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Transient Students: Addressing Relocation to a New High School Through Group Counseling

Janelle L. Stahl Ladbury, Brenda S. Hall, and Rachel Ann Benz


School personnel in districts across the country are reporting higher numbers of students transferring to new schools during the course of the year. Reported mobility rates vary, but there is evidence that the number of children changing schools is on the rise (Black, 2006). Stover (2000) suggests that children sometimes change schools six or seven times in a single year. Some transfers are the result of students seeking a different type of school environment but the most common reason for transitioning to a new school is family relocation. As reported in Popp, Stronge, & Hindman (2003), 2000 U.S. Census data indicated that nearly 12 million school-age children changed residences during 1999-2000. Families in the military move even more frequently; sometimes as many as ten or more times before finishing high school (Bartolomeo, 2006). In some states, such as California, as many as 75% of all students move unexpectedly at least once during their K-12 year experience (Lesisko & Wright, 2009). Children of migrant workers, homeless children, and children from low-income families are more likely to switch schools throughout the academic year.

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