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 currently scheduled as in-person learning but could change to online due to Covid-19 measures.  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.”


Parents who have registered for the program will receive an email from Continuing Education prior to the start with important information about arrival to and departure from the school, as well as COVID-19 screening and other health and safety information.  If you have registered and did not receive the email, please contact


Registration for Current Durham Catholic DSB Grade 8 Students:
Registration for 2021 is now closed.

Registration for Non-DCDSB Grade 8 Students (currently registered in another school board) who will be attending a DCDSB High School in Sept. 2021:
Registration for 2021 is now closed.


Our Head Start program runs from Monday August 23 to Thursday, August 26, 2021 (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.  Due to COVID-19 measures, the DCDSB may revise programming.  Please continue to check the website for updates.

For questions about our Summer School program, please email