Social Stories on Going to a New School

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Going to a new school can be scary and overwhelming to many students. The social stories in this lesson will help them think about what to expect, how they might feel, and what they can do to prepare.

Starting a New School

Starting a new school is an experience that can be challenging for any child, and it is especially difficult for students with special needs, who often have a great deal of trouble making friends, making their needs known, and learning the expectations of a new environment. Social stories offer scripted language that gives students vocabulary and strategies for coping with situations such as these. The stories in this lesson are aimed at helping students think about what it will be like to start a new school and how they can help themselves stay calm even if it is stressful.

Starting a New School Alone

My family and I are moving to a new city this summer. I know we will have a beautiful apartment, and my mom will be happy at her new job. I am excited to play at the new park down the street.

When we move, I am also going to have to start going to a new school. The school is called Linden Elementary School. I know it is a big red building and there are four classes at each grade.

Starting a new school makes me feel a little nervous and a little excited at the same time. I can tell I am nervous because sometimes when I think about it, I feel like crying. My heart starts to beat really fast, and I get a little sweaty. I can tell I am nervous because I do not really like to talk about it.

I can tell I am also excited because I have lots of questions about what it will be like, and I have many things I hope for at my new school. I hope I make new friends, and I hope the teachers are nice!

It helps me to look at pictures of my new school with my mom. In the summertime, we will go meet my teacher. I will tell her my name and where I come from. I know the teachers I have now will also talk to her and tell her what they like about me and what I need to work on.

My new school is a place where kids are happy and learn lots of things. I know it is okay to be worried about starting, and I also know that I will learn to love my new school.

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