The transition from elementary to secondary school is among the most challenging periods of adolescence. Effective transition planning to secondary school begins for all students in Grade 7 and continues into and sometimes beyond Grade 9. A smooth transition contributes to a strong foundation for success in secondary school and beyond.
Elementary and secondary schools work collaboratively to develop strategies that support student planning for successful transitions from elementary to secondary school. Secondary Student Success teachers visit Grade 7 and 8 classrooms to provide students with information about the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requirements, specialized programs, extracurricular activities, strategies for completing the community involvement requirement, post secondary opportunities, and the education and career/life planning process.
All secondary schools have a Link Crew program (see “Link Crew” for more information). Grade 11 and 12 students who are members of the Link Crew provide robust Orientation sessions for new students on the first day of school. The Link Crew continues to support new students both academically and socially throughout their grade nine year.
Additional resources and supports are provided to students who face additional challenges as they embark on the Grade 8 – 9 transition process. At transition interviews held at the elementary school, a Student Success Transition Interview Form (SSI009) is completed for students considered “at risk”; this form outlines the supports required as the student moves from elementary to secondary school. When the student reaches secondary school, the Student Success team provides the support required.
Matthew Bowen – Student Success Consultant
(705) 748-4861 x 197