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Guidance Department

Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School

 

Students may find that transitioning from the safeguard of one classroom with the same teacher and friends to the independent structure and environment of middle school is an overwhelming and frightening experience.  During the transition from elementary to middle school, many students feel the need to assert their independence; perhaps for the first time.

 

Middle School requires students to attend not one class, but six or seven classes, each with its own teacher and homework.  Many students discover that the few hundred students they have known at their elementary school have been replaced with more and sometimes physically larger, students.

 

These and other changes may cause the student to be fearful, anxious and apprehensive.  Parents need to pay close attention to their child’s needs and help support their child as the child seeks to become more independent.

 

Listed below are a few tips for parents to ease their child’s transition into middle school:

 

  1. Talk to your child daily about school activities and events
  2. Ask questions which require more than a yes or no answer
  3. Try not to make changes to the familiarity of their home structure and routines
  4. Listen to their ideas for establishing home rules and incorporate them when possible
  5. Schedule regular meetings with the teachers, counselor, and meet the principal
  6. Help familiarize your child with their school schedule, calendar, locker rules, school rules
  7. Review the child’s report card with the teacher and your child
  8. Maintain regular family events, family dinners or other activities and routines

 

 

Submitted by:

Florence Evans, M.Ed.

Sixth Grade School Counselor

 

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation

Last Modified on February 17, 2011