Going to High School

Grade 8 students, this is an exciting time in your educational career, as you prepare to graduate from Grade 8 and begin to plan for your transition to high school. 

The choices you make this year are important and will impact your future. Your parents/guardians, teachers and guidance counsellors are all here to help and to provide you with the information and tools you need to make informed decisions. 

In this section, you will find a variety of resources that will help you explore your options.

As a high school student at the TDSB, you have access to an incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. 

From specialized arts programs to technology and athletics, we have something for every student and can help you find the right path for a successful experience in high school and beyond.


Beyond 8 Powerpoint

This presentation was delivered to the Grade 8 students in their IT classes and was shown at the Grade 8-9 Parent Information Night  on November 5 . Please click here to view the slide deck.


Choices for 9 Interactive Guide For Parents and Students

This interactive guide is designed to help you and your child learn more about the choices for next year. 

All Grade 8 students were asked to complete an assignment on Google Classroom that required them to explore this guide.

Within this site, there are imbedded video clips presented by TDSB students that will further help to describe the information you need to prepare for Secondary School.


Secondary School Open Houses

To explore which school is right for you, make sure you attend the open houses at all schools you are considering. 
 

Key Timelines

While the 8-9 process is very exciting, it goes by very quickly. Here, you will find  important dates associated with this process.
 

Where Can I Apply?

Students who reside within the City of Toronto have the right to attend a school which is designated to serve their residential address. The "Find Your School" section of the website identifies the designated schools for each residential address.
 
Students also have the opportunity to access 2 Regular Schools and 2 Specialized Programs/Schools outside their home school. 
 
Acceptance at these schools is subject to space availability and program suitability. The procedures, conditions and timelines relating to optional attendance are described in the Optional Attendance Policy and the Optional Attendance Operational Procedure
 

Specialized Schools

To find out more about specialized programs in TDSB, you can click on the following link:http://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Going-to-High-School/Specialized-Schools-and-Programs
 

 

Alternative Schools

The TDSB offers 22 alternative schools at the secondary level. Each school is a close-knit, highly engaged, diverse community that offers a fresh and unique approach to learning.

Alternative schools are places where students find their way through learning environments that vary widely and often include self-directed projects, experiential learning, business and entrepreneurial mentorship programs, strong co-op programs and credit recovery opportunities - all while earning OSSD credits.

Here you may find extraordinary art and word galleries, classrooms with comfy couches, and teachers mentoring their students. These are schools where students need a new way - to find their way. And they do.
 

 

Grade 9 Program

To find out more about what your Grade 9 Program will look like and  the types of courses that will be available, you can look at this link: Ready for 9 Information