Moving from Middle School to High School

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The transition between middle school and high school can be nerve-wracking. The adjustment of transitioning from the oldest in middle school to the youngest in high school, plus all of the other changes to your schedule and class load, can take some time to get used to. But don’t worry! Once you get over the initial fear, high school is fun.

High school students generally have more freedom than middle school students. This newfound freedom allows you to start preparing for your future. During these four years, you’ll encounter a variety of opportunities that will help you get ready to apply for college and take you one step closer to your future career.

Class Schedule

Generally, high school students have more say in what classes they take than do middle school students. This is an opportunity to study things that you care about. Look over your options and pick classes that you are excited about! Speak with your school counselor to see which classes are required and how you might work your interests into your four year course plan.

Career Prep and Honors Classes

Consider taking career prep, honors, or dual-enrollment classes if they are offered at your high school. These classes prepare you for college-level work, and some classes allow you to earn career certifications during high school. Also, these classes can sometimes count for college credit, allowing you to start your college career with credit hours already completed. This can be a huge advantage come freshman year because it will allow you to either take a lighter class load or graduate early and save some money!

Extracurricular Activities

Get involved! High schools usually offer a variety of clubs, so find one that fits your interests and join. Joining an athletic team is a great way to get active and stay in shape. Or you can find a cause that you are passionate about and volunteer your time. Extracurricular activities are a great way to make new friends, and they can be helpful on a college application!

High school is a fun and exciting time, so you should take full advantage of all the opportunities these years present. Set yourself up for success, and when it comes time to apply for college, rely on CFNC to help you! Visit our website to find other tips and practices to get prepared for school!

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