The Move From Middle to High School
Moving from middle school to high school can be challenging and exciting for both the student and the parent. In high school, your child will encounter new situations that come with growing independence: choosing elective classes, meeting graduation requirements, developing self-advocacy skills, driving, dating, becoming a legal adult and planning for life after graduation. Help your child make a smooth transition to high school with these 3 tips.
- Talk with your child about their high school. Find out any concerns he or she may have
- During the summer, make it a point to drive by the school a few times
- Arrange a visit the week before school starts for your child to meet teachers and staff, practice self-advocacy skills, and become familiar with the building before it is crowded with other students. It may be helpful to:
- Locate restrooms and water fountains, the nurse’s and counselor’s offices, the cafeteria, and the special education resource room. Scout out the best routes between classrooms. Practice using the hall and gym lockers. If the lockers or locks need to be changed to accommodate your child’s needs, be sure to discuss this with administrators at the new school ahead of time.
- Introduce your student to the case manager in charge of their IEP
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