For many parents of middle schoolers, the transition to the often bigger high school can seem overwhelming. There are so many curriculum choices and students are often given more independence in their course selection. College applications require a student’s transcript to display grades since the ninth grade, so the choices they make now may have an impact on their later opportunities. Here are a few of our tips to help your child make a smooth and seamless transition to their next school:
At this time of year, my colleagues and I begin to field a lot of questions about high school selection. “Does it matter where my student goes to high school?” “How will colleges compare High School A to High School B?” “Is it true that going to private school helps a student in the college admission process?” Whether the questions are from the younger siblings of our clients or a friendly neighbor down the street, the families are asking simply because they want to guarantee that their students start high school off on the right foot.
For students considering various high school options, the school visit can be a crucial part of the decision making process. At private and charter schools, visit days are usually intimate experiences; often, much of the day is spent one-on-one with you, your parents, and various administrators, students, or high school admissions officers.