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Data Suggests Changing Your Kid's School Is Nearly Always A Bad Idea

There’s new data that suggests changing your child’s school might not be the best idea, especially with older kids. As a matter of fact, data suggests that kids perform poorly when they have to switch school, especially in between elementary and middle or middle and high schools.

According to Fatherly, a study published by the American Journal of Education found that students who were forced to switch from one school to another had lower school engagement, poorer grades in reading and math and a higher risk of dropping out before the completion of high school.

The impacts of student mobility and a school’s churn rate can also impact other students and their academic performance, too. In other words, low social and academic engagement, low grades, misbehavior, high absenteeism were all contributing factors in whether or not students achieved a higher rate of success.

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Many health and educational experts agree that kids often thrive in stable environments, both in and outside of the home. Any change that involved individual or family circumstances that are abrupt or involuntarily can lead to negative effects in a child’s education. In other words, kids are better off continuing their education in one school, especially during their elementary and middle school years.

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Now, for many families they don’t have the option to stay at one school for the course of a student’s primary school career. Many families are forced to uproot their families because of better job opportunities, relocation, family health and personal issues, and so much more.

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If you still have to move schools, consider a few tips in hopefully helping in easing or making the transition a little more smoother. Look for opportunities for your child to meet their future classmates over the summer. Also, familiarize yourself with the school, the school’s website and communicate any of your child’s special needs to the school’s administration, including any learning disabilities or food allergies.

Keep in mind that it’s normal for both you and your child to feel anxious about entering a new school. If you have any concerns, don’t express them to your child. Instead, speak to the school principal, your child’s teacher, the PTA or other social organizations to help establish new connections. Further research has indicated that the more involved a parent is in their child’s school, the more successful their son or daughter will be.

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