Rainbow secondary schools host in-person Information Nights for Grade 8 students

Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited to in-person Information Nights at Rainbow secondary schools in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island.


All students are welcome to participate, regardless of which elementary school students currently attend. Grade 6 students are welcome in secondary schools that offer Grades 7 and 8.


To ensure a smooth transition, Rainbow District School Board has prepared a guide for students and parents/guardians that explores the changes, choices and challenges students face while entering high school.


The guide contains information about course codes, levels of study, timetables and tips.


The guide can be accessed online here: https://www.rainbowschools.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Making-the-Transition-Guide.pdf


Rainbow District School Board’s secondary schools offer exceptional opportunities in arts, athletics and academics, in English and French Immersion, in all program pathways – independent living, work, apprenticeship, college and university.


The Board also has four specialized programs – the Arts Education Program, the Science Technology Education Program (STEP), the Innovative Integrated Technology Program (InIT) and the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). Busing to these programs is offered to students within Greater Sudbury.


Rainbow secondary schools offer Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs in a variety of subject areas. SHSMs are specialized, Ministry of Education approved programs that allow students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). SHSMs assist students in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.


Rainbow District School Board offers Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs in 13 sectors: Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Business, Construction, Energy, Environment, Health and Wellness, Hospitality and Tourism, Information and Communications Technology, Manufacturing, Mining, Sports and Transportation. Each program is a bundle of 8 to 10 courses in a selected field. Students learn on the job and can earn valuable industry certifications.


These programs enable students to gain sector specific skills and knowledge in engaging, career-related learning environments, and prepare in a focused way for graduation and post-secondary education, training or employment.


Upcoming Information Nights


Sudbury Secondary School (Grades 9 to 12 – EP & FI)

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 7 pm

Arts Education Program

Principal: Heather Downey

154 College Street, Sudbury

Phone: 705-674-7551


Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School (Grades 7 to 12 – EP & FI)

Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 7 pm

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

Principal: Pamela Potvin

275 Loach’s Road, Sudbury

Phone: 705-522-2320


Chelmsford Valley District Composite School (K to Grade 8 – EP & FI and Grades 9 to 12 – EP)

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 6 pm

Principal: Danielle Williamson

3594 Highway 144, Chelmsford

Phone: 705-675-0225


Lasalle Secondary School (Grades 7 to 12 – EP & FI)

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 6 pm

Principal: Kristina Rivard Gobbo

1545 Kennedy Street, Sudbury

Phone: 705-566-2280


Espanola High School (Grades 9 to 12 – EP)

Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 7 pm

Principal: Melanie Bertrand

147 Spruce Avenue, Espanola

Phone: 705-869-1590


Manitoulin Secondary School (Grades 9 to 12 – EP)

Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 6:30 pm

Principal: David Wiwchar

107 Bay Street, M’Chigeeng

Phone: 705-368-7000


For information nights that have already taken place, there is still time to register.


Lively District Secondary School (Grades 7 to 12 – EP)

Innovative Integrated Technology Program

Principal: Leslie Mantle

265 Fifth Avenue, Lively

Phone: 705-692-3671


Confederation Secondary School (Grades 7 to 12 – EP & FI)

Principal: David Bertrim

1918 Main Street, Val Caron

Phone: 705-671-5948


Lockerby Composite School (Grades 9 to 12 – EP & FI)

Science Technology Education Program (STEP)

Principal: Craig Runciman

1391 Ramsey View Court, Sudbury

Phone: 705-522-1750



EP – These schools offer the English Program.

FI – These schools offer the French Immersion Program.


To learn more about Information Nights in Rainbow secondary schools, visit rainbowschools.ca and click on Secondary Education.

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