High School, Here I Come! improves student success

Posted On Monday July 19, 2021

Thames Valley high schools are getting ready to offer students entering Grade 9 next year a sneak peek into the secondary school experience with the Board’s free, two-day High School, Here I Come! program.

Last year, a record 3,000 students enrolled in the popular program that offers tips, hints and skills for new students, says Program Supervisor Paul MacGregor, who expects strong enrolment this summer.

He encourages parents to enrol their children now before the August 10 deadline. For more information on how to register, visit www.tvdsb.ca/HSHIC.

“We know that the first few weeks at high school can be daunting, so the program is organized into four different themes to address the most common questions and concerns students may have,” says MacGregor.  

Throughout the two-day program, teachers provide students with practical scenarios on topics such as academic expectations and study skills, the importance of time management and organization, the realities and anxieties associated with high school, and how students can become involved in extra-curricular activities. 

According to MacGregor, students appreciate the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their new school building, while other students like to ask the teachers about life as a high school student.

“Consistently, we get students, and some parents, who thank us for putting their concerns at ease,” says MacGregor. “Plus many students simply thank us for showing them how to properly use their combination locks.”

High School Here I Come! runs August 23, 24 and 25, 26 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at high schools across the district.

For more information on how to register, visit www.tvdsb.ca/HSHIC.


For more information, contact:

Paul MacGregor,
Program Supervisor,
High School Here I Come!