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The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at St. Patrick CSS is designed to offer English Language Learners the skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening to develop proficiency in Academic English. 

English Language Learners are encouraged to be fully integrated in school life and to participate in co-curricular activities throughout the school year.  This engagement will enable students to be socially active in a welcoming environment at St. Patrick C.S.S.



We are one of few schools who offer ESL courses at all levels, from Beginners to Level 5, which allows students a smooth transition into the regular English program.​

ESLAO (Level 1)

Beginning Communication in English

​ESLBO (Level 2)

English in Daily Life​

ESLCO (Level 3)

English for School and Work

​ESLDO (Level 4)

​Study Skills for English
ESLEO (Level 5)
Bridge to English

Each ELL student will be placed in the appropriate ESL level while studying other secondary curriculum subjects in which they will receive support and guidance in order to be successful, graduate, and choose a suitable postsecondary pathway for their skills and interests.


One of the many opportunities offered to our newcomers at St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School, is the International​ Friends Group.


Under the direction of our Settlement Worker, this group usually meets once a week during lunch or after school and provides a support system for newcomers to share their experiences, and address questions and/or concerns.


Throughout the school year, the Settlement Worker also invites guest speakers to these sessions, speaks to the parents/guardians of these students, and is the main link to outside community organizations, to support students and their families with housing, employment, and community involvement.