French Immersion programs are designed for students who do not speak French at home. An Early French Immersion Program (SK entry) and a Middle French Immersion Program (Grade 4 entry) are available. The application process for admission to Early French Immersion programs begins in November. It is an online application process. It is not a first-come, first-served process. Learn more about the application process and the deadlines. All late applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
The application process for admission to Middle Immersion begins in January. It is an online application process. It is not a first-come, first-served process. Learn more about the application process and the deadlines. All late applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
Early Immersion Program
The Early Immersion Program begins in Senior Kindergarten. It offers 100% French instruction in the classroom until the end of grade 3, although some specialist subjects may be taught in English. English instruction is gradually introduced beginning in grade 4 until it becomes a half-day program from Grades 6-8.
Designated school pathways exist to ensure that students have a continuation of program from the SK entry to the end of grade 12. There are 62 schools across the TDSB that offer entry to the Early Immersion Program.
The attendance area for an Early French Immersion program is created by a group of "associated" English feeder schools. To locate the Early French Immersion school in your area, you must first confirm the English school for your home address, then visit our French Immersion Location Finder.
Note: Attendance areas as well as associated feeder schools for Early French Immersion programs may be changed at any time in accordance with Board policy and procedures.
Secondary Immersion Program
The French Immersion Program continues at the secondary level for grades 9-12. Students who successfully complete the sequence of four French courses in French Immersion and a minimum of six courses in other subjects where French is the language of instruction, for a total of 10 credits, are eligible for a Certificate of Bilingual Studies in French Immersion. An Honours Certificate of Bilingual Studies in French Immersion is also offered for students who obtain 11 or more credits in French instruction. Access to secondary programs is offered through designated pathways from the grade 8 school.
There are 10 schools across the TDSB that offer Secondary Immersion Programs:
Middle Immersion Program
The Middle Immersion Program begins in grade 4. This program offers 100% French instruction in the classroom for Grades 4 and 5 and English is re-introduced in Grade 6 for about one hour daily. After Grade 6, middle immersion students blend with early immersion students to continue studies to the end of secondary school. Designated school pathways exist to ensure that students have a continuation of program from the grade 4 entry to the end of secondary school.
There are three schools across the TDSB that offer entry to the Middle Immersion Program in grade 4:
To locate the attendance areas for the three Middle French Immersion schools, visit the Find Your Program page and search by Program Type and Middle French Immersion.
Immersion - Grade 7 Continuation Program
In the middle school years (grades 6, 7, 8) the Early French Immersion Program is a half day program with 50% of the day in French and 50% of the day in English. There are 22 schools across the TDSB that offer the continuation of the French Immersion Program at the middle school level. Access to the middle level program is offered through designated pathways from the junior schools.