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Next Stop: Middle School


Congratulations! You are on your way to middle school. Moving from elementary school to middle school is a big change. You'll find new people, new activities, and many more classes and teachers than you're used to. This can seem scary when you're used to being one of the oldest kids in the school. But the great news is that middle school offers you a chance to begin again, make new friends, try new activities, and experience more freedom!

  • Different classes, different teachers. On the first day of middle school, you'll get your class schedule. This will give you a list of all the classes you'll take each day. This is different from what you're used to. It may seem like a lot to handle, but you'll have it down in no time and it'll be fun to learn from so many different teachers.
  • More homework. With all those teachers and subjects, you'll get more homework than before. Keep yourself organized with a notebook or planner so that you can keep track of all these new assignments and find a quiet place to work at home.
  • Grades. A lot of times in elementary school, you get assignments back with checkmarks or even smiley faces to let you know how you did. In middle school, you'll receive grades like "A" or "B" on assignments and on your report card. This is just a different way of showing you how you're doing!
  • More fun stuff. Because your middle school is probably bigger than your old school, it will have more activities and clubs for you to try out. Join the drama club or a sports team to meet new people!
  • Bigger students. You'll go from being one of the oldest kids in elementary school to being the youngest in middle school. Don't be worried. All the big kids started out where you did and can be a big help if you get lost or need help in one of your classes.

Middle school may seem big and different from what you're used to, but if you get involved in school activities, it's a great way to meet people who like the things you like and to make new friends.

If you get lost during your first week, experience any bullying from the older kids, or any other problem, make sure to ask for help from an adult. Try talking to your parents, an older sibling, or a teacher at school.

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