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French Immersion

Introduction to French Immersion

Learning a second language is beneficial for students. Giving your child the advantages that come with being bilingual not only builds on creative thinking skills but also ensures excellent communication skills to be ready to succeed in today’s competitive workplace. Through our French Immersion Program your child will learn a second language while expanding career opportunities, gaining a deeper understanding of cultures, and thus being a multilingual citizen of the world.

Elementary Program Overview

In the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board the French Immersion Program begins in Junior Kindergarten. 

Key English subjects are introduced into the program at appropriate levels to ensure the English skills in Language Arts, Math and Science are appropriately developed.

French Curriculum - JK to 6
Religion - Catholic Prayers, French Literacy, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Music, Health and Physical Education

English Curriculum - JK to 6
Math, Family Life & Religion and beginning in Grade 3, English Literacy

French Curriculum - Grade 7 & 8
Religion - Catholic Prayers, French Literacy, History, Geography, Visual Arts, Music, Health and Physical Education

English Curriculum - Grade 7 & 8
Math, Family Life & Religion, English Literacy and Science

Designated school pathways have been developed to ensure that students have a continuation of the program from Junior Kindergarten to the end of Grade 12. 

For more information please contact your local French Immersion School

There are 8 schools across the WECDSB that offer the French Immersion Program in Junior Kindergarten: 


Secondary Program Overview

The French Immersion Program continues at the secondary level for grades 9-12. Students who successfully complete the sequence of four French courses in French Immersion and a minimum of six courses in other subjects where French is the language of instruction, for a total of 10 credits, are eligible for a Certificate of Bilingual Studies in French Immersion. 

There are five schools across the WECDSB that offer Secondary French Immersion Programs: 



Transportation is provided in accordance with Board Policy and Procedure #1.0, Student Transportation. Students are picked up and dropped off at centrally located points established by Student Transportation Services. Students may be required to walk a few blocks to get to their bus stop.

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French Immersion Links & Resources

Ontario French Immersion Curriculum For information on the Ontario French Immersion Curriculum, please visit the Ministry website link above

French as a Second Language Homework Toolbox A French as a Second Language Homework Toolbox has been provided to support parents with children in French as a Second Language (FSL) programs (e.g., Core and French Immersion) by the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Government of Canada, through the Department of Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with the Rainbow District School Board

BBC Languages French A complete website with games, activities, videos, exercises and many more!

Canadian Parents for French Dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities.


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