French Immersion & Extended French
Online registration for Grade 1 French Immersion (FI) and Grade 7 Extended French (EF) is now open. The registration deadline for FI/EF is 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. To register, please click the appropriate button below.
If your child will start grade 1 or grade 7 in September 2014, one of the important choices you will make is whether you want to enrol your child in French Immersion (FI) or Extended French (EF). To learn more about our FI program, download the brochure and flyer.
A parent information night will be held at each FI/EF school in Peel on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.
For a list of FI/EF schools and information on how to register, visit our registration page. Here you will find also find information about our enrolment cap in grade 1 FI, random selection process system and waitlist process..
Understanding French programs
In the French Immersion program, students achieve a high level of proficiency in French, while they continue to develop English language skills. From grades 1 to 8, they spend half of their school day learning in French and the other half learning in English.
In high school, students are required to complete 10 credits in French. By the end of the four year secondary school program, students will have successfully completed the sequence of four courses in French Immersion and a minimum of six courses in other subjects taught in French. By the end of high school, Immersion students have proficiency in both French and English. When they graduate, they receive a certificate of bilingual studies.
The Extended French program is another way for students to pursue learning opportunities in French. This optional program starts in grade 7 and provides for continued learning in the French Language. Students spend half of their school day studying language arts, social studies and science in French. In high school, students take four credits in Extended French and three credits in other subjects taught in French.
All students in grades 4 to 8 study French as a second language for 40 minutes a day as part of the core French program. Students in core French develop a basic usable command of French. In high school, students need one core French language credit to earn their diploma.
How can you tell if your child will be successful in FI/EF?
Based on more than 20 years of experience with Immersion programs, we have found some characteristics that are common to successful students in French Immersion. These characteristics are indicators to help you to make a good choice. We strongly recommend that you discuss these characteristics with your child's kindergarten teacher.
A successful student:
- is verbal and likes to talk
- has strong skills in his or her first language
- enjoys books
- imitates easily
- has a good memory
- is confident
- is a risk-taker
- enjoys new challenges
- has demonstrated a successful transition from home to school
Immersion students read and write English as well as other students
One of the questions parents often ask is whether their child's progress in English or other subjects will suffer by being in FI.
While there may be an initial lag in some English skills in the primary years, Immersion students rapidly catch up to students in regular programs, suggesting that they transfer many of their language skills from French to English. By the end of grade 6, Immersion students have comparable English language skills to their peers in regular programs.
You don't have to speak French to help your child with French