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Summer School - Reach Ahead (Gr. 7 & 8)

Summer School Program - Reach Ahead

   PLEASE NOTE: Summer school Reach Ahead courses will be presented in an asynchronous format. *

The Reach Ahead program is a face to face experience that involves four (4) full weeks of daily online instruction for grade 7 & 8 students who will be entering grade 9 at one of our BHNCDSB secondary schools.

Reach Ahead will run from July 5, 2021 - July 29, 2021. Attendance is mandatory for all days of the program. Registration opens February 15, 2021 and will close June 18, 2021. ​*Times/Locations Subject to Change

External Grade 8 Students planning to attend one of our BHNCDSB high schools in the fall of 2021 must complete only the registration survey form here.

External Grade 7 Students are not able to participate in the 2021 summer school year as no pre-registration has been completed or confirmed.

  BENEFITS of the Program

  • 4-week credit-bearing course
  • Online 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 please click here.

    July 5 2021 - July 29, 2021 Course Offerings

Review Course Descriptions here

Grade 9 - Reach Ahead Courses (Available to Grades 7 & 8)

PAF1O - Health & Physical Education - Personal Fitness
BTT1O - Information & communication Technology in Business
GLS1O - General Learning Strategies
AWL1O - Drawing - Visual Arts

Grade 10 - Summer School courses (Only Available to Grade 8's)

CHV2O (1/2 credit) - Civics
GLC2O (1/2 credit) - Careers
CHV2O & GLC2O - Both Civics and Careers


Registration Instructions:

To submit their Summer School courses, students will need to:

  1. Log in to their accounts through Brightspace (D2L)
  2. Click on the “Resource” tab
  3. Scroll down and select myBlueprint
  4. Click on the Circle with three lines in it at the top left of page
  5. Click Continuing Education
  6. Click Explore Courses
  7. The available courses for summer school will be listed.  Click on Submit Course for the course to be taken
  8. A message of “Accepted” and the course name will appear


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  PLEASE NOTE: Summer school Reach Ahead courses will be presented in an online asynchronous format. *

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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 now online 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 2021 will be held online for all three schools from July 5, 2021 to July 29, 2021.



  • 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 PAF1OSS Personal Fitness course personal athletic clothing may be needed.

  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, 2021.

  • 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

   Desire2 Learn (D2L)/ Brightspace Learning Platform


  Withdrawing from Reach Ahead Courses

  • If circumstances change and a student is no longer able to/does not wish to participate in the Summer School Reach Ahead program prior to the beginning of summer school please contact:

Your home school's guidance department - see all school phone numbers at the end of this page


  • If a student is no longer able to/does not wish to participate in the Summer School Reach Ahead program from July 5, 2021 to July 29, 2021, please contact:

St. Mary Catholic Learning Centre

Main Office 519-753-0552

  • If the request to withdraw is received prior to the Full Disclosure/Drop Date Tuesday, July 20, 2021, the student's name will be removed from the eLearning 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.


Asynchronous learning happens on your schedule. While your course of study, instructor, or program will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, and assignments for completing, you can access and satisfy these requirements on your own schedule, so long as you meet the expected deadlines. Common methods of asynchronous online learning include self-guided lesson modules, pre-recorded video content, virtual libraries, lecture notes, and online discussion boards or social media platforms.



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




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.