Get a HeadStart to Grade 9 is a voluntary, value-added summer support program offered FREE for Grade 8 students entering Grade 9. This program is only available to students enrolled in our Catholic Secondary Schools each September.

Grade 9 is an exciting, yet challenging milestone.  BE PREPARED for those first few weeks/months of Grade 9 at our Catholic Secondary Schools next September.

Get a HEADStart to Grade 9 is a four-day (half day) in person preparatory program, filled with small group and large group activities throughout the school, so students can gradually adjust to the “largeness” of high school.  As students prepare for this significant transition, HeadStart is offered just before the new school year begins.  The program is infused with literacy and numeracy activities and the all-important social adjustment factor, providing students with those preliminary tools to be academically successful at the beginning of the school year.

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 and organizational skills to achieve success and a chance to connect with peers (old and new) in meaningful ways during this transition.


Registration opens after March Break.

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Please note that this program is run by St. Louis.  Please contact them for more information 519-578-3660.