Switching your child's school midyear
Six tips for deciding to pull your child out before the school year's over.
By GreatSchools Staff
Should I stay or should I go?
Deciding to switch your child’s school in the middle of the year is rarely an easy choice. Even if a child is having a terrible time, there's a fear that making a move to a new school could cause even more trauma. Indeed, several respected studies – like this one– cite the fact that for some children moving schools midyear leads to social and academic problems.
However, careful analysis suggests that parents who move their kids for educational reasons experience more positive results than parents who move their children because of life changes like divorce or job loss. Although nerve-wracking, a midyear move can provide an immediate remedy to a bad social or academic situation. "Removing a child from an educational situation that may be problematic is challenging, but may not be as difficult as parents imagine," says Jodie Slothower of Normal, Illinois who twice pulled out her child midyear, the first time switching him to another school; the second time, homeschooling him. "In our case, we have always been relieved and our lives suddenly became much happier."
But before you turn your child’s world upside down, use these six steps to help you decide: