Moving is always hard, especially when your children are right in the middle of the school year. Keeping your children informed about what is happening is important, since surprising them with a move at the last second usually makes the situation worse. You should also do your homework in the local schools, so you feel like you have a plan in place. You also need to collect both official records and transcripts and more informal feedback like letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors, as these can help with the transition.
- Before you move to the new community, research and then tour the schools the children will be attending.
- Make sure the new school has the correct information about the child’s health history, medical records, and immunizations.
- Encourage the child to enroll in extracurricular activities at the new school so they can meet new friends.
“Not only will you have to navigate your own move and adjustment, but you’ll also have to focus on your child’s transition to a new school with new people in a new environment (no pressure!).”