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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.

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.

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

Participating in group activities is especially important for middle schoolers

Know your child’s friends and their parents

Be accountable for his/her whereabouts after school.

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.

Check that daily homework and projects are complete

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

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.

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.

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!

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