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Smooth transitions from middle to high school and from high school to college are associated with students’ improved academic achievement, emotional well-being, and college readiness.  Supportive transition practices that engage families and schools help students enter ninth grade prepared to be successful in high school, college, and career. Families in particular often need assistance understanding how they can best support learning and development once their children reach adolescence, as evidenced by the dramatic decline in family engagement that tends to occur as students move through middle school and into high school.

This bibliographic resource provides a selected listing of journal articles, research briefs, and other resources that focus on the transitions into and out of high school as well as general high school and college readiness. These resources address a variety of topics related to high school transitions including family engagement, school practices, and student outcomes. The resources in this guide are organized into the following categories:

  • Family Engagement and Transitions: Middle School to High School
  • Family Engagement and Transitions: High School to College and Career
  • School Practices and Transitions: Middle School to High School
  • School Practices and Transitions: High School to College and Career
  • General High School, College, and Career Readiness

© 2014 Presidents and Fellows of Harvard College
Published by Harvard Family Research Project