The Bridge Forward: Transition to Middle School (Elementary Leader Guide)

The transition from elementary school to middle school may be the most substantial change in a student’s educational journey.


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While it is a time of exciting possibility, middle school comes with a plethora of new responsibilities and expectations that incoming students need to be prepared for if they are to find success. The Bridge Forward is the road map to successfully preparing students with the skills they require to transition into and out of middle school. With resources for teachers, leaders, and parents, this program results in less anxious students who are better prepared for all the exciting experiences that wait for them in their new school!

Elementary school leaders can prepare elementary students for middle school by working closely with teachers and parents to ensure a smooth transition. Leaders can use the resources in the Transition to Middle School Elementary Leader Guide to help educators, parents, and students connect so that the entire learning community is working together toward a common goal. This guide includes:

  • Key transitional skills resources, including an overview and lesson topics
  • A preview of Responsive Advisory Meeting plans
  • A preview of the parent resources
Item #: 712-BKS-CRSM