For any child, going to a different school is a major thing. There are many reasons that a child would have to go to a different school. Something could happen that could force you to withdraw your child from the school such as a fight, bullying, or some sort of humiliation. With a fight, the parties responsible would get suspended and possibly expelled from campus. People, let alone school kids, fight for a number of reasons. But, that is not the only reason that children will change schools.
Once a child gets out of preschool, then that child would have to get enrolled in elementary school. After elementary school, there is the transferring to a middle school. After middle school, there is the transferring to a high school. Children are going to change schools a few times before they graduate from high school. For a child going to a new school, it is something major.
Your child could have a learning disability or have a great learning ability which requires him/her to be enrolled at a special school. Say that your child is skilled in academics and ends up getting a scholarship to a school for the academically gifted. The same can go for art and sports.
If you are constantly moving around due to work purposes, such as serving in the military, then your child or children will be changing schools a lot. In short, children to go to different schools for many reasons.
How do you prepare your children when they are going to a different school?
In the case of your children entering a new grade level which requires them to go to a different school, they are highly likely going to be sent to a specific school depending on where you live. That is if you did not plan ahead and enroll your children in another school. A few years before your children graduate from one school, you want to plan ahead and do research on potential schools. There are plenty of great public schools to enroll your children at; but, those schools may require your children be put on a waiting list. If many parents want to enroll their children into those schools, there is going a long wait.
Be sure to research in advance of what school you want to enroll your children into. The same thing goes for the school that they will automatically be enrolled into. Research the school beforehand. Talk with the administrators of the school in advance. Also, talk to other people whose children attend that school. Get as much information on those schools in the first place.
In the case of middle school and high school, where classes are put into different periods or blocks with different teachers, it is very important that you go to the school orientation. You or your children will be provided with their schedules. Teachers will be there during orientation as it is a requirement. The teachers will already have a list of what your children will need for the classes. Then, you will have to buy the necessary supplies.
If you are in the job where you constantly move and must take your family with you, it is going to be hard on the kids. You need to talk to your children and hope they understand the nature of your job. As a parent, it is your job to put them at ease.
For children, it is hard going to different schools for many reasons. They do not like having to leave their friends behind to go to a different school. Even though there is the use of social media, it is not the same as physical contact.
To sum up everything, do your research on the school that your children are going to. Get as much information as possible. If possible, plan in advance to increase your chances of getting your children into a better school due to waiting lists.