Your child is about to experience many changes, challenges and celebrations as they enter Grade 7 in The Country Day School’s Middle School. However, if you have an elder child that’s already travelled ‘down the ramp’ from our wonderful Junior School
into the CDS Middle School, then nothing that follows will come as a surprise.
The number of transitions your child is beginning to experience at this age are extensive. Rest assured, CDS are with them every step of the way as we follow our mandate of ‘education with balance
.’ There are many daily changes involved in advancing from Junior School to Middle School, but the most significant challenge will almost certainly be the genuine acceptance of responsibility that comes with the increased independence of your adolescent child.
Our Middle School students themselves demand increased independence … and these come with growing pains. Nothing is insurmountable, but with change comes stress, and the need for many helping hands. The Middle School provides an environment that recognizes the emotional and social needs of our learners while encouraging good citizenship, global awareness and character development.
Here are two great examples: Google ‘Transition To Middle School’ and there are countless articles to read. Secondly, in approaching September, I would also ask that you consider the advice for Middle School parents found in Middle School Transition Tips For Parents
. This helpful guide explores student concerns from three main areas: logistic, social and academic.
Thankfully, the logistic issues are not a problem for our Junior School graduates, as they continue to attend school at the same beautiful 100-acre campus, surrounded by familiar faces. Social and academic challenges, however, are ever-present for both new and returning students.
This is an exciting time for both CDS students and parents. Mistakes will be made, and accomplishments both large and small will be achieved. Your children will experience both in what you, and they, feel is a safe and nurturing environment. Your guidance, support and patience will be central in their positive journey through the CDS Middle School.