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Toronto Catholic District School Board

French Immersion

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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.​ 


Core French
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 Diploma. 
French Immersion (Elementary)
French Immersion was established in 1982 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 arts are added in Grade 3. From Grade 5 to Grade 8, instruction is given 50 per cent in French and 50 per cent in English.
As of September 2015, French Immersion will be offered starting in Junior Kindergarten.


See below for a list of upcoming open house dates for more information:

Open House Dates (Elementary):

February 1, 2017-6:30p.m.

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

8 Seasons Dr. Scarborough 


January 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Holy Rosary​

308 Tweedsmuir Ave. Toronto



January 11, 2017-7:00pm

James Culnan

605 Willard Ave. Toronto

*(Extended French program available only
for students in grade 6-8)


December 6, 2016-7:00pm

Our Lady of Peace

70 Mattice Ave. Islington,



January 19, 2017-6:00pm

Our Lady of Wisdom

10 Japonica Rd. Scarborough


January 19, 2017-6:30pm

St. Agatha

49 Cathedral Bluffs Dr. Scarborough


December 5, 2016-6:30pm

St. Cecilia

355 Annette Str. Toronto


December 13, 2016-7:00pm

St. Cyril

18 Kempford Blvd. Willowdale


January 11, 2017 - 6-8:00 pm

St. Leo

165 Stanley Ave. Toronto



French Immersion (Secondary)

The Secondary 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 since September 1995.
Beginning in 1996, the Immersion French credit is being granted to students who have studied French, and other subjects taught in French, for an accumulated total of at least 5,000 hours of instruction, and have completed the requirements for the Immersion French.
It should be noted that upon graduation, students who have completed a minimum of 10 French Immersion courses, according to Ministry criteria, are eligible for the Immersion French Certificate of the Toronto Catholic District School Board.
French Immersion Centres (Secondary)
(Secondary schools)


721 Royal York Rd., Etobicoke

Senator O'Connor 

60 Rowena Dr., North York​


For further information about TCDSB French as a Second Language programs, contact your child's French-language teacher, the nearest French Immersion or Extended French Centre, the French as a Second Language department at 416-222-8282, extension 2540, or by email

For information on Extended French, visit: Extended French Program​.
If you would like to register your child in the French Immersion or Extended French program, please contact the school nearest you, which offers the program.