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BACK AGAIN BACK AGAIN BACK AGAIN THERE THERE THERE & & & SUCCESSFULLY REPATRIATING TO U.S. SCHOOLS By Alex Ruttenberg and Polly Rodriguez W hen families repatriate to the U.S. after an assignment abroad, it is generally assumed that the children will re-enter the U.S. education system without too much difficulty. However, there are many chal- lenges that can significantly impact school reintegration. For middle and secondary school–age children—typically grades six through 12—the pre-college years are a pivotal time. For these students, anticipating and addressing these academic and cultural challenges well before repatriation not only increases their chances for a smooth transition, but can also make a big difference in academic achievement, and social and emotional adjustment to a new school environment. This article explores education challenges related to repatriation and offers tips for families returning to the U.S. from abroad.

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