Becoming a Raider is the start of a great adventure and is a wonderful privilege as you become a part of over 160 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 KCI 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 (including tour requests), please contact KCI’s Transition Counselor through the information below.

Transition Counselor:  Nick Biffis (519)745-6851 ext. 5529, nick_biffis@wrdsb.ca

FAQ: (see answers below)

  • What supports are in place before my son/daughter starts at KCI? (tours, transportation, meetings, etc.)
  • What does the first day of school look like?
  • How does a day at KCI differ from other high schools?
  • What clubs and sports are available for my son/daughter to be a part of?
  • What happens if we realize the academic level my son/daughter is taking needs to be changed?
  • When are Parent Teacher Nights, Report Card Distribution Days, and other important events for parents?
  • My son/daughter is in Fast Forward…how does their experience differ from others in the school?

Have other questions?  Use the email above and an answer will be provided in a timely manner.

A Visual Tour:

  • Click here for a PowerPoint presentation that walks you through…
    • Your first day
    • Your schedule
    • Your classes
    • Extra-curriculars
    • and More

FAQ – Answers

  • What supports are in place before my son/daughter starts at KCI? (tours, transportation, meetings, etc.)
    • If your son or daughter is entering KCI in a specialized program (Phoenix, ECO, FF, Life Skills, etc.), transition supports above and beyond the ones listed below will be communicated with you through Learning Services and/or the teachers within the particular programs
    • Tours – Students will take part in a Grade 8 Night with their parents in December of their Grade 8 year and a Grade 8 Day in May with the rest of the students coming to KCI
      • Further tours may be scheduled through the Guidance contact at your feeder school, or can be requested by contacting Nick Biffis in the KCI Guidance Department (519)745-6851 ext. 621
    • Transportation – Parents can go to the following website (http://www.stswr.ca/) and check their son or daughters “eligibility” for transportation
      • Being eligible for transportation on this site simply means that you will be given a subsidized city bus pass based on the distance your child is travelling to school
      • Other, specialized, transportation arrangements will be communicated with parents in late July, early August, such as yellow bus, taxi or van
      • Further questions regarding transportation?  Call Student Transportation Services @ (519)650-4934
    • Other Supports
      • Child and Youth Workers – Social/Emotional support for students
      • Social Workers – Social/Emotional support and attendance tracking
      • Sexual Health Nurse – @ KCI on Wednesdays
      • Ontario Works – Special Case Manager (for students)
      • Rebecca Sinclair is our Community Treatment Worker through Ray of Hope and can be connected with students through their feeder school (Addictions Counseling)
        • Rebecca can work with students throughout the summer as well
  • What does the first day of school look like?
    • See the Visual Tour above for more details
    • A first day schedule will be mailed to each Grade 9 student in August
    • In the morning, ONLY Grade 9 students will arrive at KCI
      • Grade 9 students will have an assembly, they will have group tours of the building, they will have an opportunity to exchange their Data Verification Form for their timetable and they will do all of these things while meeting KCI staff and leadership students all before lunch
      • Lunch will be a BBQ and students will have a chance to mingle and participate in a few activities while listening to some live KCI music
    • In the afternoon, EVERYONE will be at KCI attending their full schedule
      • Classes will only be around 20 minutes long
      • Students will meet their teachers, receive course outlines and practice their “route” through the building
      • The classes will end earlier than a normal day which will give students an opportunity to visit with each other, make appointments to see their counselor, deal with outstanding items/fees in the office, etc.
    • The second day is then a regular day from 8:20am-2:35pm
  • How does a typical day at KCI differ from other high schools?
    • The first major difference between KCI and other high schools is that we run our timetable within the MSIP model which means…
      • We have 5 classes a day (3 before lunch, 2 after) while other schools typically  have 4 classes a day
      • Our classes are 1 hour in length, while others are 1 hr and 15 min
      • The MSIP hour is scheduled into a student’s timetable every semester
      • Students have 20 minutes each day to read (part of the MSIP hour)
      • Students have 40 minutes they can devote to homework, assignments, computer work, getting support from teachers, counselors, or others in the building and much more
      • Students have opportunities to have their MSIP hour in supportive environments throughout the building (Student Success -learning skills support, Resource Room – various supports related to the student’s program, Learning Skills or IEP, MATHSIP – for math support, etc.)
    • We are one of a number of schools in the Board that have a common lunch, which means that we can run various events, activities, intramurals, etc. during that time for our whole population
      • We also have positive connections with numerous community organizations that our students frequent during their lunch time (Central Fresh Market, Tim Horton’s, etc.)
  • What clubs and sports are available for my son/daughter to be a part of?
    • For information and a listing of clubs, sports, councils and other extracurricular activities, please visit the “Activities and Athletics” portion of our website, or click here
  • What happens if we realize the level we have selected for my son/daughter needs to be changed (It is too difficult, or we feel it is not challenging enough)?
    • The first step would be to speak with your child’s Guidance Counselor
      • The level decision that is made in Grade 8 needs to be made wisely, taking the support and recommendations of teachers as changes cannot be guaranteed if challenges arise.  However, we do everything to support the success of all our students which can include an effort to change levels.
    • This is a process that takes time and requires a lot of information to be gathered in order to ensure that students are appropriately placed
  • When are Parent Teacher Nights, Report Card Distribution Days, and other important events for parents?
  • My son/daughter is in Fast Forward…how does their experience differ from others in the school?
    • First, it is important to recognize that Fast Forward is a program to meet the academic needs of students, not unlike the Applied or Academic levels
    • Fast Forward students will…(bold print indicates differences or additions)
      • Have a timetable, but will simply be in classes with other Fast Forward students
      • Work toward an OSSD (diploma)
      • Be required to complete the Literacy Component and Community Service Hours
      • Be able to take part in all aspects of KCI life, including sports, clubs, dances, musical and dramatic productions, etc., but will have the added opportunity to take part in InnerCity Sports (a once a month sporting event for Fast Forward students in 5 high schools in the surrounding areas)
      • Have the opportunity to attend Fast Forward Camp Day, which occurs at some point in the first month of school to help students develop relationships with each other and staff members within the Fast Forward Program
      • Be enrolled in a GLD-Discovering the Workplace course in Grade 11, that is designed to support the development of Employability Skills and practice being out in a community placement before being enrolled in Co-op in Grade 12
      • Throughout their time at KCI, Fast Forward students will have the opportunity to work toward various certificates within many of their courses (eg. Food and Kitchen Safety)