Switching schools isn't easy, but trying to stay positive and doing a few simple things in the beginning can make you feel much better!
- Learn as much as you can about your new school. Where is it? Is it on or off the installation? How big is it? The more you know about your school, the better you'll feel when you walk in the first day.
- Ask a parent to call ahead to your new school. Your parent can find out what the kids are studying, what projects they've done, and what sports and clubs there are that you might be interested in. Then you'll know if there is any catching up you will need to do or if you can join a team or club at your new school that you loved at your old school.
- Join your Youth Sponsorship Program. This is a perfect way to make a new friend and learn all about your new school and installation before you even get there. Check with the youth director at your installation before you move to help you find the person in charge of the program at your new installation. Then, you'll get paired up with another kid your age that goes to the school you'll be going to. Your new friend can tell you what the other kids are wearing, what the teachers are like, and what fun things are going on!
- Get your school papers in order. Ask your parent or guardian to get all of your official papers together to make the move to your new school a smooth one. Things like your cumulative folder, your health records, your report card, birth certificate, etc.
If you move in the summer, before school starts, try to find some kids in your neighborhood. Ask them where they go to school. You may be going to school together, and it's always nice to have a familiar face on that first day. And if you are really curious about your new school, ask your parents to help you do a little detective work by visiting the Military Child Education Coalition. There they can search for your new school and get a lot of helpful tips for you and for them.
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