Middle School Readiness

High school graduation is not the end of your students’ education; it is just the beginning. Success in elementary school and a seamless transition to 7th grade is an important step towards the many options after high school, including technical training, two-year college or four-year university.

Families play an important role in supporting students to meet their goals. Here is how you can help. 

Four Ways to Help Your Student Succeed

Attendance Matters

Every day of school is important for your child’s learning. Research shows students who miss two or more days each month are less likely to be successful in school.

HOW FAMILIES CAN HELP: 

  • Talk to your student about the importance of being in school every day. 
  • Help your student get out the door on time each morning in order to arrive at school on time. 
  • Set a regular schedule for your student with limits on bedtime. 
  • Do not let your student stay home unless they are truly sick. 
  • Make appointments for your student outside of school hours.

Read more about the importance of attendance.

Learning is Important

In middle school students are developing knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for success in high school and beyond. It is important that students take the learning in every class seriously and do their very best.

HOW FAMILIES CAN HELP: 

  • Talk to your student about their grades and goals. 
  • Encourage your student to ask for help if they are struggling with a class or content. 
  • Get to know your student’s teachers. Reach out to them if you have questions. 
  • Learn how to check your student’s grades online. 

Social-Emotional Considerations

In middle school, students experience many changes—physically, emotionally, and socially. It’s important to talk with your student about these changes and keep lines of communication open.

HOW FAMILIES CAN HELP:

  • In middle school, students have an advisory teacher and a school counselor who can support your student if they are experiencing difficulties in or outside of the classroom. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them.
  • Make sure your student knows your family values around drug and alcohol use.
  • Let someone know if you become aware of dramatic changes in your student’s behavior.

Family Involvement is Key

The transition to middle school can be challenging for students and families. Stay involved, your student needs you now more than ever. 

How Families Can Help: 

  • Attend school open houses, meetings and conferences to get information on what students are learning and how learning is measured. 
  • Review your student’s report cards and keep track of their progress.
  • Get to know your student’s teachers and counselors. Encourage them to let you know if there is a problem, then work together to solve it.