Each Grade 8 student and family is highly encouraged to attend open houses for your home high school and any other specialized or optional attendance programs you may be considering. It is important to be organized and plan visits in advance to avoid schedule conflicts. Open houses are an opportunity to find out specific program details, application requirements and deadlines. Remember, Grade 8 students can apply to a maximum of 2 specialized programs and 2 optional attendance schools within the TDSB.
For further clarification and information, please visit the Optional Attendance & Specialized Schools & Programs section of our blog or contact your Elementary Guidance Counsellor.
Alternative high schools
Alternative schools are places where students find their way through learning environments that vary widely and often include self-directed projects, experiential learning, business and entrepreneurial mentorship programs, strong co-op programs and credit recovery opportunities - all while earning OSSD credits.
Here you may find extraordinary art and word galleries, classrooms with comfy couches, and teachers mentoring their students. These are schools where students need a new way - to find their way. And they do. If you think an alternative school is for you make sure to check out the open houses...for a full list of all Alternative schools, please go to