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Ignite Learning

High schools have much in common with elementary school — caring and supportive teachers, co-instructional activities such as clubs and teams and friendly students in the hallways.  Each secondary school offers an extensive orientation program for Grade 8 students making the transition to Grade 9.  Be sure to participate in these programs.  Ask questions and remember that the Guidance staff and all teachers are there to assist you with your transition to high school.


We want you to feel welcome in your teen's new school.  Research shows that learning improves when parents work together with the school as partners in their teen's student achievement.  We encourage you to remain involved by attending information sessions, joining the school community council and most importantly through dialogue with your teen on their daily progress at high school.  We have a shared responsibility to provide your teen with the best possible education in a safe and supportive  environment.  We look forward to working with you in support of student success in Durham.



Choosing My Success: Student Transition Guide, Grade 8 to Grade 9

Preparing yourself for the transition to high school will ensure that you are on the path to success.

In this guide, you will find information that will help you choose courses for Grade 9, map out your high school path and begin to consider opportunities after high school. ​

Refining My Pathway image

As you make your way through high school, you will be faced with many choices and decisions about your future.

Information in this guide, will help you as you plan for your senior years at high school. 

Designing My Future Student Transition Guide

The information in this guide was designed to assist you as you make choices about your future.  In it, you will find helpful hints, websites and things to consider as you leave secondary school for the world of work, apprenticeship, college or university. 




Durham District School Board
400 Taunton Road East,
Whitby, ON
L1R 2K6 Canada

Phone: 905-666-5500
Fax: 905-666-6474
Toll Free: 1-800-265-3968
TTY 905-666-6943, 877-868-5575
© Durham District School Board, 2013