Transition to Grade 9

Becoming a Panther is the start of a great adventure and is a wonderful privilege as you become a part of over 80 years of history and tradition.  However, if this step makes you feel nervous, anxious or overwhelmed, as a student, parent or guardian, you are not alone.  This page has been designed to help you understand what the transition to Grade 9 at PHS will look and feel like and hopefully remove as much of the anxiety that exists for anyone that is about to start high school.

If you have any questions about the information shared on this page or anything related to the transition to Grade 9, please contact the PHS Guidance Department at 519-653-2367 Ext. 5520.  Ms. Sharp, our Guidance Assistant will connect you with your son/daughter’s upcoming Guidance Counsellor to answer your questions.


 What to expect?

School Day Schedule (Bell Time)

  • Day 1’s happen on every odd date of the month   (October 1, 3, 5… 27,29,31)
  • Day 2’s happen on every even date of the month (October 2,4,6 …26,28,30)
  • Students take up to 4 subjects/credits in each semester = total of 8 credits in a school year
  • Semester 1= Sept. – Jan.  Semester 2= Feb. – June

School Map

Sample of 1st Day Schedule

Sample of 1st Week Events


Course Selection from grade 8 to grade 9

Grade 8 to 9 Transition Guide (for Students and Parents)

Ontario Secondary School Diploma Requirements

Grade 9 Course Descriptions 2019-2020

Grade 9 course selection sheet 2019-2020 (Used for student and parent conversation)

Making the Right Choice: Applied or Academic Courses

Sample Course Planning Sheet

Sample Student Timetable

Sample Student Timetable using Learning Strategies Course

Course Selection Timeline 2018 -2019


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Grade 9 FAQs

Open House FAQ

Grade 9 Experience Survey