Wake County Helps Students Ease Into High School
For many middle school students, moving to high school is a step taken with great trepidation. We parents often feel the same anxieties as we watch our children head into a new school. This summer, Wake County is offering rising ninth-graders a chance to acclimate to high school ahead of the start of the school year through freshman camps. And for parents, many Wake high schools are offering information sessions as well.
Started a few years ago, the freshmen camps are a chance for students to meet each other, connect on a personal level and become oriented to a new campus ahead of the first day of class. Although each high school has developed its own unique camp based on its programs, staff and facilities, many camps focus on fun, informative team-building exercises, according to information provided by WCPSS.
You can find dates, contact names and additional information for the camps below on the Wake County Public School System's website at this link. After you navigate there, just click on the school name for information and registration pages at the school websites. You'll also find helpful advice in Carolina Parent's August article on Easing Your Teen's School-Related Anxiety.
Taking some uncertainty out of the first day of high school goes a long way in quelling fears for students and parents alike. And making new friends early-or just knowing that some old friends will be in their new school-is reassuring. Who wants to be wandering the halls of a new school feeling left out? When my older son headed off to high school, I remember one teacher gave him the best advice during his freshmen orientation. "Go find a friend to eat lunch with on your first day at school," she said!
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