WEB, which stands for “Where Everybody Belongs” is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, the program trains mentors from the 8th-grade class to be WEB Leaders. As positive role models, WEB Leaders are trained over the summer and guide the 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school and help facilitate success.
More and more studies show that if students have a positive experience their first year in middle school, their chances for success increase dramatically. WEB provides the structure for 6th graders to receive support and guidance from 8th graders who have been through the challenges that middle school poses and understand that the transition to a larger school can sometimes be overwhelming.
WEB also acts as an anti-bullying program for Horace O’Bryant by providing it with a cadre of student leaders who look for bullying behavior and help stop it. WEB gives older students permission to be aware of and report any negative behavior they see, creating a safer school for everybody.
WEB is a yearlong transition program with four components that contribute to its success:
- Middle School Orientation - WEB Leaders and 6th graders start building the mentor relationship and receive information about how to be successful in middle school
- Academic Follow Ups - WEB Leaders support 6th-grade academic success and character development through classroom visits
- Social Follow Ups - WEB Leaders and 6th graders connect outside the classroom at social events to increase student engagement and promote positive school climate
- Leader Initiated Contacts - WEB Leaders connect with their 6th graders on a more individual basis
Middle School Transition Program Increases Student Achievement
The goal of WEB, Boomerang Project's middle school orientation, and transition program is to provide schools with a structure in which students make real connections with each other thus increasing school safety and reducing the incidence of bullying. Through this program, students learn that people at school care about them and their success. WEB is the middle school transition program that increases student achievement, enhances character development efforts and creates an anti-bullying environment at Horace O’Bryant.