Grade 8 Reaching Up: Kick Start Program

Getting Ready for High School

The school specific Kickstart program options are intended for grade 8 students transitioning into a YCDSB secondary school in September.

  • Dates: July 5 – 28, 2023
  • Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Grade 9 Receiving School

The transition from elementary to secondary school can be a time of increased anxiety, of not knowing what to expect. Will I be accepted? Will I make new friends? New beginnings bring as many new opportunities as they do challenges.

The Kickstart Summer Program is a great way for in-coming grade 9 students to address both challenges and opportunities. It helps to facilitate a soft-landing into secondary and their new home for the next four years.

The Kickstart Summer Program will focus on helping current Gr. 8 students develop the foundational literacy and numeracy skills for a successful transition into high school.

In addition to these skills, the program will also focus on student well-being, which could include pathways planning, mindfulness, time and stress management techniques and gap closing curriculum and activities to better support students transition into high school.

Students in the Kickstart Summer Program will earn their first High School credit in HIF101 – Family Studies, Grade 9. This course will count as one (1) high school credit that students will use towards graduation.

We recommend this program for all students coming into grade 9 as this is a fantastic opportunity to become a member of the vibrant culture and community of their school community.

Unfortunately we do not offer bussing for Summer School programs.

As this is a credit class students are not permitted to miss more than 3 classes.


Due to construction at Father Bressani CHS; the Kickstart Program will take place at Immaculate Conception CES

Due to new construction at St. Katherine Drexel CHS; the Kickstart Program will take place at St. Brigid CES.

Due to construction at St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS; the Kickstart Program will take place at St. Veronica CES

Due to construction at Holy Cross Catholic Academy; the Kickstart Program will take place at St. Peter CES

Due to construction at Father Michael McGivney CHS; the Kickstart Program will take place at St. Francis Xavier CES

Due to construction at Our Lady Queen of the World; the Kickstart Program will take place at Our Lady Help of Christians CES