Information for Grade 8 Students

2023-2024 - REGISTER FOR GRADE 9!

2023-2024 Course Calendar Wrap (outlines graduation requirements - My Blueprint, What You Need to Graduate, Pathway Steps for All, Stay Informed, Experiential Learning, Student Success, Parent Tips for Planning Post-secondary Pathways, Everyone Belongs Here, Virtual Library Learning Commons, Parent Portal, Online Payment System).  All information within this document is provided in an accessible and translatable format at  

2023-2024 GDHS Course Calendar (Grades 9-12)

2023-2024 Grade 9 Course Selection Worksheet

Specialist High Skills Major Options at GDHS

Dual Credit Options at GDHS

2022 2023 Parent Testimonials

2022 2023 Grad Testimonials

GDHS Message from OPP Officer - Kevin Howe


GAELS Get Involved!

2022 Fun times at GDHS

2022 GAEL Force Video

Hey Grade 8's!  Welcome to GDHS 2023-2024!

Glencoe District High School is an INNOVATIVE school with fantastic students, teachers, and community support!    Are you a Grade 8 student looking for a SAFE and FUN Secondary School to attend with GREAT academics, sports teams and clubs?  THEN JOIN US!

 Do you know about our academics?

  • GDHS has the highest credit attainment and five-year graduation rates within Thames Valley District School Board!  And, despite being one of the smallest schools in the Board, we also have the highest number of students graduating from our Specialist High Skills Major Tech Programs (Construction and Transportation).  
  • For several years GDHS has had a 100% acceptance rate at Canadian Universities, and Canadian Colleges.  We offer Academic, Locally Developed, College, University, Apprenticeship and Workplace pathways.
  • Last year, 95% of all courses taken at GDHS were passed, including 96% of all grade 9 courses.
  • Grade 9 and Grade 10 compulsory courses at GDHS are the same as all other Ontario Secondary Schools.
  • Our smaller class sizes means more one-on-one attention from your teacher and more collaboration between grades and department projects are possible.
  • With donations from our community and local businesses, approximately $46,000 in scholarships, awards, and bursaries are awarded every year to GDHS students at our Commencement Ceremony.
  • We offer a wide variety of Physical Education credits which involve personal fitness, large group activities, and how to lead a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Popular at GDHS, is the Senior Personal Life Management course which prepares students for independent living. They will learn about personal, legal and financial responsibilities and how to manage their financial resources.
  • We offer Specialist High Skills Major Tech Programs in Construction and Transportation where students graduate with Sector Certifications and a Red Seal Diploma.
  • Our Dual Credit Program is a collaborative program in conjunction with TVDSB, Lambton College and Fanshawe College.  Students have the opportunity to earn two college and two equivalent high school credits.
  • Several of our students have placed in the top 25% in North America for math awards.
  • We make local connections for Co-operative Education and Apprenticeships. 

You will also be interested to learn…

  • We have daily student-run video announcements that provide our students with real world experience.
  • We have a daily Breakfast Club program run by our staff and student volunteers.
  • In the past eight years, students and staff have donated over 3500 toys and too many canned goods to count to help the community at Christmas.
  • Our extremely talented teaching faculty includes a 20+ year volunteer fire-fighter, a semi-pro hockey player, a certified open water scuba diver, certified professional soccer coach, avid amateur fisherman, highly skilled paddleboarder, Festivus Bronze Medalist, Glencoe Fair Ambassador and Homemaking Queen, a Tae Kwon Do Black Belt, a filmmaker with music videos on MuchMusic and one pursuing their private pilot’s license.  We also have teachers who have taught in England, Thailand, Qatar and Australia.
  • We have all the advantages of smaller class sizes - you will be noticed and very well supported.  

Do you know about our extra-curriculars?

  • GAELS Get Involved!  GDHS has many extra-curricular opportunities!  Archery, Badminton, Band, Baseball, Basketball, Best Buddies, Breakfast Club, Cheerleading, Chess Club, Cross Country, Curling, Environmental Club, Fishing, FitClub, Forest of Reading, GAEL Force, Golf, GSA Club, Hockey, Mathletes, Photography/Yearbook Club, Robotics, Soccer, Students’ Council, Student Athletic Association, Tennis, Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Video Game Club.  New and old clubs/teams will run based on student interest. Many GDHS athletes/teams have qualified, competed and been successful at WOSSAA and OFSSAA.
  • GDHS Colour Houses!  All students and staff are assigned to a Colour House team and compete throughout the year for points and prizes!
  • Our smaller numbers mean you have more opportunity to make our sports teams and join more clubs. 
  • When you join a team or club you’ll spend less time travelling to and from school for meetings, practices and games because you chose to attend your community school.
  • G.A.E.L. F.O.R.C.E. [Gaels Acquiring Excellent Leadership (through) Friendship, Opportunity, Responsibility, Communication and Experience] is developed and run entirely by senior GDHS students for Grade 9 and 10 students every year. 
  • Our “High School Here I Come” program runs in August and will assist your son or daughter in his/her transition from elementary school to high school.  Details will be released as they become available. 


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If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Guidance Department at Glencoe DHS by emailing or by calling 519-287-3310 ext 67696.

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