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Transitioning Your Child to a New Middle School Helping Them Succeed

August 22, 2023

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Transitioning from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school, significant changes are sometimes unavoidable. The new school year is quickly approaching, and for some kids, that means making a big transition. As a parent, you want your child to succeed in their academic, social, and personal pursuits. Moving to a new school can cause stress and anxiety. It’s a critical time for your child, which requires patience, understanding, and support as they navigate these changes. At King’s Middle School in Shoreline, WA, we want to make your child’s transition as smooth as possible. Here are some tips for you to help make the move to a new school easier.   

Acknowledge your child’s feelings toward transitioning

Moving to a new school can be daunting, so it’s essential to validate your child’s emotions. Listen to their concerns and be responsive. Encourage them to talk to you and let them know that you are there for them. Try not to dismiss their worries and anxieties. instead, acknowledge them and reassure them that these feelings are normal. For some children, this transition may be seamless, it just depends on their personality.  

Get involved at their Middle School  

As a parent, get involved with your child’s school to help their transition. Meet their teachers, counselors, and other staff members. Attend parent-teacher meetings and school events to build relationships with the school community. Encourage your child to join extracurricular activities, clubs, and electives that interest them. It helps them feel involved, increases their sense of belonging, and boosts confidence. King’s Middle School offers students a wide variety of electives to help them try new things and make new friends. Check them out here. 

Plan and prepare for transitioning

Planning and preparations are crucial to a smooth transition. This includes gathering all the administrative documents that you need in advance, like school records, medical documents, etc. Go on a tour of the new school, take advantage of the orientation programs, and familiarize your child with the new environment. After-school care options and transportation arrangements can also play a significant role in easing transitioning. Here are some additional tips for helping your students prepare for the new school year.  

Maintaining the routine during the transition  

A new school means a new routine. Encourage your child to maintain their previous sleep schedule, mealtime habits, and after-school activities. Build a routine that caters to your child’s learning style while maintaining a balance of rest and playtime. Helping your child develop healthy habits and a consistent routine is essential in helping them build resilience in challenging times. 

Foster a positive attitude with your middle school student  

It’s essential to cultivate a positive attitude toward change. Your attitude as a parent towards the new school will influence how your child feels. It is really important to be positive about the new school and about your child growing up. Emphasize how this new experience will bring new opportunities, friends, and learning. Encourage your child to see change as an opportunity to grow, learn, and develop vital life skills like resilience, adaptability, and decision-making. Use examples of how you faced similar challenges and how you overcame them. 

Change is difficult, and transitioning can be stressful for students as well as parents. We are praying for you and your student as you face this new season. Remember, each child is unique, and the transition process might take time for some children. But with patience, understanding, and support, your child will quickly settle into their new school environment. Transitioning to a new school can be a challenging and rewarding experience; it’s essential for parents to play an active role in guiding their children through this process. If you are in the Seattle, WA, area and are looking for a school that partners with you in developing your child academically and spiritually, then King’s Schools is the perfect fit! Schedule a tour today!