School Initiatives

High School: Application and Planning Information

Grade 8 is a very exciting time as our students begin to prepare for high school admissions. We wanted you to be aware of the changes to the procedures surrounding expression of interest.  

TDSB’s Central Secondary Student Interest Programs:  The TDSB offers more than 40 central special interest programs for secondary students (e.g. Arts-focus, International Baccalaureate). Programs focus on a variety of interests including the Arts; math, science and technology; leadership pathway; International Baccalaureate; and more. These programs are for anyone who demonstrates an interest and passion in a particular area. 

Application for these programs opens in November.  Please check the TDSB website for the most up-to-date information

Learn more about each of these programs on our secondary central student interest programs websites. You can learn about each of the programs, review program and application requirements, get dates for upcoming open houses and webinars and all application timelines.  

Have questions about a program or application? Visit one of our open houses, attend our virtual information session or join us in our virtual application support drop-ins. We are here to help!


Many of the high schools are requesting documents, please be aware if you are asking for copies of report cards or other documentation, our office staff can accommodate but will need about a week to turn requests around.  Please send an email to with the subject heading: Report Card Request.

The following resources will help with the application and course selection process.


Secondary School Optional Attendance Form