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What’s happening in Rainbow Schools?

Rainbow secondary schools host virtual Information Nights for Grade 8 students

Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited to log on to to access virtual information nights for Rainbow secondary schools. Sessions will be live or pre-recorded and accessible on school websites. All students are welcome to participate, regardless of which elementary school they currently attend.

Rainbow District School Board has produced a Guide for Students and Parents called “Making the Transition – Finding your way from Grade 8 to Grade 9,” with information about course codes, levels of study, timetables and tips. The guide can be accessed online. Printed copies are available by emailing [email protected].

For a presentation on “Making the Transition”, tune in to Eastlink Community TV Channel 10 on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 8 pm, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5 pm or Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 5 pm.

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.

SHSMs are available in 13 sectors: Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Business, Construction, Energy, Environment, Forestry, Health and Wellness, Hospitality and Tourism, Information and Communications Technology, Manufacturing, Mining and Sports. Each SHSM is a bundle of 8 to 10 courses in a selected field. Students learn on the job and can earn valuable industry certifications.

Students gain sector specific skills and knowledge in engaging, career-related learning environments, and prepare in a focused way for graduation and postsecondary education, training or employment.


Lockerby Composite School (EP & FI)
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Science Technology Education Program (STEP)
Principal: Craig Runciman
1391 Ramsey View Court, Sudbury
Phone: 705.522.1750

Sudbury Secondary School (EP & FI)
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Arts Education Program
Principal: Heather Downey
154 College Street, Sudbury
Phone: 705.674.7551

Chelmsford Valley District Composite School (EP)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7 pm
Principal: Danielle Williamson
3594 Highway 144, Chelmsford
Phone: 705.675.0225

Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School (EP & FI)
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7 pm
International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
Principal: Pamela Potvin
275 Loach’s Road, Sudbury
Phone: 705.522.2320

Confederation Secondary School (EP & FI)
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7 pm
Principal: Marty Punkari
1918 Main Street, Val Caron
Phone: 705.671.5948

Lasalle Secondary School (EP & FI)
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Principal: Maureen McNamara
1545 Kennedy Street, Sudbury
Phone: 705.566.2280

Espanola High School (EP)
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Principal: Kristina Rivard Gobbo
147 Spruve Avenue, Espanola
Phone: 705.869.1590

Lively District Secondary School (EP)
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Innovative Integrated Technology Program
Principal: Leslie Mantle
265 Fifth Avenue, Lively
Phone: 705.692.3671

Manitoulin Secondary School (EP)
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7 pm
Principal: Jamie Mohamed
107 Bay Street, M’Chigeeng
Phone: 705.368.7000

EP – These schools offer the English Program.
FI – These schools offer the French Immersion Program.


Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171 ext. 7217.