Parents invited to learn about York Catholic's French Immersion Program

Local information sessions will help parents determine if French Immersion is right for their child.

The York Catholic District School Board offers the elementary French Immersion program to students beginning in Grade 1, at 15 Catholic schools throughout York Region.

A series of public information sessions will be held throughout York Region for parents and guardians interested in enrolling their child in the elementary French Immersion program for the 2017-18 school year. Children born in 2011 who will begin Grade 1 in September 2017, 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. Information about transportation will also be shared and guests will have a chance to ask questions about the program.

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.

The elementary French Immersion program is a prerequisite for the Board's secondary French Immersion program, which will launch at St. Brother Andre CHS in Markham in September 2017. Additional secondary French Immersion programs will open at St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS in Aurora, Jean Vanier CHS in Richmond Hill, and Father Bressani CHS in Woodbridge for September 2018.

Below is a list of the scheduled public information sessions for each elementary Catholic French Immersion school site. Parents and guardians should attend the information session for their local French Immersion school, which can be determined using the school locator. Interested parents should also apply for their child to attend the program at their local elementary French Immersion school.

Parents can submit an application for their children online, from November 15, 2016 – January 26, 2017. After the application deadline, and depending on the number of applicants, a lottery may be conducted.

French Immersion Information Sessions

For Parents/Guardians of students entering Grade 1 in September 2017

School Date & Time

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

***For families interested in the French Immersion Program at St. John Bosco Catholic Elementary School

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Monday, November 28, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7 p.m.