotions when transitioning from middle school to high school. A concoction of excitement, worry, and anticipation can take a great toll on the adolescent if proper guidance and advice are lacking. Adolescents are not only transitioning from middle school to high school but are in a vital stage in their life where they are subjects to emotional turmoil. What should a parent do to ensure the adolescent has a smooth transition to high school?

We have provided 5 tips to help guardians and parents to better understand this transition, which we are confident will help any young student settle easily into the high school curriculum.

Our top 5 tips for a smooth transition from middle school to high school are as follows:

1. Help the students familiarize themselves with high school beforehand

There is only one way to demystify the many misconceptions that teens have about high school; take them there. Before or just after middle school take a tour of a nearby high school or the very high school they intend to join and let them have a feel of what high school life is like. Let them talk to a few tutors and interact with a couple high school students to get an understanding of what life in high school is all about. Three to four visits in Spring especially, should do the trick and help him/her transition to high school easily.

2. Help them foster their relationships and friendships

There is normally a crisis period for adolescents leaving middle school to enter high school due to the loss of some of  their middle school friends. Social interactions and relationships are vital to the overall growth of young adolescents. It is therefore important to ensure that your adolescent student doesn’t go into high school with the fear of losing their friends. Explain the importance of making more friends and encourage your student to engage in sports and other extra-curricular activities in school.

3. Big brother/ big sister programs

One popular program present in many high schools is a Big Brother/Sister program, which pairs Seniors with students just entering high school and allows the older students to advise and guide the younger students through the daily workings of their particular school. This program helps the younger adolescent adjust more quickly to the procedural, social, and academic changes of high school.

4. Academic work

There is a significant difference in academic expectations of high school and middle school students. The performance of younger adolescents could be negatively affected in they are not made aware these differences in the early phases of their transition to high school. Exposing students to the actual high school course work before they begin classes may provide an easier adjustment to their new course load. Allowing them to look over assignments, read textbooks and attend academic fairs will help them to sooner understand what they will be expected to learn and will allow for an effortless acclimation to their new course work.

5. Avoid painting a negative picture of high school

Providing your student will positive expectations of high school and painting them a favorable portrait of life in high school will set them up to enjoy their time as a high school student. Sharing your good experiences in high school will allow them look forward to their high school transition.

These tips will help you guide the student to smoothly transition from middle school to high school without any problem.