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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.
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 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.
French Immersion is offered beginning in Junior Kindergarten at the following sites:
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
8 Seasons Dr. Scarborough
308 Tweedsmuir Ave. Toronto
605 Willard Ave. Toronto
*(Extended French program available only
for students in grade 6-8)
Our Lady of Peace
70 Mattice Ave. Islington,
Our Lady of Wisdom
10 Japonica Rd. Scarborough
49 Cathedral Bluffs Dr. Scarborough
355 Annette Str. Toronto
18 Kempford Blvd. Willowdale
165 Stanley Ave. Toronto
2202 Kipling Ave. Rexdale
30 WestRoyal Rd. Weston
200 Old Sheppard Ave. Willowdale
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.
721 Royal York Rd., Etobicoke
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 French.Department@tcdsb.org
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.