The National Parent Teacher Association suggests the following strategies for family involvement during the transition from middle to high school:
- Keep the lines of communication open between you and your preteen. Ask open-ended questions, which require more than a yes or no answer. For example, you might ask, “What did you do that was interesting today?” as opposed to “Did you have math today?”
- Continue to provide rules and structure for your children, inviting them to contribute to the establishment of the rules.
- Encourage your preteens early on to familiarize themselves with their class schedule, locker procedures, school rules, and so forth in order to decrease anxiety.
- Provide opportunities for your preteen to become more responsible, whether it’s locating volunteer opportunities in the community or assigning them regular household chores.
- Get to know the school’s administration and faculty, so that you can keep track of your preteen’s progress.
- Request copies of the school calendar, discipline and other policies, class outlines, and so forth if these are not routinely sent to parents. Make sure, too, that you receive your student’s report card every quarter.
- Continue to do things as a family, whether having dinner together or taking day-trips to places of interest to your child.
- National Parent Teacher Association PTA – Every child. One voice. Search for middle to high school transition.