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Focus Programs

Focus Programs are packages of courses that concentrate on a particular field of interest or training to provide students with both (academic) curriculum-specific and workplace experience, which help build a foundation for a career sector. They enable students to come together to benefit from specialized equipment and teacher expertise.

Career awareness and exploration

These programs are designed to help high school students make well-informed career decisions and to assist with a smooth transition to either post-secondary education or the world of work. At the Grade 9 and 10 level, Focus Awareness Programs engage learners who may benefit from an experiential approach to learning. At the Grade 11 and 12 level, Focus Exploration Programs provide students the opportunity to concentrate on a targeted area of study.

SAWS (workplace skills)Notre Dame High School 9Full year
TransportationLester B. Pearson Catholic High School10Full year
Emergency Response ServicesSt. Mother Teresa High School11 or 12Semester one
Caring for OthersImmaculata High School10Full year
Religion Integrated Through
Understanding Art & Life Strategies
Immaculata High School11Semester two

A Parent’s Guide to High School – Entering Grade 9

Changing grades is an exciting adventure for students, especially when entering high school. They’re growing up, but you still have a role in your child’s education.

Our Parent’s Guide to High School helps you prepare your child for the transition to grade 9. Our guide covers the essentials of how high school operates. It outlines what is different in grades 7 & 8, how to keep connected online and in school, and how to be involved in both school events and the bigger picture.

Also available in the following languages: French, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, and Arabic.