Transitioning to Grade 9 - Head Start Program

Head Start Program

The Head Start - Transitioning to High School program is available to all Grade 8 students going into Grade 9 at one of our Durham Catholic District School Board high schools. Head Start is scheduled to run in-person.  Parents/Guardians are responsible for transportation to and from the secondary school.

The program involves a review of language and mathematics skills and provides students with a preview of the Grade 9 curriculum for Mathematics, English and Study Skills. Health and well-being and fun activities are also integrated into the program.  This program is non-credit.

Students who took the program last year shared what they enjoyed most about the program:

“I like how well it prepared me for high school.”

“I liked how the teacher shared a lot of information about the school and classes”.

“The lessons on Study Skills were very useful.”

“The teachers were really friendly.”

Registration for Head Start 2023 - closes August 11, 2023

Registration for Current Durham Catholic DSB Grade 8 Students

Registration for Non-DCDSB Grade 8 Students (currently registered in another school board) who will be attending a DCDSB High School in Sept. 2023



Our Head Start program runs from Monday August 21 to Thursday, August 24, 2023 (8:30 am - 1:30 pm).


We offer the Head Start program at each of the following secondary schools:

  • St. Mary Catholic Secondary School
  • Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School
  • Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School
  • Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School
  • All Saints Catholic Secondary School
  • Archbishop Denis O'Connor Catholic High School
  • Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School


Head Start will be held in class at the secondary school.  

For questions about our Summer School program, please email