After Grade 8 Graduation

The Sterling Hall School starts boys on their educational journey from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, but for us graduation never means goodbye.

We pride ourselves on being a launchpad for boys moving on to bigger and better challenges, and we are pleased that so many of them come back to share their experiences and tell us how their SHS experience prepared them for life after graduation. Our alumni network is integral to our community, and some still gather regularly as men for pub nights or to play in the SHS Old Boys Basketball league. 

Grade 8 itself is a special year for our boys. We take care to provide them with advice, support and information to help them successfully apply to the secondary schools that will be the best fit. Our graduate placement process is extensive, thoughtful and customized, and we provide strategic advocacy through all stages of the application process.

Here are some of the supports we provide for our students in Grades 7 and 8:

  • A how-to handbook for Grade 9 applicants and their parents
  • A Grade 9 Admissions information evening in early October to help boys and their families start to plan for their futures in plenty of time, with advice from an experienced panel that includes SHS Old Boys, former parents and educational consultants
  • A school fair with over 20 invited secondary schools with informational booths. Directors of Admission and other academic personnel are on hand to welcome students and their families and answer any questions about their schools
  • Visits from SHS Old Boys throughout the year, who return to SHS from a variety of secondary schools in the Toronto area and answer questions about the schools they attend, providing first-hand input on the application process
  • A faculty-student mentorship program where every Grade 8 boy is matched with a faculty or staff member of his choice to provide support and guidance during their graduating year. Mentors help our boys to navigate this pivotal time with guidance on time management, self-reflection and leadership through
  • A Secondary Tracking Education Program (STEP) started in 2009 that collects data from our graduates and their families in order to assist SHS in making future curriculum decisions.

Want to chat about our Grade 8 preparation? Connect with one of our team members