Students entering DSSS from a feeder school will be given several opportunities from school tours to open houses to acquaint themselves with life at DSSS prior to beginning their grade 9 year.
In mid October, guidance counsellors and student ambassadors will visit your feeder school to provide you with information about the school, grade 9 courses and course types, the course selection process, extracurricular clubs and sport teams, and important dates.
In late October, DSSS organizes a grade 8 open house where parents and students are invited to learn about the school. Parents and students will hear about the great opportunities available to students from academics and trade programs, music and arts, school supports, athletics, and extracurricular clubs. Parents will learn about courses and course types offered, have the opportunity to tour the school, visit subject areas, meet school staff, and connect with community agencies looking for students to earn their 40 hours of community service.
Parents' Night Presentation - Important information parents need to know about life at David Suzuki Secondary School
At some point during the year, students attending DSSS feeder schools will have a school tour during the school day. Students will get to experience high school life for part of the day.
To learn about course offering and course types, click on the appropriate link.
Grade 9 Compulsory Courses
Grade 9 Optional Courses
Academic and Applied Type Courses Explained
David Suzuki Secondary School Introductory Presentation (student life, life at DSSS, course selection information)
Once students, in consultation with their gr. 8 teacher(s) and parents, have determined appropriate courses to take, and have completed their grade 9 course selection sheet, will login to MyBlueprint to select their courses. If this is the first time that MyBlueprint is being used, a MyBlueprint account will need to be created. If you need assistance in creating a MyBlueprint account, read these instructions.
Grade 9 registration occurs during the last week of the summer break. On this day, students will have their photo taken for their student ID card, will receive their timetable, have a locker assigned to them (grade 9 students are required to share lockers), and purchase a year book. The cost for the 2014-2015 school year, including the yearbook, is $70.
Grade 9 orientation day occurs on the first day of school. Only grade 9 students are in attendance. During this day, students will participate in a variety of activities designed to help assimilate them into school life. Students are asked to wear comfortable clothing and running shoes.