Transitioning to Grade 9 - Head Start Program

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Summer school registrations are currently open; however, due to Covid 19 measures, the Durham Catholic DSB may revise programming.  If Head Start is not offered in a classroom setting, remote learning will be the mode of instruction. Please continue to check the website for updates.

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. 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 is also integrated into the program.


Our Head Start program runs from Monday August 24 to Thursday, August 27, 2020 (8:30 am - 1:30 pm).


  • Students are not required to wear their uniform during this program;
  • Pack a light lunch/snack; and
  • Parents and guardians are responsible for all transportation.


We offer the Head Start program at 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


Registrations open April 6, 2020 and close June 25, 2020. 

 Click to Download and print registration form 

Click here to register  online.  

​Registrations can be sent to the Ajax Campus via fax, email or in person. For questions about our Summer School program, please email

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