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French Immersion


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​​​French Immersion is a Canadian educational program designed to give students whose first language is not French the opportunity to learn in the French language. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is pleased to offer the French Immersion Program starting in Grade 1 at eight school sites.

Students registered in this program will spend 90% of their day learning in the French language. All subjects and activities in the French Immersion classroom, except for Religion and Family Life, will be delivered in French. In Grades 2 and 3, 70% of the instruction will be in French, with the proportion of English increasing to 50% in later years.

French Immersion in Dufferin-Peel is open to any child eligible to attend a DPCDSB school. Parents can enrol their child at any French Immersion school, but transportation will only be provided to those students who live within the school’s boundary area and meet the criteria for busing. Parents and guardians of students registered in the program are responsible for ensuring that their children arrive and depart safely each day to and from their registered French Immersion site.

NOTE: Online registration for French Immersion will be available from January 15 to February 11, 2018. A link to the registration form will be posted on this webpage.


French Immersion Presentation

French Immersion Sites & Grade Allocations

French Immersion Brochure 

French Immersion Program and Transitions to Secondary School: An Update

French Immersion Information Sessions for 2018-19

French Immersion CentresSession LocationDate and Time

Divine Mercy
St. Elizabeth Seton
St. Margaret of Scotland


Divine Mercy

Monday, November 20, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Providence
St. Angela Merici
St. Joachim

St. Angela MericiThursday, November 23, 2017
7:00 p.m.


St. Gregory
St. Pio of Pietrelcina

St. GregoryWednesday, November 29, 2017
7:00 p.m.​


NOTE: As of the 2016-2017 academic year, Loyola C.S.S. and Cardinal Leger S.S. offerr French Immersion starting in Grade 9.  At the end of Grade 12, students will receive a Certificate of French Immersion Studies which includes 10 French Immersion courses:  Français Grades 9 – 12, Géographie, Histoire, Education civique et Choix aux carrières, Religion in Grade 9 and 10 followed by Les Grandes Religions in Grade 11.

Dès l'année académique 2016-2017 , les écoles secondaires, Loyola C.S.S. et Cardinal Léger S.S., offrent l'Immersion en français de la 9e à la 12e année.  Suivant leurs études, les étudiants recevront un certificat d'études en Immersion qui comprennent 10 cours en Français de la 9e à la 12e année, Géographie, Histoire, Éducation civique et Choix aux carrières , Religion en 9e et 10 année, suivie par Les Grandes Religions en 11e année.


What is French Immersion?


French Immersion is an educational program that provides students whose first language is not French with the opportunity to learn and become fluent in French. The program was first developed in Québec in the late 1960s, in response to demands from English-speaking parents who wanted their children to be fluent in both English and French. Today, over 100,000 students in Ontario are enrolled in French Immersion programs [1].Three general types of French Immersion programs can be offered: early, middle and late. They may go by different names, depending on the school board in which they are offered. Dufferin-Peel’s Extended French program is an example of a middle French Immersion program, in which students first spend a significant portion of their day learning in the French language starting in Grade 5.


Why choose French Immersion?


There are many academic, cultural and future career benefits associated with learning to communicate in another language. Learning a second language has positive effects on first-language skills and can help make the acquisition of other languages easier. Learning a second language can also help students develop appreciation and tolerance for other cultures. Learning a second language can also be an asset in a variety of career areas in the current global economy. French Immersion is an effective way to help students learn French as a second language so that they become bilingual. Many parents choose French Immersion for their children for this very reason.

How will French Immersion affect my child’s skills in English? Research has shown that French Immersion programs improve children’s French language skills without any negative impact to their English or first language skills. In the early years of French Immersion, some students may lag in English language skills, but this gap is temporary and usually disappears with the introduction of English language arts in later grades. In fact, a study of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) elementary assessment results indicated that Grade 3 students in French Immersion programs had similar levels of performance as their non-immersion peers, and that Grade 6 students in French Immersion actually out-performed students in the regular English program in both literacy and mathematics. [2]

Who can be successful in French Immersion?Research has suggested that French Immersion can be suitable for any child. However, children with the following general skill set tend to excel in French Immersion environments. [1b]These children:

  • Appear to be risk-takers;
  • Appear to be interested in learning new things;
  • Attend school regularly;
  • Have a positive attitude toward school;
  • Communicate well verbally in their first language;
  • Have good memory skills.


How can I help my child in French Immersion?Many parents have a limited background in French or do not speak the language at all. Parents do not need to know any French to support their children in French Immersion. Instead, parents can give their children the most help by providing encouragement and positive support. They can also help by taking an interest in their children’s school work, and by setting aside a regular amount of time for homework.

For further information, parents can access the Canadian Parents for French website

[1] Canadian Parents for French (Ontario. Why choose French immersion?)

[2] Turnbull, M., Hart, D., and Lapkin, S. (2001). French immersion students’ performance on Grade 3 and Grade 6 provincial tests: Potential impacts on program design. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers Toronto Symposium 2001.

[1b] Knyazyeva, I. (2004). Possible Factors Influencing Student Performance in French Immersion. The ACIE Newsletter, May 2004, Vol. 7, No. 3.

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