High School Transition

Kells recognizes how daunting the transition from elementary to high school can be for many students with more challenging coursework, increased homework, and new social dynamics. Along with the new freedom they experience as high school students, comes the greater responsibility for their own learning.

Kells Middle School is the perfect bridge between elementary school and high school. In a separate building right next door to Kells Elementary, Kells Middle School students are carefully guided through the tween years of grade 7 and 8 and are better prepared to take on the challenges of later high school.

Kells multi-level support eases the transition and lays the groundwork for a positive and enriching high school experience.

Students are first introduced to High School life in the fall of grade 6, with group visits to the Middle School. In order to familiarize themselves with their soon-to-be new learning environment, students participate in activities and programs specially designed to increase confidence and alleviate insecurities. During these visits, students have the opportunity to meet the Principal, teachers and faculty who will guide them through a smoother transition to Middle School.

In addition, the transition team consisting of the Director, Elementary and High School Principals, grade 6 and 7 teachers, Learning Specialists and Guidance Counsellor meet to discuss the academic and social/emotional needs of each student moving from Kells Elementary to Kells Middle School.