Adjusting to Middle School

Middle school can be an intimidating change from elementary school. If you're just starting middle school, you'll need to adjust to your new surroundings and schedule. Read on to learn more about how you can experience a smooth transition to middle school.

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Are you a bit nervous about taking the leap to middle school? The middle school system is a bit different than elementary school, but there's really nothing to worry about. Here are a few tips to help ease your worries about using a locker, being in a bigger school, and having a more complicated schedule.

Locker Worries

Many kids say their one of their biggest concerns about middle school is using a locker. If you've never used a combination lock before, it's normal to be uneasy about it, but with some time and practice these worries will soon be a thing of the past.

If you're worried about not being able to open your locker at first, ask your parents to buy you a lock to practice on so you can master the technique before you start school. Many middle schools have orientation sessions which will allow you to practice on your actual locker before classes begin.

Finding Your Way

Middle schools are usually quite a bit larger than elementary schools, but chances are you won't get lost. If you're really worried about finding your way around, ask your parents to check with the school to see if you can look around the buildings before classes start. If your school offers orientation, you will get a guided tour of the school. You'll also be given your class schedule during the orientation, so you can see where your classes will be.

If you should get lost on your way to a class, ask a teacher about where to go. And if you get to class late because you got lost or confused, just tell your teacher and chances are you won't get in any trouble. Just don't make a habit of it!

Scheduling Concerns

Another worry of new middle schoolers is the schedule. It's very different to change teachers and classrooms during the day, but you'll get the hang of it. Having multiple classes each day allows you to meet more students. This means you'll have the opportunity to make more friends!

It can also make for a nice change to have different teachers as they all have different personalities and teaching styles. These teachers usually get to focus on their strengths as well.


Starting middle school, like any new experience, can give you butterflies when you thinking about it, but once you're there you may find out it's something you'll really enjoy.

Be sure to talk to your parents about any worries and concerns you have. Your new middle school counselor will also know all kinds of tips and advice to give new students.

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