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Toronto Catholic District School Board

TCDSB Considering First Ever Multi-Language Catholic Elementary School

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The Toronto Catholic District School Board is exploring the feasibility of opening its first ever multi-language Catholic elementary school.
Based on a European-style international school model, the new French Immersion School would provide opportunities for daily instruction in two to three additional languages throughout the student’s school week. In addition to French, the proposed languages would be German, Spanish and Mandarin. Other languages will be considered if there is sufficient interest from families.
In what is believed to be a first for any publicly funded school board in Ontario, the new school will offer a strong academic focus, and may also include an elementary International Baccalaureate program option.
“There are enough studies that have been done to affirm that the earlier children are introduced to a second, third or fourth language, the more likely they are to become proficient in those languages,” says TCDSB Chair Michael Del Grande. “This is central to our Board’s mission to educate students who are ready to transform the world through innovation and action.”
The school would be located at 100 Fundy Bay Boulevard (former site of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic School) in north Scarborough. Although school bus transportation could not be provided to students from outside the area, the school would be open to families living anywhere in the City of Toronto.
The Board is currently surveying parents to determine the level of interest in such a specialty international school.
Feedback is being requested from those parents whose children are eligible to enroll in a Catholic Full-Day Kindergarten in September 2015 or September 2016, with registration limited to the first 75 students.
The online survey will be available at until May 15, 2015.