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Welcome to 'Beyond 8
Choices for 9 Interactive Guide'

Download the TDSB Secondary School Information Guide

As you navigate the following web pages you will find answers to a number of questions you may have about Grade 9 in the TDSB, including course types, and earning a secondary school diploma. We have also provided links to some of our other helpful websites for additional information you may be curious about. As well, you will be introduced to myBlueprint (a web-based planning tool), designed to assist in the educational planning that is required to make informed decisions about your Grade 9 course selections.

This interactive guide, together with Choices: Course Selection and Planning Guide 2018, your Parents/Guardians, Guidance Counsellors and teachers will support you in making some important career life decisions. You can expect to access the Choices 2018 in January when you formally begin your course selection process.

Within our site, there are imbedded video clips presented by some of our TDSB students that will further help to describe the information you need to prepare for Secondary School.

Your Grade 8 Transition Year – At a Glance

(This is a general overview for your academic year. Individual schools may vary)


September 2019
  • Curriculum/Meet-the-Teacher Nights
November 2019
  • Secondary School information Evenings start
  • Information re: Promotion, Transfer, Retention (PTR) & Beyond 8 - Choices for 9 reviewed
December 2019
  • Parent/Teacher interviews
  • Secondary School information Evenings continue
January 2020
  • Secondary School information Evenings continue
  • Choices 2018 Guide reviewed with Guidance Counsellors, Parents/Guardians




February 2020
  • Optional Attendance (OA) Requests due
  • Confirmation of OA requests Received
March 2020
  • Grade 9 course selection sheets submitted to secondary schools
  • Parent/Teacher interviews
May / June 2020
  • Promotion, Transfer, Retention (PTR) decisions made
Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
a democratic and sustainable society.
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