It’s a milestone that can be both exciting and nerve-wracking for both parents and children alike – starting high school. High school can feel like a jungle and you want to make sure your child is well-prepared.
With so much to consider, it’s important to make sure your child is prepared for the transition from middle school to high school.
From creating an academic plan to getting familiar with the campus, here are some tips on how to prepare for high school.
Make a Four Year Plan With Your Son/Daughter
High school can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience for any student, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation and guidance, your child can transition from middle school into high school with a plan and the confidence they need to succeed.
To get them ready for this important transition, there are several steps parents should take to help their children prepare for their first year of a new school environment.
The most important step is creating a four-year plan with your son or daughter that outlines what they want to accomplish while in high school. This includes academic goals such as getting good grades or taking AP classes as well as extracurricular activities like joining clubs or sports teams, which may include school supplies they may need.
Discussing these plans ahead of time will make sure your child is on track as a high school student.
A four-year plan also helps with AP courses and college readiness. Many colleges look at high school transcripts and extracurricular activities for admission, so it’s important to start planning early on in high school.
Also, take a look at college applications and career paths to make sure your child is on the right track. You can discuss their interests and goals, and find out which classes they should be taking to prepare them for freshman year and the future.
Make a List of Extracurriculars to Try
Similar to elementary school and middle school, extracurricular activities are an important part of the high school experience. They provide students with the opportunity to explore their interests and get involved in activities they’re passionate about.
Plus, being involved in school clubs or sports is a great way to make connections and build relationships with other high school students and teachers at their new school.
When making a four-year plan with your child, create a list of extracurricular activities that your child may be interested in trying out during their freshman year or entire high school career. This list should include sports teams, clubs, and any other activities that your child is interested in exploring to develop life skills.
Encourage them to try out different extracurriculars each year so they can find the ones that best fit their interests and goals.
Also, make sure to research different clubs or teams that they may be interested in joining. Look into the requirements, meeting times, and any other important information so your child can make an informed decision.
Get To Know Your Teachers
To have a successful transition from elementary school to high school, students need to get to know their teachers. Doing research on your child’s new teachers, as well as setting up a meeting with them, is a great way to start the year off on the right foot.
Researching your child’s teachers can give you insight into their teaching style, classroom expectations, class schedule, necessary school supplies, and any other important details that may be helpful for your child in their new high school classes.
Additionally, setting up a meeting is an excellent way for parents and teachers to get to know one another and develop a rapport. This helps create an open line of communication between parents, teachers, and students that can be beneficial throughout the year.
Plus, it also shows your child that you are invested in their high school education and willing to take the extra steps needed to ensure they have a successful high school experience.
You can also use this meeting as a time to get advice or ask questions about how to choose classes, extracurriculars, or even local colleges your child may be interested in for higher education.
Get to Know the Campus
To ensure your child is comfortable at their new school, it’s important to get familiar with the campus before classes start.
Take time to explore the buildings, find out where certain classes are held, and map out potential routes for getting around. Having this knowledge ahead of time will help make sure your child feels more confident on their first day of school.
You can also look into any clubs or organizations that your child may want to join so they can familiarize themselves with the environment in advance.
Finding the locations and classrooms and clubs can help your child find it easier to navigate the campus. Your child may even get to witness a few activities, meet some of the members they will be working with or connect with new friends.
This will give them a better idea of what to expect and help them become familiar with their new school.
Getting a Head Start
Starting the school year off on the right foot, both academically and socially, is important for your child’s success. You can help begin preparing your child for the upcoming school year by taking a dry run of their routine a week or so before the first few weeks.
This will give you the chance to see what route works best for getting to and from school, where you should drop off and pick up your child, and any other details that may be helpful in the transition from middle or elementary school.
This is also an excellent opportunity to practice time management skills with your child. Going through different scenarios ahead of time can help them visualize how they can manage their time better during the school year.
From studying times and class schedules to extracurricular activities and social events, students need to understand how they can use their time wisely to make sure they are successful.
This will allow you to go through all of the logistics such as locating drop-off and pick-up points on campus, finding out which bus route to take, etc.
Familiarizing yourself with these details beforehand will ensure that the transition from home to school is as smooth as possible. This will help ease any anxiety your child may have and set them up for success in the upcoming school year.
Doing these things together can also be an excellent bonding opportunity for you and your son or daughter. Make sure to take time to enjoy it; after all, this is a very important milestone in their life!
Having a four-year plan with your child, researching their teachers and campus, and getting a head start as the school year begins can help ensure that your child has a successful high school experience.
Making sure to take the time to properly prepare for each new school year is important for setting up your child for success in the years to come.
With these tips in mind, you can provide support, guidance, and encouragement throughout your entire high school journey.
Here at Central Christian Academy, we understand that high school can be a challenging, yet rewarding experience.
That’s why we are committed to providing our students with the necessary tools and resources to ensure a successful transition into their academic careers.
With our strong emphasis on academics, athletics, and extracurriculars, we are confident that our students can reach their goals and have a successful high school experience.
We are excited to be part of your child’s journey and look forward to helping them reach all of their academic goals!