Starting high school is exciting! 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.
While still in elementary school, you’ll have the chance to meet students from your future high school when they come to our school to volunteer or make presentations. We’ll also visit your future high school for events and other activities.
When you get to high school, we hope you’ll come back and visit to let us know how you’re doing!
Students from Ferndale Woods ES go to Bear Creek SS
Every student is required to complete 40 hours of community involvement in order to receive his/her diploma. Students are now able to start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter Grade 9!
The purpose is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they can play in their community and to help them develop a greater sense of belonging.
Students are encouraged to choose an activity that interests them or try out a future career area that they would like to explore. Some students may wish to complete more than 40 hours, especially if they have a particular area of interest or destination pathway.
Contact your secondary school’s Guidance Department for more information about eligible activities and the process of recording your community involvement hours.
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.