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Parent School Systems Menu: About Middle School

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Welcome to the United States! To help you get used to your new home and the way that children are educated in America, we have provided you with an overview of the U.S. school system. More importantly, we want you to visit your neighborhood school to get to know the people who work there. The people are there to help you feel welcomed.

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Welcome to California! There's no doubt that moving to a new place can be scary, plus moving to a huge state like California, with more than 8,000 schools, can be very overwhelming. Questions are bound to arise like, "Where will my child go to school?" But not to worry — everything you need to familiarize yourself with the California school system is included in this resource. Learn more about California's school types, special programs, average school calendar, school-age requirements, and more...

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Many things should be considered when selecting a good school for your child. To help you decide whether or not a school meets your family's needs, use the following steps to evaluate and compare schools.

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middle school is different
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The change from elementary to middle school can be very scary for some children, largely because they do not know what to expect. More than one teacher, shorter class sessions, the need to move from one class to another — all are possible changes that your elementary school child will face as a middle school student. Changes to a child's regular routine can be confusing and at times overwhelming; however, you can help by familiarizing yourself with the key differences between elementary and middle school.

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Just as there are rules, policies, and regulations in all aspects of your adult world, the same exists in your child's world: school. Before problems arise, review your student's school handbook to familiarize yourself with your school's unique operating structure. Keep these ideas in mind...

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Because of a great deal of television coverage and public concern regarding safety in schools, it is sometimes difficult for parents to feel at ease about their child's safety at school. Learn how to speak to your school about their campus safety policy.

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