The transition from middle school to high school is an exciting time, but it is not without its challenges. Even in an online setting, without the added pressures of navigating the hallways of a new school and new social dynamics, the transition process can be overwhelming for kids and parents. High school means harder courses, more teachers, more independence and more responsibility for coursework, all of which can be tough to adjust to.
For K12 students the high school years are a time when parents “step back but not away”. Parents provide moral support and advice, but are not directly involved in students’ academic work as they were in the lower grades.
Instead, high school students now have dedicated teachers for each subject, as well as access to advisors and counselors to help them. In high school, it’s up to students to stay on track with assignments, manage their schedule themselves, and communicate with teachers.
What steps can parents take to ease the transition?