The Toronto District School Board offers both an Early French Immersion Program and a Middle French Immersion program. The French Immersion programs are designed for students who do not speak French at home.
The application process for Early French Immersion (SK) and for Middle French Immersion (grade 4) is online. Contact PARS for further information including the deadlines for applications.
Early Immersion Program
The Early Immersion Program begins only in Senior Kindergarten. It offers 100% French instruction in the classroom until the end of Grade 3, although some specialist subjects like Phys Ed 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 have been developed to ensure that students have a continuation of program from the SK entry to the end of Grade 12.
There are 56 schools across the TDSB that offer entry to the Early French Immersion program in Senior Kindergarten.
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 click on Programs, French As a Second Language, Search by English School Name. All FSL programs for the address will be indicated.
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 Grade 9-Grade 12.
Students who successfully complete the sequence of 4 French courses in French Immersion and a minimum of 6 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 from the TDSB.
The TDSB also offers an Honours Certificate of Bilingual Studies in French Immersion for students who obtain 11 or more credits in French instruction.
There are 10 schools across the TDSB that offer secondary school Immersion programs.
They are: Agincourt CI
Lawrence Park CI
York Mills CI
Access to secondary programs are offered through designated pathways from the Grade 8 school.
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, the Middle Immersion students blend with the Early Immersion students to continue their studies to the end of secondary school. Designated school pathways have been developed to ensure that students have a continuation of program from the Grade 4 entry to the end of secondary school.
There are 3 schools across the TDSB that offer entry to the Middle Immersion Program in Grade 4.
John Ross Robertson PS
To locate the attendance areas for the 3 Middle French Immersion schools , you may click on Programs, French As a Second Language, 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. 50% of the day is in French and 50% of the day is 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.