Grad Prep Program
Grades 8 & 9

Helping bridge the elementary to secondary learning experience academically, technically, and socially, from a Christian perspective

GPP Goals


  • Communicate standards and expectations of higher elementary/high school
  • Help students & parents identify skills in core subject areas and the means to achieve them
  • Foster peer-support


  • Prepare students for online coursework
  • Use online software & tools: i.e. e-portfolios, NING, Blackboard, Skype, presentations, blogs, and much more

GPP Structure

The GPP program has 3 teachers to support you. We specialize in and manage different subject areas, doing our best to help students succeed.

The Grad Prep Program is a hybrid between being schooled at home, being in a face to face school, and taking online courses. When you enroll in the GPP Program, a fee of $100 will be deducted from your curriculum budget from your non-restricted funds.

GPP Curriculum Choices

As GPP is a more structured program, we ask that students use particular resources to complete grade 8 and 9 core subjects. Thus, we have developed our own curriculum choices for each core subject along with assignment or project guidelines. These include book work, use of online subscriptions and online activities with the GPP during the year. Please contact for information about these curriculum choices.

Students may also enroll in an online course. These online courses are written and marked by HCOS teachers and are outside of the GPP program. the cost being from $100-125 per course from non-restricted funds. More information on these courses can be found here.

Report Cards

Report cards are written three times a year and marks for each subject are generated through work samples, weekly emails, and participation in GPP activities. We encourage work samples to be submitted every couple of weeks (or as things are completed) in order to reduce the workload at the end of each term.

Weekly Emails

Students send in a weekly email every week. We provide a template to work with, but students will need coaching and assistance from parents in developing this habit and skill. Success in many subjects hinges on the effective use of regular weekly emails.

A new option being introduced is the homeroom check-in - small groups of students meet with a GPP teacher via Skype and do weekly emails together a few times during the month.

Live Events

Students and teachers meet twice a month in a virtual classroom to learn and share together. These meetings generally last for 1 - 1.5 hours. We take attendance at these events as participation counts towards Health & Career and Information Technology marks (and often other subjects as well), but if a student cannot attend, they can watch the recording later.

Where do I start?

Email us at We look forward to working with your family and getting to know your one-of-a-kind student!