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High School and Beyond Planning for Middle School Families

Preparing for High School

The work students do in middle school and high school is very important in setting the direction for their adult lives. Their choices and actions today, while they are in middle school, will affect the work they do in high school and the opportunities they have after high school.

To prepare for high school, it’s important for students to make the most of their time in middle school. Talk about planning ahead. How could they make their time in high school count? Whenever possible, make sure your child takes advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Opportunities to apply for or test into advanced or honors courses (such as advanced math)
  • Opportunities to start high school-level courses while in middle school (such as world languages)
  • Extracurricular activities, sports, and clubs
  • Career exploration opportunities in middle school and high school

Our Team

Director of Family Engagement  

Yisel DeOleo


Family Engagement Coordinator

Manuela Garcia


Did You Know?

Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with schoolwork, dealing with a bully, or facing some other serious challenge. By ninth grade, regular attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than eighth grade test scores.

Myth Buster

 College planning starts in the junior year of high school.

REALITY: Middle school isn’t too early to start thinking about college and career.



Colleges look at classes and grades from a student’s ninth grade year on.

It’s important for teens to make a long-term plan about  the classes they will take, the type of college they want to go to, and the kind of career they want.

Middle school Crusaders work on a STEM Camp project engineering a structure with straws.

Important Reminder!

The Onward We Learn offers multiple academic programs to provide our high schoolers with the opportunity to boost their skills and confidence in various content areas. We encourage you to register your child in programs every fall, spring, and summer semester for an opportunity to work on math and writing skills, college application support, (P)SAT test support, and more!

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