French Immersion & Extended French
If your child will be starting grade 1 or grade 7 in September 2019, one of the choices you will make is whether you want to consider grade 1 French Immersion (FI) or grade 7 Extended French. The Peel board offers three French as a Second Language (FSL) programs – French Immersion, Core French and Extended French. Each of the programs differ in intensity but share a common purpose - to develop students' communication skills in the French language.
If you are interested in FI or EF for your child, read the information below and/or attend an information session at your child's FI school on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 at 7 p.m.
FI/EF applications for the 2018-19 school year will be available starting Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 at 1 p.m.
More information will be sent to your child's school in early November.
Visit our application page
for information on how to apply, the grade 1 FI enrolment cap, random selection process system, waitlist process and busing.
What FI/EF school would my child attend?
Use the Find Your French Immersion/Extended French school tool and view a full list of Peel schools that offer the programs
Important dates for FI/EF applications for the 2019-20 school year
Information meeting Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Application process opens Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 at 1 p.m.
Application deadline Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Understanding French programs
Beginning in grade 1, French Immersion provides students with an opportunity to learn in the French language. From grades 1 to 8, FI students spend at least 50 per cent of their daily instruction learning in French and the other half learning in English. Students work towards achieving French proficiency while continuing to develop English language skills.
From grades 9 to 12, students are required to complete 10 credits in French, including the sequence of four courses in FI and a minimum of six courses in other subjects taught in French. Upon completion, students in FI receive a Certificate of French Immersion Studies at graduation.
The Extended French program is another way for students to pursue learning opportunities in French. This optional program starts in grade 7 and provides another FI opportunity for students. 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. Upon completion, students in EF receive a Certificate of Extended French Studies at graduation.
All students in grades 4 to 8 study French as a second language for 200 minutes per week. 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.
Enrolment into grade 1 French Immersion
The Peel board has a limited number of spaces available for students interested in grade 1 French Immersion. At this time, the grade 1 FI enrolment cap is set at 25 per cent of all Peel students enrolled in grade 1. A random selection process is used to determine which students will be offered spaces in the grade 1 FI program.
How does the random selection process work?
It is important to note that applicants are not offered space in grade 1 FI on a first come, first serve basis. A computerized random selection process will randomly assign a rank to each application that is received by the deadline.
Once students have been assigned to all available spaces, remaining students will be placed, again in rank order, on the school's waitlist. Each school has its own waitlist.
You don't have to speak French to help your child with French
Your involvement and support for your child's education is one of the most important factors in your child's success. Learning a second language requires a high level of concentration and effort; however, parents do not need to know French in order to support their child in French Immersion.
There are a number of ways you can help support your child:
- talk to your child every day about school
- read with your child every day in English, French or your first language
- support homework routines as outlined by the teacher
- listen to music by French artists and watch French programs or favourite movies in French
- find ways to expose your child to French or to use French outside of school time (e.g., French summer camps, activities sponsored by Canadian Parents for French)
- borrow French resources and materials from the public library
Busing eligibility for FI/EF is in accordance with Board Policy 39 - Transportation.
Parents can visit the Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR) website one week prior to the start of the school year and enter their address to determine if their child is eligible for busing, and to find out the bus stop and route information.
How can you get more information
- Attend an information night held for parents at FI/EF schools in Peel on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 at 7 p.m.
- Talk with other parents who have children in the French immersion program. Your FI school can give you some contact names, or you can visit the Canadian Parents for French website.
- Ask your school about the FI school nearest to you.