Changing Middle schools
1 year, 6 months ago #9339
Our son is in 6th grade in a highly-regarded Middle school. He was an average- to good student in elem. school. This year, however, he is having a very hard time adjusting to the school - he has failed several tests (never happened before)and continues to lack grasp of the subjects being taught. I am beginning to wonder if this is the right match for him. Does anyone know if it is possible to transfer middle schools in mid-year or do we have to wait until he is in the 7th grade? Should I approach the school that I would like him to get into or is it done through the Office of stu. placement in the District? How likely is it for the change of schools to be granted?
I think it depends on your district. It can be difficult. It can't hurt to place a call to this desired school, but they may bounce you back to the official route. In D2, officially, you need to fill out a transfer request form from the district HQ. It seems like they will only consider "bullying and safety" issues (I tried to transfer my older child from private to public in middle school a few years back) and they don't make it easy. Unofficially, I know families that have "jumped" early in the year to a new (and by new, I mean newly opened) school that might have openings, by calling the parent coordinator and making inquiries. A very popular school will not have openings. Many schools "lose" a few students in 7th to Hunter (especially those aforementioned popular schools) and you may get an indication as early as March when those acceptances are announced.
Be wary, however, of jumping from the frying pan to the fire. Middle school can be a difficult transition academically as it's a time when organization and executive functioning abilities are pressured for the first time. This is often an age when learning disabilities in high-functioning kids are first diagnosed. Be certain that there's not an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. If the administration is helpful at his present school, see if you can't get him tested. There's often a waiting list, so many parents bite the bullet and pay out of pocket.