Why choose the Next Steps to Highschool Program?

Formally known as SOAR, this 6 week program focuses on the basics of learning and Learning Disabilities, provides an opportunity for personal skill development, and prepares students for their upcoming transition into high school.

Designed specifically for students in grades 7 – 8 as they begin preparing and adapting to the choices and challenges of high school – building self-awareness, how to develop strong learning skills and work habits, and become a self-advocate in the learning process.

About This Program

In this program, students will:

  • NIdentify their own strengths & needs
  • NUnderstand their preferred learning style and how this relates to their own diagnosis (e.g., Learning Disability and / or ADHD)
  • NDevelop self-advocacy skills and understand the importance of being involved in their own learning
  • NDiscuss strategies to develop strong learning skills and work habits (e.g., organization, responsibility, time management, etc.)
  • NBuild study skills for test and exam preparation
  • NLearn how to navigate common social situations both inside and outside of school
  • NPrepare to transition/adapt to high school


    Will be running Fall 2023


    Location, Date & Time TBD

    Program Length

     6 Weeks

    Required documents:  Please upload any supporting documentation for your child (i.e IEP, Psych-Ed, medical professional notes) to Keela application form.


    Free for Hamilton Residents

    Thank to Hamilton Community Foundation, this program is free for Hamilton residents.

    *Subsidies available on a case by case basis, for a subsidy form contact [email protected]

    Program Cancellation Policy

    50% of the registration fee will be refunded for any program cancellation received 2 weeks prior to the first class.

    Please contact us for any cancellation questions at [email protected].

    Many of our programs have limited space available as we aim to provide a low student to teacher ratio; unfortunately space cannot be held for any student until payment is received.

    We reserve the right to cancel program sessions if minimum numbers are not reached.

    Join Us Today!

    We are a registered charitable organization that does not receive any government funding to support our initiatives. Your gift will help us to ensure we can continue providing our programs and services to support those who are impacted by Learning Disabilities in Halton and Hamilton.

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