Information for Grade 8 Students

GRADE 8 INFORMATION NIGHT AND OPEN HOUSE IS TONIGHT!

Glencoe District High School Information Night and Open House - Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 6:00PM
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Experience GDHS Day - Friday, January 12, 2024 - 9:15AM-2:00PM
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GDHS TESTIMONIALS

Check out 2023-2024 Grad Testimonials by clicking here

Check out 2023-2024 Parent Testimonials by clicking here

COURSE SELECTION

GDHS 2024-2025 Course Calendar Wrap

GDHS 2024-2025 Course Calendar

Grade 9 Course Planning Worksheet

SPECIAL OFFERINGS AT GDHS

Specialist High Skills Major at GDHS

Dual Credit Options at GDHS

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GAELS Get Involved!

GDHS Message from OPP Officer - Kevin Howe

Click here for the TVDSB Transition Guide to High School

 

GLENCOE DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL
SMALLER, SMARTER, STRONGER

For up-to-the-minute information please visit our website at glencoe.tvdsb.ca
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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.
  • Historically, 96% 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 an Introduction to Kinesiology. 
  • We offer Food & Nutrition and Personal Life Management courses which teach students how to prepare food safely and how to live independently. They will learn about meal preparation and will become certified in Safe Food Handling. Students will also learn how to create a budget and manage a mortgage, insurance, groceries, clothing, and investments. 
  • In Exploring Technologies students will rotate through construction, metal shop, plumbing, electrical, communications technology and transportation technologies.
  • We offer Specialist High Skills Major Tech Programs in Construction and Transportation where students graduate with Sector Certifications and a Red Seal Diploma.
  • GDHS is currently in the application process to offer a third SHSM program in Health & Wellness starting September 2024!
  • 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 a daily Breakfast Club program run by our staff and student volunteers.
  • In the past eight years, students and staff have donated over 3800 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, an amateur fisherman, an experienced hunter, a highly skilled paddleboarder, a Festivus Bronze Medalist, Glencoe Fair Ambassador and Homemaking Queen, a world class swim coach, an avid cyclist, a trained boxer, and two Red Seal Chefs!  We also have teachers who have taught in Australia, Brazil, England, Qatar, Seoul, South Korea, and Thailand.
  • Many students are given leadership opportunities who would often be overlooked in a big school simply due to numbers.
  • GDHS is undergoing major renovations over the next year which include a new Library/Learning Commons, new gymnasium floor, new interior doors, new exterior windows and doors and exterior refresh, and newly paved driveway, staff and student parking lots.
  • Once a month we host FUN Friday’s at GDHS for an end of week prize draw, emceed by Mr. Maloney and Mr. Taylor.  We blast music and give away prizes like donuts and Smile Cookies!

Do you know about our extra-curriculars?

  • GAELS Get Involved! GDHS has many extra-curricular opportunities!  Archery, Badminton, Band, Baseball, Basketball, Best Buddies, Chess Club, Cross Country, Curling, Environmental Club, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Fishing, GAEL Force, Golf, GSA, Hockey, Mathletes, Photography/Yearbook Club, Robotics, Soccer, Students’ Council, Student Athletic Association, Tennis, Track & Field, Video Game Club.  New and old clubs/teams will run based on student interest.
  • GDHS Colour Houses!  All students and staff are assigned to a Colour House team and compete in different activities 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.
  • Many GDHS athletes/teams have qualified, competed and been successful at WOSSAA and OFSSAA.
  • Members of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee lead, collaboratively, by example to influence and inspire others and bring a sense of belonging, respect, encouragement and support to the school community.
  • 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.

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! Glencoe District High School is an INNOVATIVE school with fantastic students, teachers, and community support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Contact Us

© 2023 , 3581 Concession Drive, Glencoe . Tel. 519-287-3310, Fax 519-287-3889, glencoe@tvdsb.ca,  Superintendent: A. Canham  Trustees: A. Morell  C. Sachs