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:
Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation