Teaching Canada's other official language to more than 92,000 students is an important challenge for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. The Board has several programs for teaching French as a second language in its 200 schools.
The Core French program is offered from Grades 1 to 8. Classes are 30 minutes long. By the end of Grade 8, students will have received a minimum of 600 hours of French instruction. Options vary in the secondary schools, but a student must earn at least one credit in French to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma.
French Immersion was established in 1985 for senior kindergarten and has been extended by one grade each year. Instruction is entirely in French until the end of Grade 2; English-language instruction is added in Grade 3. From Grade 5 to Grade 8, instruction is given 50 per cent in French, 50 per cent in English.
As of September 2015, French Immersion will be offered starting in Junior Kindergarten.
Extended French, often called the 50/50 bilingual program in the past, was launched in 1977 at nine TCDSB centres. There are now more than 2,000 students enrolled in centres across Toronto. Students from Grades 5 to 8 are taught in French for half the day and in English for the other half. As well as French-language arts, other subjects taught in French include: social studies/history/geography, physical education/health and visual arts.
The Extended French program, a continuation of the elementary Extended French program (bilingual program), is offered at several Toronto Catholic secondary schools: Bishop Allen Academy, Blessed Cardinal Newman, Brebeuf College School, Loretto Abbey, Marshall McLuhan, Mary Ward, Michael Power/St. Joseph, Msgr. Percy Johnson, Senator O'Connor College School, St. Joseph's College School and St. Michael's Choir School.
The French Immersion program, a continuation of the elementary French Immersion program (Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8) is being offered at Bishop Allen Academy and Senator O'Connor College School since September 1995.
For further information about TCDSB French as a Second Language programs, please contact:
your child's French-language teacher, the nearest French Immersion/Extended French centre, the French as a Second Language department at 416-222-8282, extension 2540 or by email at French.Department@tcdsb.org
If you would like to register your child in the French Immersion or Extended French program, please call the school you are interested in directly. For a complete listing of French Immersion and/or Extended French schools in our city, please click on the titles above; by clicking on the name of the school, you will be redirected to the school's website, where you will find the school's phone number and other important information.
the French Department at the School Board office does not accept student registrations.