1

Set high expectations for your child

Make sure your child is in the most rigorous classes that he/she can handle. Middle school students should begin to think about goals and plans for their high school course of study.
2

Independent reading is crucial for student growth and academic achievement

Make sure your child reads regularly during the school year and especially during the summer. Encourage your child to get a library card. Limit and monitor computer, video, and television time.
3

Encourage your child to find a club, sport, or other extracurricular activity

Participating in group activities is especially important for middle schoolers
4

Know your child’s friends and their parents

Be accountable for his/her whereabouts after school.
5

Monitor your child’s academic progress

Review homework and projects; talk over test results and report cards. Make sure your child gets to school on time, well rested, and prepared.
6

Check that daily homework and projects are complete

Check backpack daily for new assignments. Some middle schoolers still need help staying organized.
7

Communicate with your child every day

Find out what he/she is learning. Who are your child’s friends? Are there problems with bullying, cliques, or being left out? Be a good listener.
8

Advocate for your child!

Meet the teachers. Go to Back-to-School night and schedule parent-teacher conferences. Stay in touch with school through notes, phone calls, emails, etc. Guidance Counselors are an additional resource in middle school.
9

Become involved with your child’s school

Join the PTA/HAS; attend school events. Find experienced parents who can answer your questions – they are great resources!
10

Plan ahead for your child’s academic career

Ask about challenging opportunities if your child is performing above grade level. Seek tutoring or in-school support if your child is struggling.
Courtesy of South Orange/Maplewood, New Jersey School District