I really want personal experience of the first day etc. I don't care too much about the paperwork, unless it really plays a big role. The only thing I know about transferring is from popular culture, and I want to make sure I'm realistic.
My biggest question is, is it likely for a new student to meet with someone, the principal, guidance counselor, whoever, on or before their first day? Or, are they just thrown into the mix with hardly anything? I want to have my character meet with someone, but I don't know if that's normally done. Also, how is the first day handled? Anything special? If it makes a difference, my character's coming in halfway through the school year, perhaps right after winter break.
This takes place somewhere in modern-day America in a public school. I know every district is different, but I need some type of guide.
I tried searching, but all I got was the paperwork stuff. No personal experiences.
Edit: If it matters, I haven't really decided on the size of the school. Probably a smaller-medium size, it could be more personal?