Grade 8 Reach Ahead Program

If you are a Grade 8 student registered to attend a high school in the Durham Catholic District School Board in September, a Grade 9 credit is available this summer as part of our Reach Ahead Program.  

Successful completion of the Reach Ahead Program fulfills one of the two online learning credits that is a requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. 

Summer School Reach Ahead courses will be offered online. 


Register Here by 4:00 pm June 26, 2023

High School Credit Courses - Online

We offer the following high school credit courses as part of the Reach Ahead Program: 

  • Introduction to Business (BBI1O)  
  • Exploring Family Studies - Transition to High School (HIF1O) 
  • U.P. (Ultimate Potential) Math (GLS1O)  
  • Expressions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Cultures (NAC1O) CANCELLED

Course Description

Introduction to Business (BBI 1O1) 

This course introduces you to the world of business.  You will develop an understanding of the functions of business, including accounting, marketing, and information and communication technology.  This course builds a foundation for further studies in business and helps you develop the business knowledge and skills you will need in your everyday life.

Exploring Family Studies - Transition to High School (HIF1O) 

This course explores some relevant needs that students face: the transition to high school, how to relate to others, how to manage resources, and how to become responsible members of society. Students will have opportunities to develop interpersonal, decision-making, and practical skills related to daily life. They will use research skills as they explore topics related to personal and family needs. Students will explore strategies to support their personal health and well-being.

U.P. (Ultimate Potential) Math (GLS1O)  

UP (Ultimate Potential) Mathematics is a specialized program that provides student candidates with the opportunity to learn key math concepts, address gaps in learning, and develop problem-solving processes that are important for developing a good foundation for Grade 9 mathematics.

*A recommendation from the Grade 8 teacher is required for each student in UP Math.

Expressions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Cultures (NAC1O)  CANCELLED

This course explores various arts disciplines, giving students the opportunity to create, present, and analyse art works, including integrated art works/ productions, that explore or reflect First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives and cultures. Students will examine the interconnected relationships between art forms and individual and cultural identities, histories, values, protocols, and ways of knowing and being. 



Reach Ahead courses run July 4 to 27, 2023

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 2:37 pm

*The Username and Password for the online course will be emailed to all students by June 30th at 4:00 pm. 
Please ensure you provide an up-to-date email address and check your junk mail for communication from Continuing Education.

Online Student Orientation

Online Student Orientation Session - July 4, 2023 

Students will be contacted by their teacher for start-up details.

Please check junk email boxes and contact if you do not receive a D2L/Brightspace Username and Password by June 30 @ 4:00 pm.

 Course Information

  • Due to the compressed timeframe in a summer high school credit course, students can only register for the equivalent of one Reach Ahead course in the summer, and can not combine a high school credit course with any other course or program.
  • Students in an online course will be expected to adhere to the standard rules of Academic Integrity and follow the Code of Conduct as expected of students in the face-to-face classroom setting.
  • Students taking an online course will be expected to log-in on a daily basis and meet all deadlines.  Students should be able to commit to daily online work for an online learning credit.
  • Flexibility of an online course allows students to access their course material from anywhere that has internet access and any time during the day or night; however, students may be offered the opportunity to participate in a discussion synchronously, to support their learning. 
  • Once students are registered and enrolled into the on-line environment, they will be able to access their courses at

Contact us

For more information about our Reach Ahead Program, please email us at or call 905-438-0570.