Helping Students Adjust to Middle School

Middle School Dublin

The move to middle school is a major transition, and it’s natural for your child to get butterflies in his or her stomach. Encourage your child to talk about concerns, which may involve social issues, academics, and the simple logistics of finding one’s way around the new school. Be positive, and remind your student that his or her first day at college prep school is also the first day for other students—your child won’t be the only nervous student there.

Talk about logistics.
Informal research suggests that logistics are among the top concerns of rising middle schoolers. Your child may be worried about:

  • How to find the right classroom
  • How to find and open the locker
  • What happens if he or she is late to a class
  • Whether it’s acceptable to leave during class to go to the restroom
  • How to navigate the line at the cafeteria

You can address these concerns by having your child read any information packets sent by the school, exploring the school’s website together, and arranging for an in-person visit. Talk about the bell schedule, and let your child know it’s alright if he or she can’t memorize the schedule or locker combination right away. He or she can keep a “cheat sheet” of essential info in an assignment notebook.

Address social concerns.
If your child went to an elementary school within the same school system, he or she can expect to see many of the same students in middle school. Have your child call his or her current friends to chat about the upcoming school year. Students may feel more self-confident after commiserating with their peers.

Encourage healthy habits.
The transition to middle school can be stressful, so healthy habits are particularly important. Make sure your student gets to bed on time, and eats a nutritious breakfast.

The Quarry Lane School offers a challenging academic curriculum that empowers students to reach their full potential. Our private middle school students have the opportunity to build character, and to become more mature, resilient, and independent learners. Get in touch with our college preparatory school in Pleasanton and Dublin, CA by calling (925) 829-8000.

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday
  • Closed Sunday