Transitioning to High School/Head Start Program

The transition from elementary school to high school is a time of celebration - new challenges and opportunities await for our students. We recognize that students enter Grade 9 with different strengths, interests and goals.

For this reason, students can select a variety of different course levels and programs that provide learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom. These programs will best meet an individual's needs and help students make choices to achieve a destination pathway that complements an individual's talents.

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Transitional Supports 

All students benefit from transitional supports when moving from elementary to secondary school. 

Other supports offered to Grade 8 students include:

  • transition meetings between secondary and elementary school teams;
  • virtual parent and student information sessions;
  • virtual tours of our secondary schools;
  • visits by a high school's Guidance, Program Support and Student Success staff;
Head Start Program 

We offers a summer transition program for students entering Grade 9 called Head Start. This program is offered at your local high school in late August and gives students an overview of math and literacy, while providing study tips and strategies to achieve success in high school.

Students also receive an orientation and tour of the school and start to make new friends.

For information on how to register, visit our Continuing and Adult Education site or speak to your child's Grade 8 teacher or school principal.


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