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Summer School - Reach Ahead (Gr. 8s)

Summer School Program - Reach Ahead

The Reach Ahead program is a face to face experience that involves four (4) full weeks of daily on-site instruction for grade 8 students who will be entering grade 9 at one of our BHNCDSB secondary schools in September.

Reach Ahead will run from June 29 - July 24, 2020 (Holiday July 1, 2020). Attendance is mandatory for all days of the program. Registration opens January 13, 2020 and will close June 14, 2020. ​*Times/Locations Subject to Change

  BENEFITS of the Program

  • 4-week credit-bearing course
  • Face-to-face instruction
  • Earn a credit before high school
  • Understanding academic expectations
  • Healthy active living strategies
  • Familiarization of the school layout
  • Meeting classmates & making new friends

  FAQ & Course Descriptions

  • For answers to Frequently Asked Questions and Course Descriptions please click here.

Reach Ahead vs. Ready, Set, Go!

Find out what program is best for you? or participate in both! click here.


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Due to mandatory facility upgrades and construction during July 2020, the Reach Ahead program for Assumption College School (ONLY) will be offered at St. John's College with transportation provided from central locations.

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   Dates & Attendance

  • Daily attendance for all four (4) weeks is required in order to earn this Grade 9 credit

  • These are face to face courses and attendance is mandatory in order to earn the credit.

  • Holidays should not be taken during the duration of the course.

  Locations & Hours

  • The Reach Ahead program for Summer 2020 will held at both Holy Trinity Catholic High School (HT) and St. John’s College (SJC) locations from June 29 to July 24, 2020.

 PLEASE NOTE: Assumption College (ACS) students will attend classes at the St. John’s College location due to significant construction taking place at Assumption College in July.

  • Bus transportation from limited central locations will be available for students in the Reach Ahead program.  Door to door bus service will not be available.
  • Reach Ahead program hours at Holy Trinity Catholic High School will be from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM week days, June 29 to July 24, 2020.

  • Reach Ahead program hours at St. John's College (for both ACS and SJC Students) will be from 8:10 AM to 2:10 PM week days, June 29 to July 24, 2020.


  • Holy Trinity Catholic School Bus Schedule - TBD

  • Assumption College School / St. John's College Bus Schedule - TBD

   Uniforms / Clothing

  • Students will not be required to wear a school uniform for any of the Reach Ahead courses.

  • For those taking the PAD1O Outdoor Living course personal athletic clothing must be worn each day.

  Refreshments, Snack, Lunch

  • Lunch will not be provided so students must bring their own lunch and refreshments.

  • There will be no access to a cafeteria.

  • Students will have access to a water fountain if they choose to bring their own personal water bottle to fill.

 ​  BHNCDSB Email, Username and Password

  • All email communication will come through students' BHNCDSB e-mail account, NOT personal e-mail accounts.

  • User name and passwords are used for the BHNCDSB online learning platform Desire2Learn (D2L).

  • If the use of D2L is required for the Reach Ahead course that students are enrolled in, the classroom teacher will review the D2L portal and accessing course content there in-class on June 29, 2020.

  • If students do not know their username and password they should speak to their current grade 8 teacher for this information.

  • If the teacher is not able to assist, please contact the Continuing Education Secretary at

   Desire2 Learn (D2L) Learning Platform

   Information Night at Secondary School

  • There will NOT be be an information night at the secondary schools as previously indicated. Instead, teachers will be emailing students directly.

   Withdrawal from Reach Ahead Courses

  • If circumstances change prior to the start of the Summer School Reach Ahead program and a student is no longer able to/does not wish to participate in the program, please contact the Continuing Education Secretary at prior to June 29, 2020. The student's name will be removed from the registration list without academic penalty.

  • Parental consent is required for removal from a course for all students under the age of 18, so if a student is under the age of 18 a parent must be the one who makes the contact.


For more information about Reach Ahead during the school year, please contact the Student Success Teacher at your Secondary School:

Assumption College

257 Shellard Lane
Brantford, ON N3T 5L5

NITA APOSTOLI-SURETTE 519-751–2030 x232


Holy Trinity Catholic High School

128 Evergreen Hill Road
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4N5



St. John's College

80 Paris Road
Brantford, ON N3R 1H9



For more information about Summer School programs please contact the Continuing Education offices at:

Main Office 519-753-0552

Continuing Education Secretary - Hailey Bouckhuyt 519-756-6505 x407

Principal of Continuing Education - Terre Slaght 519-756-6505 x402




All BHNCDSB students have the ability to download and use a copy of Microsoft office at home free of charge. Students must also know their BHNCDSB username and password to do the installation. The following link will walk you through how to install it on your computer: Install MS Office for home.