Invite middle schoolers to shadow high school students for a day!
Transitioning from middle to high school can be tough. Help the transition go more smoothly by inviting middle schoolers to shadow high schoolers through their classes and activities.
Start with the day with a mini-orientation and welcome for middle schoolers, followed a chance to meet their host students. Consider hosting a group lunch for everyone.
At the end of the day, leave time for students to ask questions and exchange contact information if they wish.
Tips & Suggestions:
- If possible, have the same students welcome the middle schoolers back when they start as ninth graders.
- Easing the transition between middle school and high school can help reduce the prevalence of high school dropout (Cohen & Smerdon, 2009).
- Students fail 9th grade more frequently than any other grade (Cauley & Jovanovich, 2006).
- A difficult transition from middle school to high school can be disproportionately more consequential for students of color and low-income students (Cauley & Jovanovich, 2006).