Switching schools is usually viewed as a big deal when it is the child's idea. It is one thing when parents have to pick up the family and move to a different school district because of a job change. But when a child wants to switch schools, it can be a difficult for a parent to understand.

Lay the groundwork early. Start talking with your parents about the problems you're having at your current school far in advance of when you want to start attending a new school. Give your parents time to think about how your current school may not be a good fit for you.

Show your parents you are trying to work out the problems at your current school and things just aren't getting better. If you're having trouble getting along with the teachers, schedule family meetings and describe your problems. Show your parents that you really want to make things work.

Sit down and have a heart-to-heart conversation with your parents about your desire to switch schools. Think through the reasons why you want to switch schools and explain those reasons to your parents.

Tell your parents that you believe you will be able to be a better student if you switch to another school. If you have a specific school in mind, describe the reasons why you will be more successful if you attend the school.

Be persistent. Talk with your parents at least weekly about your desire to switch schools. You will have more luck in getting your way if your parents believe that you truly want the change.