Making the move: transitioning from junior high to high school

The transition from middle school to high school presents many students with challenges that affect their academic performance and overall success in their first year of high school, due to their lack of success; many students become disengaged and eventually drop out of high school before tenth grade. This study researched the major challenges ninth grade students encountered in their transition from middle school to high school, and how those challenges affected their academic performance. The study also investigated how eighth grade teachers prepared students to transition to high school and the kind of support students received in high school from their ninth grade teachers to help them adjust easily to the new environment. This study included three groups of participants: ninth grade students, eighth grade teachers, and ninth grade teachers, all participants responded to a survey created specifically for their group.