Transitioning to High School

  • Transitioning to high school can be both a time of uncertainty and excitement. You will have new classmates, new teachers and a set new expectations, as well as a breadth of opportunities. An adjustment period is normal.

    Here are a few tips to help you as you adjust to high school:

    road sign showing different directions to Middle School and High School

    1. Learn the logistics. Get organized. Learn the location of your locker and combination, the layout of the building, your class schedule and resources available. Find out where the counseling office is and any possible tutoring opportunities. Know the bell schedule and passing period time.
    2. Learn to problem-solve. As a student, you are your best advocate, and having the ability to problem-solve is a great skill to learn and practice while in high school. You know best as a student what your needs are, how to identify the problem and access the resources around you to get the best support. Resources could be teachers, counselors or locations in the school like the library or academic resource centers.
    3. Monitor your own progress. It is important to know where you stand academically and staying on top of things will matter. Don’t assume your teachers are in communication with your family. Take ownership of your academic experience and progress by logging into PowerSchool to track your assignments, grades and attendance.
    4. Establish a routine. As a high-school student, you will get very busy and learning to be a master of time management is key. Some students use a planner to help stay organized. Establishing a routine will help you balance academics, athletics and social life.
    5. Get involved by joining a club or sport. The heartbeat of high school begins with your involvement in clubs and sports. Studies show that when students feel connected to school, there is improvement in academic achievement. Check your school’s activities and athletic offices for a list of opportunities.
    6. Build relationships. It is important for you to get to know your counselor and teachers. Counselors and teachers can be some of the best advocates for you. They also want to partner with your family to ensure your success.
    7. Ask Questions. When things don’t seem right or if you have concerns, ask questions.
Last Modified on November 21, 2023