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The Middle School to

High School Transition
How to support your student
Differences
MIDDLE SCHOOL

O Credits are not counted
O Team taught classes
O Closed campus
O Oldest in the school right
now!
O No dances



HIGH SCHOOL

O 50 minute classes/block
O No locker partners
O More extracurricular
opportunities
O More homework
O Community Service
O Senior Project
O More foreign languages,
more electives
O Credits and grades count
O More
rights/responsibilities
O Can earn college credit
O New beginnings
Differences
O High Schools tend to be much larger than
middle schools.
O Change in peer relationships
O Relationships between teachers and students
can be more impersonal
O Teaching styles change; more lecturing and
less discussion of students’ ideas
O Discipline and order tend to be emphasized in
high schools; teachers are stricter in high
school
O Increase in workload
Student Concerns

O Amount of homework
O Hard classes
O Getting lost
O Social concerns
O Peer relationships
O Bullying
O Older students
O School rules


Being Successful – Students

O High School Orientation
O Visit the school and take a tour
O Meet your teachers
O Regularly review your grades
O Review High school handbook
O Understand your graduation requirements
O Understand the Grade Point Average
O Be organized
O Develop good study habits
O Develop a support system – (friends, teachers,
counselor, etc)
O Get involved
O Have fun!

Being Organized
O Use a planner and calendar
O Create a daily homework routine
O Communicate with their teachers and
counselors
O Do not procrastinate

Being Successful - Parents
O Be Involved
O Interest in grades
O Involvement in school, PTA, Volunteer
O Open communication with Student and
Teacher
O Help your student pick their courses and
understand graduation requirements
O Talk to your students about making new
friends and friendship changes

Dealing with Peer Pressure
O Supporting your student and encouraging them to be the one to say
no when appropriate.
O Reinforcing what is right and wrong and rewarding them for
sticking to their beliefs.
O Help them come up with excuses so they can remove themselves
from bad situations.
O It can really help to have at least one other peer, or friend, who is
willing to say "no," too.
O Help them decide what is important in picking friends.
O Tell them to simply stay away from peers who pressure you to do
stuff you know is wrong.
O Talking to a parent, teacher, or school counselor can help you feel
much better and prepare you for the next time you face peer
pressure.

Kids Health (2010).
Advocates
O Contact teachers, and the school
counseling staff to help support your
student. Communication is very important.
O School Counselors are advocates for you,
they can help you find community services
to help support your family and they can
identify programs in the school system to
help your student succeed.
Resources
O Women’s and Children’s Health Network
O http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTo
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O American School Counselors Association
O http://www.schoolcounselor.org/parents-
public/parent-resources
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Media