Transition to middle school
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Transition to middle school

Written by:Undivided
Published: Feb. 27, 2023Updated: Jun. 5, 2024

Age10 - 14 years
DiagnosisAll diagnoses
When to do itAt least 90 days before end of school year
The leap from elementary to middle school can be HUGE. Learn all the best tips and tricks from professionals to make the transition easier for your child.
The middle school years will likely bring many changes to your child's environment and peers. Knowing what to expect can help you communicate with their new school so that all the right supports are in place.


Curated by our research team, signed off by experts and parents alike, guides walk you through the entire process, step-by-step. They cover common pitfalls and how to navigate complexities in order to accomplish your goal.

Prepare for the transition from elementary to middle school
School transitions are rites of passage, and while they can be equal parts thrilling and terrifying for students and parents alike, these transitions often come with extra challenges for kids with disabilities and their families. In this guide, we will outline the steps you need to take to prepare yourself and your child for their transition into middle school.
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13 tasks
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