Transferring to a new high school can be exciting; but it's important to do your homework before you make the move to optimize your chances for success. Preparing for this transition will make it a smooth change for everyone involved. Read on to learn more.

Examine your reasons for transferring. Obviously, if your family is moving you will have to change high schools. You might also want to take part in a particular extracurricular activity that is just not available at your current school. However, if you just want to make a move because you are unhappy, changing your environment might not solve the problem. Examine your motives carefully before making a move.

Call the office at the new high school and find out what they need from you. Although the high school you are currently attending will send your official transcripts to the new school, ultimately it is your responsibility to make sure it is done.

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Find out if you are going to lose credits. This is generally not the case if you are transferring from one public school to another in the same state. However, if you are transferring to a school in another state or are moving from a private school to a public school, you should have your transcripts reviewed before you make the move. Otherwise, your graduation may be delayed because you have not met all the requirements for the new school.

Tips

  • Find out your options from your state's education website if you think that you might have a problem transferring all your credits. In some cases, principals have the flexibility to exempt students from certain requirements if they think it is appropriate.

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