Top 4 Tips for Parents: How to help your student with academic transitions

By Beverly Stewart, M.Ed.

Interim progress reports have arrived in mailboxes recently and some parents may not be pleased with what they find. For those students who have recently made a transition – from grade school to middle school, or middle school to high school – the new environment can be overwhelming. This is often apparent by a sudden change in grades. Your former straight-A student is struggling with math… and science and English…and lockers…and time management. The list goes on.

There are many reasons for this change. For the elementary school student now faced with the challenges of middle …