Grade 8-9 Information

Welcome Grade 8s and families!

There are lots of opportunities for grade 8 students to meet the staff and students of GDHS as they prepare their course choices for grade 9. There are lots of events throughout the year to help prepare students for their transition to high school.

Key Transition Dates 2020-2021

  • October: Accelerated Learning Program and International Baccalaureate Information Evening - Date TBD

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 7pm: Gr 8 Parent Information Evening (Access the Open House Here)

  • Late November/Early December 2020: Guidance Counsellors visit Gr 8 feeder schools for Course Selection Presentations - Specific dates TBD

  • December 2020/January 2021: Course selection worksheets due to home room grade 8 teachers

  • Early January 2021: Grade 8s input course choices into

  • Spring 2021: GDHS student leaders visit all feeder schools for Transitioning to High School Presentations

  • August/September 2021: Grade 9 Orientation for all incoming grade 9s

Gr 8 students experience a "Day in the Life of a Gr 9 Student"


Course selection materials for gr 9 courses

All gr 8 students attending GDHS in Sept of their gr 9 year must complete this Option Sheet. Feeder school students submit this sheet to gr 8 homeroom teacher

Course descriptions for every grade 9 course and specialized program information for Locally Developed, French Immersion, Gifted, and ALP programs

This handbook provides students and families a comprehensive overview on transitioning to high school, graduation requirements, regional programs, and more

This slideshow is presented at the Gr 8 Parent Night and Open House at GDHS in November

Guidance counsellors present this slideshow to gr 8 classes in fall to prepare students for grade 9 course selection

For information about ALP, including the application form and timelines, visit this ALP/IB website

Video Tutorials for Grade 8s

OSSD Requirements

Exploring Secondary School Programs in HDSB

Selecting Courses at HDSB Secondary Schools

Choosing the right classes for me

An overview document about the types of course offerings in grade 9

What's the difference between Academic and Applied courses?

Supporting the transition to High School

Link Crew Leaders

ll grade 9 students receive a Link Leader as a senior mentor in the school. These leaders help our grade 9 students as they transition to high school. They are positive role models and enhance our school spirit by helping to implement a year-long program that integrates new students into our school's community.

Link Leaders organize Gr 9 Orientation Day, which typically occurs on the Thursday before Labour Day. The 2020 Digital Orientation Program is still to be determined.