Smooth school transitions to middle and high school are critical in connecting incoming students with their older peers in a school community.
According to the Institute of Education Sciences, there is a drop in test scores during the first year of middle school. Transitions to middle and high school can result in lowered academic achievement.
Other studies have found that more students fail ninth grade than any other grade. However, there are two peer mentoring programs that offer solutions.
Where Everybody Belongs and Link Crew are two programs that are California based and gaining popularity in Oregon districts. They are present in 4500 American and Canadian schools and pair younger students with older peers for activities.
WEB is in middle schools and Link Crew is for high school. They give incoming students a sense of belonging and a peer mentor for advice.