ERIC Number: ED432411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Middle School Students Make the Transition into High School. ERIC Digest.
Mizelle, Nancy B.
Young adolescents entering high school look forward to having more choices and making new and more friends; however, they also are concerned about being picked on and teased by older students, having harder work, making lower grades, and getting lost in a larger, unfamiliar school. For middle school students, including those who have been labeled "gifted" or "high-achieving," the transition into high school can be an unpleasant experience. This Digest discusses how educators can ease students' transition into high school by providing challenging and supportive middle school environments and by providing well-designed transition programs. These programs should include activities that provide information to students and parents, activities that provide social support, and activities that bring middle and high school educators together. Finally, the importance of parents being involved in their young adolescent students' transition from middle to high school can hardly be overestimated, and parent involvement in the transition process can be encouraged through a variety of activities, including conferences with the high school counselors and school visits. (LPP)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Champaign, IL.