Living on Your Own Visits Erie Middle School

Erie High School offers a class called Living on Your Own taught by Erie High Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Pauline Higgins.  This course is designed for 11th and 12th grade students who want to develop survival skills necessary for living on their own.  Learning experiences clarify values and goals, career exploration, resumes, cover letters and interviews, personal finances and money management, financing college, (scholarships) consumer skills, housing and living environments, and making wise nutrition and wellness decisions.  All topics apply to practical, everyday living and life skills.  
Once students take this course, they are better prepared to “move out” and make it on their own.
35 members of the class recently visit Erie Middle School to speak to over 300 8th grade students about the transition to High School.  The 8th graders had excellent questions, and our high school students had prepared answers to share with them as well as additional topics they wanted them to know. 
They spent about 45 minutes together.  It was great for everyone involved!
Beginning in the 2018-19 schoolyear, the Erie Feeder schools will have a committee to plan for an easier transition from 8th to 9th grade.  
This committee will decide what needs to be done to help students transition to high school with as little difficulty as possible as this is a period that can be difficult for many students to navigate.