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Will My Child Be Ready for Middle School?

The transition to middle school can be challenging for many students. Some have difficulty adjusting to its size and complexity. Others have problems adjusting to the social pressures. Still others have trouble adjusting to the more rigorous academic expectations. Suddenly, the work habits that enabled students to get by in elementary school may be inadequate for middle school success. If your child has a learning difference, these challenges can be even more difficult.


Recently, Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP, Executive Director at The Summit School along with Mrs. Nicole Easton, Upper School Cluster Coordinator, presented Will My Child Be Ready for Middle School as part of The Summit School Community Talk Series. This Community Talk focused on:

  • Preparing for middle school.
  • Understanding common middle school fears.
  • Transition to middle school for a child with a learning difference.

Dr. McCarthy opened the presentation talking to parents about the English Language Arts and Math building blocks needed to start 6th grade. She also talked about how Executive Functioning, the ability to work through the day including planning, emotional control and regulating activity, plays a big part in the adjustment to middle school.

The presentation was recorded, and we are pleased to provide the recording.

If you have any questions please contact Jessica Palmeri at Jessica.Palmeri@thesummitschool.org.


About The Summit School – The Summit School was founded to serve children, grades 1-8, with dyslexia and other learning differences. The Summit School has an incredible record of helping children become successful learners. The core of Summit’s program incorporates: highly trained teachers, evidence-based instruction, hands-on, multi-sensory learning environments and small class sizes. For more information about The Summit School and the resources offered through the Summit Resource Center please visit www.thesummitschool.org.

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