Getting ready for High School

The transition from elementary to high school is a major milestone for your child, and parents have an important role to play to ensure that this achievement is the least traumatic possible. For students at St. Monica, this milestone means finally graduating from the school and moving on to new opportunities

Many researchers agree that the transition from elementary to secondary school has a significant impact on student success and retention, so what can parents expect from their child? Many teens experience:

While most students quickly make the adjustment with few negative effects, some experience more serious difficulties. Problems often arise in one or more school subjects and appear to persist. For these students, the transition has a definite impact on their motivation and commitment to their education, which can contribute to a decrease in academic success, and in the most severe cases, a withdrawal from school.

To help in this transition, the ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport has put together a handy pamphlet to guide parents during this challenging period.  

What can I do to help?

Some young people experience a smooth transition to high school, while others have more difficulty. It is crucial for parents to keep a close eye on their children at this important time, and do what they can to make it easier.

What you can do to help your child:


Students who feel that their parents are interested in what they do at school are more motivated to persevere. It is often enough just to be there, to listen, to show an interest in his or her school work, to meet with teachers, to discuss issues that are dealt with in class and in the news, to encourage him or her to go to the library, to become involved in the school, and so on.

What services does my child’s school offer?


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