Grade 6 Transition Program
By the time a child reaches Grade 6, they are emotionally and socially ready to leave Elementary School behind. Yet for most, the prospect of entering High School can be very intimidating.
There is much research that tells us that students who ease their way into high school are much more successful academically and emotionally. The stress of entering high school is highly reduced when students are exposed to their future environment ahead of time and are aware of the physical layout of the building, for example.
Our Transition Program aims at gently easing our Grade 6 students into high school life. Every Friday morning, the Grade 6 students are bussed to the High School campus where they spend the day following their regular Grade 6 curriculum but in the context of a typical high school day. They have the opportunity to meet the high school teachers that they will be working with once they enter Grade 7 and benefit from the use of the high school science labs, gym, cafeteria and theatre spaces. Most importantly, they become comfortable and familiar with older students and the daily flow of high school life.
As part of their day at the high school, students also take part in Advisor period where they have the opportunity to connect with one another, be informed of all activities, as well as discuss successes and concerns as a pre-high school student. During the lunch period, intramural activities are offered as well as Robotics, math club, video game creation and programming and several other activities. No wonder our students refer to this day of the week as "Fun Friday!"