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YCDSB hosting French immersion information sessions

Parents and guardians can submit an online application or visit their local elementary French Immersion school from now until Jan. 24
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The York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) offers the French Immersion program in 15 elementary schools and four secondary schools throughout York Region.

A series of public information sessions will be held at local French Immersion elementary schools for parents and guardians interested in enrolling their child in the elementary French Immersion Program for the 2020-21 school year. Children born in 2014, who will begin Grade 1 in September 2020, are eligible to apply.

The information sessions will provide an overview of the French Immersion Program and explain the criteria for enrolment, as well as the application and registration processes. Information about transportation will also be shared and guests will have a chance to ask questions about the program. YCDSB strongly encourages parents and guardians who are considering enrolling their child to attend an information session, as it will help them better determine if the program is right for their child.

The French Immersion Program aims to provide non-francophone children with a high degree of proficiency in the French language. Although the curriculum is the same as in the English-language program, the language of instruction for most subjects is in French in the primary grades.

To apply, parents and guardians can submit an online application or visit their local elementary French Immersion school from now until Jan. 24, 2020. After the application deadline, and depending on the number of applicants, a lottery may be conducted.

Following is a list of the scheduled Public Information Sessions for each elementary French Immersion school site. Parents and guardians should attend the information session for their local French Immersion school, which can be determined here.

In Newmarket, St. Elizabeth Seton CES is hosting its information session Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at 960 Leslie Valley Drive.

The elementary French Immersion Program is a prerequisite for the board’s Secondary French Immersion Program. The secondary French Immersion Program is currently available at St. Brother Andre CHS in Markham, Father Bressani CHS in Woodbridge, Jean Vanier CHS in Richmond Hill, and St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS in Aurora.

A list of high school information nights is available here.