Once students graduate high school, they leave a lot of what they’ve spent the last four years building up behind: relationships with teachers and friends, academic profiles, routines and rituals. This can feel freeing and exciting for students. But, it also means students are navigating a lot of newness in the transition - especially initially. And students are without their old systems of support to fall back on. What if there were better bridges between the K12 journey and the college one?
How might we:
Stay better connected to students after they graduate high school?
Better link up the learning profiles of students in high school to their academic journeys once in college so students can make more informed decisions about their academic needs once in college?
Build-in support scaffolds for students during that intense transitionary period from grade 12 to freshmen year?