Transitioning from eighth grade to high school is a big milestone and a critical time in a student’s life. According to a research brief from the University of Chicago, students who pass their freshman level classes are very likely to graduate from high school, while those who fail a class or two are at high risk of never graduating. Many students finish eighth grade, but drop out before they even start high school.
Parents have a significant impact in helping their child transition successfully to high school. There are many factors that educators believe lead to this dismal trend, especially focusing on the academic achievement of a student. Parents should use a holistic approach with their child, focusing on emotional well-being, social well-being, physical health, and academic achievement. All of these factors affect how a child performs in high school.
Today I will address the emotional and social well-being approaches. In part two of this series, which will publish next week, I will address the physical health and academic achievement approaches.
Here are some helpful tips for parents to implement to help their child successfully transition to high school:
Your child may be feeling anxious and nervous about transitioning to high school.
It is critical that your child socializes with friends who will positively influence your child's path.
These efforts are relatively easy ways for you as a parent to engage with your child and prevent him or her from dropping out of school. Next week I will give you tips on addressing your child’s physical health and academic achievement.