Back to School with the Best Attitude; Transitioning to High School


Your kids have been out of school for weeks but summer vacation is coming to an end and it’s finally time to get mentally ready to head back into the classroom. Understandably, for many students this will be a difficult feat. Professors, teachers, kids and parents all go through some sadness after a long break from school schedules.

Going back to school can be stressful due to routines and managing workloads. Proactive activities can help alleviate and overcome back to school blues, here are some helpful tips;

Make an end of summer checklist; write down things to do before the summer ends. Your list might include things like taking a road trip, visiting with friends or camping at the nearest state park.

End the break with a summer party! Have a big party to blow off steam. Whether it's a barbecue with friends or a campfire and s’mores, taking some time to have fun is a great way to prepare for the year ahead.

Prepare your summer stories; remembering highlights of your summer is sure to put you in a good mood.

Rekindle old friendships; reach out to friends you lost contact with over the summer and reunite with them. It’s always exciting to see old friends again.

Set new goals; set goals for the new school year and write them down. Having goals gives you something to work toward.

Get back into a routine; if you practice a schedule it will help you ease into a school routine better.

Plan a school shopping trip; brand new school supplies always help students get back into the classroom mindset, a brand new backpack or notebook may be just what your kids need.

Transitioning from middle to high school

The move from middle to high school is a big time in a students’ life. It can stir emotions ranging from excitement and anticipation to fear and anxiety. Here are some top concerns students transitioning to high school may have.

Making friends; making good choices when it comes to friends in high school can help shape a student’s future. Adults can encourage students to work in groups and get to know their peers as well as get involved in clubs, musical groups or team sports.

Academic workload; there is a common fear that students will not be able to handle the increased workload while trying to expand their horizons into clubs and team sports. School work should always come first, knowing class requirements can help students keep up with their academics. Adults can help by frequently checking with their child or student about their workload and make sure there is ample time to complete homework and projects.

New teachers to get to know; many transitioning students have concerns or questions about their teachers when entering high school. Adults and teachers can help by planning an Open House where students can meet their teachers and learn their expectations.

Small fish in a big pond; in some cases freshman will be in a class with upperclassman. Adults and teachers can help ease their concerns by giving younger students an older mentor in the class who can offer advice or answer questions. Teachers are encouraged to check in with younger students once a week. Being aware can help head off any problems that may arise.