The Transfer Question

Many families have found themselves taking stock and reflecting on the educational experience of their students. For some, the realization is that the high school they have chosen isn’t the right fit for their student and their family. It’s a hard decision to make. It’s even harder to figure out what to do next.

Let me be frank—it’s okay to want more from your high school choice. Your student should be supported and challenged and known. Schools should inspire a love of learning and should prepare your student for their future. Every student deserves to thrive in high school. So what do you do when your high school choice isn’t the right fit?

Transferring is an option. Changing high schools is scary, but making sure your school is the right fit is crucial for ensuring your student’s success. There are several important elements to consider when considering transferring:

  • Personalized Learning. Does your school challenge your student academically AND help them develop socio-emotionally? Are they encouraged to explore and connect their interests and goals to the classroom? 
  • Engagement. What excites your student about school? Is it the teacher that inspires or the classwork that connects to the real world or the peers that challenge and support?
  • Community. High school is a time for students to develop who they are as individuals and members of society. Is your school supporting your student in this exploration?

There are countless features that impact and inform the high school choice for families. I know that the choice to transfer does not come easy, but I hope that families looking to make a change, will consider transferring to Global Citizenship Experience Lab School.

At GCE Lab School, we’re challenging students to become agents of change, to ask critical questions, to work together, and to develop creative solutions. Research shows that students who participate in project-based, real-world learning demonstrate improved engagement in the classroom, better attendance, higher scores on standardized tests, and increased knowledge of 21st-century skills. We’re preparing students for their futures. 

I invite you to experience if GCE Lab School is the right fit for your family. Visit our campus, meet with our current students and faculty, and explore how we learn. Schedule a visit today.

Learn why our current students chose GCE Lab School.

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“I really liked the hands-on aspect of the school and all of the field experiences that I could go on. I liked the idea of the curriculum being focused on the SDGs. It is important to know what you can do in the school and how you can make a difference or a change. It is also good to know if you can find a place in school. I try to be in as many clubs as I can and really engage in discussions and field experiences with my class. I would like to see more clubs and sport opportunities come into the school. Since it is pretty small there might not be the option for sports but more clubs at accessible times would be nice. I do not really know what I would change as I am still adjusting to this type of school life. I am sure I can think of some other things in the future.”
—Graham, Class of 2023 

"I chose GCE because I felt that their system of doing things- curriculum, student life, overall goals, etc.- made sense and were backed by a philosophy that I agreed with. When I looked at GCE, I felt that the real world exposure aspect of the curriculum was really interesting and made sense. I think it is important to see how a school resonates with you and if you believe that your experience there will benefit you in the way you want. I thought it was a bit of a risk, but an education as unique and involving as GCE's could really benefit me as a person and help me to make an impact on the world.”
—Brandon, Class of 2021

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“I chose GCE because the idea of project-based learning appealed to me more than just cramming for a test and forgetting what I learned.”
—Corban, Class of 2022

“The size of the school and project-based learning model were important for me. I went to a progressive middle school, and I wanted a similar experience in high school. I found that it was very helpful [when transitioning during] freshman and sophomore year. In choosing a school, I always look for what I want, for what I am interested in. I think that if you know what you are looking for, it will be easier to rule out options.”
—Claire, Class of 2020

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Sarah Brock, Director of Admissions

Request a private tour, schedule a Prospective Student Visit Day, RSVP for an Open House, or ask a question by contacting Sarah Brock, Director of Enrollment Management.