11 Years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

As your child’s shoe size continues to grow, expect them to become more vocal and opinionated with their thoughts! Remember to ask them about school to stay involved with your adolescent’s classes and friendships. Scroll down to learn more about the City’s free afterschool program for middle-schoolers, SONYC, which offers sports, art, fashion, academic, and cultural activities for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.


Claremont in Motion Bike Ride

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Families are welcome to come out on Saturdays for our Bike Ride Program! Bikes provided.

Library Lab: (STEM)

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kids explore Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math with fun, free activities through hands-on experiments.

Library Lab

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kids explore Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math with fun, free activities through hands-on experiments.


After school for middle schoolers

School's Out New York City (SONYC)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

This program offers a mix of academic help, sports, arts, and other activities.

School breakfast and lunch


NYC Department of Education

NYC students can enjoy free breakfast and low-price lunch every school day.

Free health care in schools

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

NYC Department of Education/NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Your child can get free medical services in their school.


How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development.

What most 11 year olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Take increased responsibility for themselves
    • Take care of routine tasks such as personal hygiene or homework deadlines
    • Increasingly able to understand the consequences of their actions
    • Begin to re-examine own values and moral principles
    • Begin to assume responsibility for own behavior
    • Become more self-conscious of image
  • Communication

    • Master more advanced vocabulary words and construct more complex sentences
    • Accompany words with facial expressions and gestures (for emphasis)
  • Learning

    • Have an increased ability to challenge ideas
    • Display an improved long-term recall
    • Develop solutions and responses based on logic
  • Physical Development

    • Have increased appetite, particularly during growth spurts or periods of higher activity
    • Begin to show visible signs of puberty, especially in girls
    • Display improved muscle strength
  • Health

    • Have 5 to 6 ounces of grains daily
    • Have 2 to 2 ½ cups of vegetables daily
    • Have 1 ½ cups of fruits daily
    • Have 3 cups of milk daily
    • Have 5 ounces of meat and beans daily
    • Have 1 hour of moderate and vigorous physical activity each day
    • Participate in many 15-minute periods of physical activity
    • Sleep about 9-11 hours per day
    • Are on schedule with immunizations

Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:

    • Is unable to see things from another’s point of view
    • Avoids any type of sport or exercise
    • Seems withdrawn in conversation and/or in class
    • Does not spend time with friends outside of school
    • Cannot read or tell a short story independently using full sentences
    • Does not want to eat meals with the family