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Grade 8 Transition

Welcome to Elmvale District High School!  The staff at Elmvale District High School are working together to assist you with your transition to high school.  For the first time in your school career you get to choose some of the courses you take. It's also the time to explore what you want to do for a job when you're older. ​

Sometimes students feel nervous about starting high school—that's completely normal. Any time we go through a big change in our life, it's natural to have some nerves. It's important to know that you're not alone. You and hundreds of other students are starting grade 9 for the first time. Some students will come from other elementary schools, so it's a chance to meet new people.

High school also offers even more sports and activities than we have available at our elementary school. There is a lot to choose from, and getting involved in activities is one of the best ways to meet people and make friends who have the same interests as you do.

Browse through our current course selections here...  Course Calendar 2021-2022.pdf

Download this worksheet when you are ready to submit your course selctions...  Grade 9 Course Selection Worksheet.pdf

If you have questions at any time please feel free to contact our Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Georgy-Jenkinson at  EDHS Guidance

If you missed our virtual presentations for current Grade 8 students click here...   

     Virtual Grade 8 Night presentation

Planning for Transitions and Successful Futures:

  • Grade 8 teachers see the student in a variety of learning situations, conferencing with parents about individual student strengths/interests to recommend type of program for compulsory subjects that recognizes the current learning skills while challenging the student.


  • Students have the option to study individual subjects with various types of content programming. It is important to consider the whole child and the level of challenge a student faces by various subject matter, along with student maturity, individual attitude or affinity toward school and learning.


  • Focusing on a student’s current skills, work habits, interests and learning styles becomes instrumental in supporting student success in grade 9. Matching the program of study to a student’s current learning skills and work habits will provide a student with the confidence to build their independence and self-reliance.  Should they choose to change their pathway down the road they have a solid foundation of success and work habits.


  • Success in grade 9 has a significant impact on a student’s individual success in completing their high school program in 4 years.


  • Doors don’t close for successful students.  Successful students can move between pathways to achieve their ultimate future goals.


  • Pathways can change as a student’s personal interests, skills, and abilities change.  A Student may need to invest time and energy to prepare for success in a new pathway, but the ability to redirect one’s own path is always available


  • Recommend parents review their student’s myBlueprint account together to explore future opportunities.  Together they can look at student interests, skills and programs to plan for a variety of post-secondary opportunities.  

     At any time teachers and parents can review the Pathways Course Selection Parent Guide on the public website. 


    Matching the student abilities to programming in secondary school



Characteristics of Program Style

Key Message

Locally Developed

  • Learning most essential concepts of a subject
  • Basic knowledge and skills are developed through concrete practical tasks
  • Demonstrates familiar and real-life applications of content


Students focus on the foundational skills that will support them in all areas of their high school career.  Students will demonstrate and relate their learning with practical applications tied to real life experiences.  Locally developed content will support ongoing skill acquisition for students who have experienced difficulty with the grade 8 expectations.  If your child’s Individual Education Plan supports MODIFIED grade 8 expectations please consult with the student’s special education teacher about this course content.  The development of various competencies in locally developed programming can lead students to pathway transitions that include applied programming.


  • Learning essential concepts of a subject
  • Knowledge and skills are developed through practical applications
  • Demonstrates familiar and real-life applications of content


Students develop concrete knowledge and skills through practical applications that demonstrate the essential concepts of specific subject material. Students will be challenged by moderate pacing and homework expectations to support in-class learning activities. Differentiated instruction see students use a variety of learning strategies, including the manipulation of content with the support of visual or kinesthetic aids, and the demonstration of the relationship between the learning and everyday life.  Focused teacher direction support students as they develop 21st century learning skills and engage in life long-learning.


  • Learning essential concepts of a subject and exploring related materials and ideas
  • Emphasis on theory and abstract thinking as a basis for future inquiry and problem solving


Theory is understanding of a system of ideas intended to explain something.  Programming uses content and theory to enrich learning by developing the abstract thinking skills of students. The content is designed to develop the ability of students to conceptualize or generalize, understanding that each concept can have multiple meanings. Programming  develops abstract thinkers, helps students to see patterns beyond the obvious or “outside of the box” and become creative problem solvers.  Students explore ‘big ideas’ related through comparison, hypothesizing and research related to subject content.  The work is more demanding and regular homework completion expectations are emphasized.  Student in academic programming typically are capable of demonstrating provincial standards in grade 8.


Parent's Guide to High School

Parents, check out our Parent's Guide to High School. It's designed to help you support your teen through the high school years.

In addition to graduation requirements, this guide provides an overview of the range of opportunities and support we provide for students, from guidance and career education, to support for student mental health needs.


Supporting Successful Transitions:  Information Sharing Between Elementary & Secondary Schools

As students progress from elementary school to secondary school, important personal student information is shared which eases each student's transition to secondary school. Sharing this information also improves our ability to program effectively to benefit all students. Select student information will be shared at different times as appropriate. The collection and use of personal student information for such purposes is authorized under sections 170, 171, 190 Part X and Part XIII of the Education Act. Please note that all information used for the transition process is limited, secure and protected at all times. Please contact Superintendent Finlayson, Superintendent of Education for this area, if you would like more information.


Link Crew

Our school participates in the nationwide Link Crew Program, an organization whose sole purpose is to help grade nines feel more comfortable as well as help them achieve success in their first year of high school.

The Link Crew grade nine orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support grade nines by assigning them a senior student Link Leader as a mentor during this first year.  This Link Leader is a responsible older student who was hand selected from a large pool of applicants and has met the qualifications of being a good role model and a positive leader at our school. 



Here are some ways that the Link Crew leaders welcome and support our new Eagles:

  1. Your teen will receive a phone call from his or her Link Crew Leader with a personal invite to Grade 9 Orientation Day, which is held in late August. 
  2. With the help of teacher advisors, EDHS Link Crew students will host our Grade 9 Orientation Day which is three hours of fun and welcoming activities for all grade 9 students.
  3. Throughout the year, Link Crew will be host several spirit activities designed just for grade 9 students.
  4. Link Crew members will be there to support your teen throughout the year, both academically and socially.