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Passport to Grade 9 Transition
Program Description

Program Description


The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, through St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education, welcomes you to Grade 9. As a secondary student you will have new and exciting times at high school, full of opportunities and experiences.

Each Catholic secondary school is now preparing for the Grade 9 summer orientation program called, “Passport to Grade 9”. This program represents the commitment to provide students with the knowledge and skills to attain success in both their learning and growth in all aspects of life and faith.

The program’s emphasis is on providing a snapshot of the Grade 9 secondary experience by orienting, supporting and meeting the needs of the incoming students. The program is taught by fully qualified teachers and focuses on preparing the students for the major differences between elementary and the upcoming secondary school journey.

The Passport to Grade 9 is a two-day program, which includes:
- the distinctiveness of Catholic schools and integration of the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations;
- the development of Learning Skills and Work Habits;
- Educational Pathways and Career Planning;
- Health and Wellness;
- The values of teamwork and collaboration; and,
- orientation to the student’s secondary school.

The Passport to Grade 9 program is fully interactive, embracing technology with a focus on essential literacy and numeracy skills. Students will be permitted to bring their own devices to the classroom.

Students are not required to wear a uniform

Students are asked to bring a lunch and/or snack for the two days.

Who May Apply

Students entering a HWCDSB secondary school in September 2020.

How To Register


Please complete the Student Registration form below with your child and return the form to your child’s teacher by TBA. If you have any questions, please contact the classroom teacher or Christine Waite at St. Charles, 905-577-0555 extension 3200, or at

Schedule and Locations

Locations: All HWCDSB secondary schools

Dates: TBA