Nervousness about starting high school is heightened for most students in the days leading up to the first day of Grade 9. HEADStart can alleviate some of that anxiety.
Since 2010, St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board have worked together to create a phenomenal program that addresses academic and social anxiety, provides Gr 8 students going into Grade 9 with the tools of academic readiness, study skills to achieve success and a chance to connect with peers (old and new) in meaningful ways during this transition.
Two Awesome Days!
Get a HEADStart to Grade 9 is a two-day program and will be jam-packed with activities that because of Covid-19 will be limited to small group activities throughout the school, so students can gradually adjust to the “largeness” of high school. As we prepare for a school year like no other, HeadStart is offered just before the new school year begins. Program Dates are still to be determined, yet they are often at the end of August.
Commitment to attend HeadStart ensures optimal learning, the greatest benefit and the least disruption within the limited hours the program is running. If students cannot attend at all for whatever reason, please let us know in advance if you can. All students who are able to attend HEADStart will be encouraged to pay it forward and show their peers a few tips they learned once school begins.
Transition to Grade 9 in so MANY WAYS!
Every Waterloo Catholic high school has a team of students and staff that will help before school begins.
- Read the Entering Secondary School Transition Guide
- Attend a pre-recorded Grade 8 Information and Pathway Presentation evenings for Parents and Students
- Ask questions about courses, different levels and different pathways when you meet the school guidance teachers
- Students may be able to attend class tours in their Family of Schools Secondary School in Spring – to be determined
- Participate in virtual Transition Meetings arranged by your Elementary School
- Register in Spring to attend HeadStart at the end of August.
HEADStart merely gives Grade 9 students a bit more support, more time to adjust to the transition, and gain more confidence to cope with the first few weeks of high school … and as a benefit, they will be able to focus more on course learning and achievement and making choices regarding involvement in other school activities rather than “sweating the small stuff”.