York Catholic schools to host local French Immersion information sessions

New French Immersion program to be added in Stouffville for 2016-17

The York Catholic District School Board offers the French Immersion program to students beginning in Grade 1, at 14 Catholic schools throughout York Region. This number will increase to 15 in September 2016 when St. Mark Catholic Elementary School in the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville will begin to offer the French Immersion program.

A series of public information sessions will be held throughout York Region for parents and guardians interested in enrolling their child in the French Immersion program for the 2016-17 school year. Children born in 2010 who will begin Grade 1 in September 2016 are eligible to apply.

The information sessions will provide an overview of the French Immersion program; explain the criteria for enrolment as well as the application and registration processes; and assist parents in deciding if French Immersion is right for their child. Guests will also have a chance to ask questions about the program. Students may qualify for bus transportation.

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.

Online applications for each French Immersion school site will open the day after the local information session. The application process for all schools will close on February 3, 2016. Following the application process, and depending on the number of applicants, a lottery process may be conducted.

Following is a list of the scheduled public information sessions for each Catholic French Immersion school site. Parents and guardians should attend the information session for their local French Immersion school, which can be determined at http://locator.ycdsb.ca/schoollocator/.

French Immersion Information Sessions

For Parents/Guardians of students entering Grade 1 in September 2016

School Date & Time

St. John XXIII Catholic Elementary School
125 Krieghoff Avenue, Unionville, ON, L3R 1V8

Monday, November 16, 2015, 7 p.m.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Elementary School
262 Old Homestead Road, Keswick, ON, L4P 3C8

Monday, November 16, 2015, 7 p.m.

Christ the King Catholic Elementary School
329 Valleymede Drive, Richmond Hill, ON, L4B 2E1

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7 p.m.

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School
191 Crofter’s Road, Woodbridge, ON, L4L 7G3

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7 p.m.

Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary School
301 Barhill Road, Maple, ON, L6A 1J5

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7 p.m.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School
500 Aberdeen Avenue, Woodbridge, ON, L4L 5J4

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7 p.m.

St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School
141 Kirk Drive, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3L3

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7 p.m.

St. Edward Catholic Elementary School
33 Cairns Drive, Markham, ON, L3P 7M8

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School
223 Highglen Avenue, Markham, ON, L3S 1Y4

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7 p.m.

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Elementary School
960 Leslie Valley Drive, Newmarket, ON, L3Y 8B3

Monday, November 23, 2015, 7 p.m.

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Elementary School
475 Brownridge Drive, Thornhill, ON, L4J 5Y6

Monday, November 30, 3015, 7 p.m.

St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School
121 Rollinghill Rd., Richmond Hill, ON, L4E 4L2

Monday, November 30, 2015, 7 p.m.

St. Mark Catholic Elementary School
133 Glad Park Ave., Stouffville, ON, L4A 1E4

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 7 p.m.

St. Brendan Catholic Elementary School
751 Hoover Park Drive, Stouffville, ON, L4A 0Z6

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7 p.m.

St. Joseph, Aurora Catholic Elementary School
2 Glass Drive, Aurora, ON, L4G 2E8

Monday, December 7, 2015, 7 p.m.