Blog: THE SOCIAL ADOLESCENT
Is there a lack of social opportunities in a small K-8 school?
Middle school students are the most social people I know! There are many social opportunities in our K-8 school. Our middle school offers students a chance to participate in student council, where students plan social as well as service projects for the entire school community. Parties and events are organized for students in grades K-8. Age appropriate dances are planned for middle school students. Other extra-curricular activities including student council, athletics, academic contests, band, choir, and more all offer opportunities for social interaction.
And, social opportunities for middle school age children are plentiful in all areas of the community. Unlike in the past, our social experiences are not strictly limited to the school setting.
When choosing a school, look at:
- what it offers academically
- how it will prepare your child for higher education
- the dedication, support, and training of the staff
- the values of a moral Catholic education
- the personalized attention of a small school.
Believe me, the social opportunities will take care of themselves!
What if my child wants to attend a larger middle school?
Early adolescence is a time of great change, but not the best time to change your school.
Parents, please embrace that this decision is essentially yours to make. This is not to say that adolescents should not be allowed to contribute to the conversation, but you do not want them to make this decision. Research indicates that adolescents are less likely to make good decisions now than when they were younger. Their criteria for choosing a school are far different from that of a caring adult! We trust that YOU know what's best for them and will keep them where they are well-cared for, mind and soul.