School Transitioning (Middle to Senior)

If a student attends St. Michaels University School from an early age, they will experience three very different parts of SMUS as they move from Junior to Middle, then from Middle to Senior schools. It's important that our students make a smooth and happy transition from one school to another, which is why we run yearly orientation programs with our Grades 5 and 8 classes.

Middle to Senior School

Middle School students share a campus with Senior School, so their physical transition is less dramatic than the one from Junior to Middle. The academic transition, however, can be overwhelming. That's why each spring, Grade 8 students meet with the Grade 9 Advisor to go over the Senior School courses and timetable, to ask questions, and to make their course selections for the following year.

Students who are new to Senior School have a dedicated orientation assembly on the first day of classes, and there is an information evening in September where new Senior School parents have the opportunity to find out more about life and learning at the secondary level.

The WEB and Link Orientation Programs

WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) and Link Crew are Middle and Senior School transition programs built on the belief that students are the best people to help other students succeed in a new environment.

Both programs recruit older students to act as role models, motivators, leaders and teachers who guide their new schoolmates to discover what it takes to be successful in their new school. WEB leaders and Link Crew kick off with the school year with a fun and energetic orientation day that makes students excited and proud to be attending their new school and allows them to begin developing relationships and strategies that will contribute to their success.

Academic and social follow-up activities continue throughout the year, providing student with a structure that helps them make real and lasting connections with one another.