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What To Know When Transitioning To High School

Your mentee is starting high school, and so are you! To help with this transition and minimize frustration, here are a few things to consider as your mentoring journey continues…..

  • In most high schools, Seedling does not have a designated school contact to help our mentors connect with their mentees. We rely on the kindness of high school staff who agree to share the mentee’s schedule and assist with the initial mentor visit. Therefore, it may take a little longer to establish yourself.
  • It is in your best interest to call the front office to inquire if your mentee is present the day of your visit.
  • In the front office of your mentee’s school, there may, or may not be, a designated Seedling sign in binder for mentors to log their visits. If not, use the school’s visitor sign in and use Seedling’s Mentor Portal to track your mentoring visits. You will be given a visitor sticker from the high school office staff.
  • Because you will be on a larger campus with many, many more students, who drive, it is important to arrive at least 5 to 10 ten minutes early to find parking.
  • Classes begin at between 8:30 and 9am in the morning, and school ends at approximately 4:15 pm. Lunch times can start as early as 10:45 and as late as 1:30 p.m.
  • Schedules vary; some schools have 7 classes a day; some have an A/B day or an A/B/C day, so check your mentee’s school website for specifics.
  • Students have a lot more freedom, but also have more expectations put on them from teachers, administration and family.
  • Students have less interaction with counselors, unless student initiated.
  • The cafeteria is very crowded, with many lines leading to different food stations.
    Agreeing to meet your mentee “in the cafeteria” won’t work in high school. Be very
    specific about where and when you will be meeting.
  • To aid in connecting with your mentee, you may exchange cell phone numbers for the purpose of texting only to confirm your mentor visit day/time and meeting location.
Need Support?

Call your Seedling Mentor Director to provide assistance and a listening ear!

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