Easy Ways School Websites Can Prepare Students for High School
Middle school is where students learn a more intense curriculum and develop strong study habits. It is also supposed to prepare students for the next step in their educational pathway; high school. Middle school and high school are drastically different in a variety of aspects, which causes some to find the transition very daunting.
Personally, I went from a very small middle school to a very large high school, and I did not know many people. This was pretty scary for me, as the new environment was something I was not used to. My first semester of high school was not the best, but eventually everything fell into place. With that being said, there was information I wish I had known before entering high school. By having this information on school websites, students can feel more prepared for high school.
Basic Tips Should be on the School Websites
Although it may not always come across this way, at the end of the day, students value their teachers’ opinions and advice. They can recognize that they once were in similar scenarios and can provide helpful information. Including tips from teachers to prepare students for high school will be very beneficial. This can be basic advice like: to bring a planner, stay focused, and prioritize school work. It can also be guided towards more complex issues, such as how to effectively manage time or how to balance school and extracurriculars, etc.
It could also be very useful to have a section with tips from fellow middle school alumni who are currently in high school. They likely had very similar experiences to what the current students will, and their advice can be valuable. From my personal experience, I would highly recommend trying to get involved in clubs or sports that you are passionate about. Not only does this give students an activity to be preoccupied with, it also will introduce them to people who share common interests to them, a process that could otherwise be intimidating. These tips should all be located on the school website with easy access.
Post Resources on the School Website
An alternative way to give students advice to prepare them for high school is by linking to resources in the school website. Students vary within their preferences of communication, so having a few different types of resources will be most beneficial. For students that learn best by watching before doing, there are tons of youtube videos available for them to watch. I recommend this one, as well as any other videos published by the channel “Studyign” on Youtube related to school. There are also endless videos of people sharing their experiences throughout high school and what they wish they had known, which can also be linked.
For students who prefer reading to grasp information, there are blogs online guided towards school related concerns. One I particularly find useful is published by a blog called the “College Vine” targeted towards eighth graders, soon to make the transition to high school. You can check out this blog and many others here. In addition, there are many tips scattered throughout a variety of social media platforms. The Instagram hashtag #highschooltipsforfreshman has very helpful posts with many pieces of advice!
As previously stated, the advice from alumni is arguably what current middle school students will value the most. Being so close in age inspires even the most stubborn students to listen and process the information being given to them. This is why it will be super beneficial to have a network of alumni that students can turn to for advice. Having tips from alumni published on the school website will be very helpful to students who seek the information. There could even be a designated day where alumni come back to the middle school and allow the current students to ask them all they have questions or concerns about.
During my freshman year of high school, I periodically visited my middle school to visit the teachers and students. When I visited, lots of students asked me questions about my experience in my high school and for any tips they should know prior. They also questioned whether the curriculum they learned throughout middle school was sufficient enough compared to high school. It was very helpful for me to answer these questions for these students, and students in similar situations can also benefit from asking alumni questions.
The high school transition can be incredibly nerve-wracking for certain students, and with these tips it can be made easier. No student should have their grades suffer because of a hard transition, and by being prepared beforehand this can be avoided.
My name is Caroline Bradkin, and I am a seventeen year-old high school senior at Palisades Charter High School. I am the Director of Communications for Palisades DECA, a program that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in various aspects of business. I am also the founder of the Board Games Club, a club dedicated to limiting technology use and teaching younger kids how to play games. I also cheer for my high school varsity cheer team and have been since my sophomore year. When I am not at school, I enjoy volunteering at NKLA, a no-kill animal shelter in Los Angeles. I am joining Edlio this summer through The Intern Project (TIP) as a marketing intern. After high school, I plan on pursuing a career in marketing or communications.