I’m used to a small elementary school. What will I do if I get lost in such a huge high school?
Secondary schools organize a grade 8 open house and a grade 9 orientation day. Try to attend these events with your parents so you can get more familiar with the school. It may take you a few days before you get used to the school and its layout. If you can’t find a room, ask a teacher or another student and they will be happy to help you.
I am worried about the number of people at the high school. How will I meet friends?
In grade 9, everyone is new to the school and looking for a friend or group of friends. Introduce yourself to other students in your classes and to students who have lockers near yours. Join a team or club – you will meet many new people by participating in these activities.
What will I learn in my classes? Will it be more difficult than my grade 8 school work? How will I keep up?
The material you learn in grade 9 builds on your learning from grade 8. If you don’t understand something, ask your teacher for extra help. You could also ask a classmate. You may feel shy asking a question; however, it is important that you do as there are likely other students in the class who are wondering the same thing. If you experience difficulties and are wondering if you have the skills and knowledge to succeed in the course, talk to your teacher and your guidance counsellor.