Orientation
Middle School Transition (Grade 5 to 6)
A complete orientation program is presented to all 5th grade students and their parents to help make the move from elementary school to middle school successful.
1. Visitation by the counselors to each 5th grade class to describe the middle school and to answer all questions
2. Meeting with 5th grade teachers to discuss each incoming student.
3. Parent Orientation night to describe the middle school structure and programs
4. Spring visitation day for all incoming 5th graders
5. Planning, preparation and distribution of student programs
6. Summer tours upon request
7. Fall of 6th grade- small group orientation
8. Individual meetings with all 6th graders-get to know your counselor and guidance services
9. 6th grade Parent Reception/Coffee

Grade 6 to 7 and Grade 7 to 8 Introduces students to the next grade level and plan programs.
1. Meet with teaching teams to review course recommendation for all students
2. Classroom orientation for all students
3. Meet with students individually to discuss course selections and goals
4. Parent Orientation Night/Coffee
5. Planning, preparation and distribution of student programs

High School Orientation for 8th Graders
1. Meet with teaching team to review high school course recommendations
2. Arrange high school counselor visitations to middle school
3. Meet with all 8th graders in group settings to review the high school programs in detail
4. Distribute course recommendations
5. Meet with every 8th grade student individually to discuss his/her high school program and high school goal, post high educational goals and possible career goals
6. Provide the high school with course requests

Students Not Going to GW or Ridgewood HS If you have not already done so, please notify the GW Guidance Office (201/670-2790 x40533) if your child will NOT be attending Ridgewood High School in September. 

Attention: Families who are moving from Ridgewood If you have not already done so, please notify the GW Guidance Office (201/670-2790 x40533) if your child will NOT be attending George Washington Middle School in September. Attention: 8th Grade Parents