Making the Leap: The Transition to Middle School
Transition from Elementary to Middle School: Meetings
Transition meetings, which are separate from the annual IEP meeting, are an opportunity for parents to address some of their concerns. Most transition meetings are scheduled for 30 minutes, which Dr. Pelangka says is far too short to cover all the bases. While you can always request a continuation, it’s best to ask the IEP team to block out at least an hour for the discussion.
One of the major questions the meeting will address is which school your child will attend. Districts usually recommend feeder schools, but you’ll want to do your homework on every option: what the facilities are like, the curriculum, where most of your child’s close peers are going. Dr. Pelangka recommends scheduling a school tour, in person or virtually, before your transition meeting. You should also make sure that representatives from any school you’re seriously considering are invited to the transition meeting.