French-language education’s primary mission is to support the success of each student. Thus, French-language Catholic and public school boards, French-language colleges of applied arts and technology and bilingual universities, in partnership with various organizations offer many programs and services in French.
French-language Catholic and public schools have implemented other measures to ensure the success of every student under their care:
French-language education is a leading education organization in Ontario and is renowned for its innovative programs and services.
Curriculum : Actualisation linguistique en français (ALF)
A certain number of students attending French-language schools speak a language other than French at home. This program is designed to meet the needs of students who must develop and improve their proficiency in French to ensure their long-term academic success. Based on an individualized evaluation of the student’s proficiency of French, a program is designed to bring his or her language skills up to par.
Programme d’appui aux nouveaux arrivants (PANA)
Year after year, many students from abroad make their way to Ontario, enriching the cultural and linguistic diversity that distinguishes French-language schools.
The Programme d’appui aux nouveaux arrivants (PANA) is designed to help these students familiarize themselves with their new environment, integrate into Canadian society and, if needed, bring their speech, reading and writing skills up to par. Achieving these goals is essential to their academic success and their personal and social development, as well as their integration into their school and community.
The services in this program are available to all newcomers, including permanent residents, Canadian citizens and refugee claimants. These people can receive assistance to:
SOS Devoirs – Individual Homework Assistance
French-language school boards, in collaboration with the Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques (CFORP), offer the SOS Devoirs homework assistance service to students from grades 1 to 12 to help them better understand and do their homework. Students can ask their questions by phone, text messages, e-mail, chat or through social media.
SOS Devoirs is staffed with qualified and certified Ontario teachers who are specialists in their field. They can also answer questions in English for parents who do not speak French but whose child is attending a French-language school.
French-Language Education’s Unique Cultural Activities
French-language education allows students to “live in French.” A wide variety of cultural activities and initiatives take place throughout their student lives. These cultural activities put students in touch with their heritage and allow them to appreciate the rich diversity of the Francophone community in Ontario. In addition, students attending French-language schools benefit from and participate in a wide and varied selection of cultural experiences, allowing them to develop:
Some of the activities that students of French-language schools can participate in are planned and offered in every school, while others are of regional, provincial or national scope. These activities include:
Élargir l'espace francophone (EEF)
A provincial and unique
initiative that encourages the active participation of the French-language
education sector to the Francophone culture in Ontario. Three main fields of
intervention: the community groups, governmental authorities, the private
Co-operative education allows students to gain secondary school credits while completing a work term in their community. The program offers students an opportunity to prepare for the next stage of their lives, whether they plan to move on to college or university, pursue an apprenticeship, find a job or enroll in a community integration program. Since all students are proficient in both official languages, their choice of workplace experiences is broadened.
Ministry of Education:
Ontario Cooperative Education Association:
Dual Credit Recognition Programs
These government-approved programs allow students to pursue secondary school education while taking college-level courses or an apprenticeship; this allows them to accumulate valid credentials for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) as well as a postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree, or a certificate of apprenticeship. These programs aim to help secondary-level students obtain their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and make the transition towards college and training programs.
These programs are mainly for students who have the ability to succeed but who are at risk of not obtaining their secondary school diploma, as well as those who have left school before obtaining their diploma. They are also offered to students of the Specialist High Skills Majors of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) and students in Level 1 apprenticeship programs offered by colleges.http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess.
Specialist High Skills Majors
Specialist High Skills Majors are specialized programs that allow students in grade 11 or 12 to focus their studies on a particular economic sector, while meeting the required criteria to obtain their secondary school diploma in Ontario. They also prepare students to make the transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.
Apprentissage électronique Ontario (E-Learning Ontario)
Apprentissage électronique Ontario (AEO) is the French-language component of E-Learning Ontario, a provincial strategy funded by the Ministry of Education. AEO provides French-language online courses, a large number of French-language resources in the Ontario Educational Resource Bank (OERB) and an e-community site for the 12 French-language school boards.http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/elearning/index.html
Supporting Learning and Teaching in the Digital Age in French-Language Schools
The professional development team of the Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagoquique (CFORP) supports Ontario's 12 French-language school boards by offering training and individual coaching to teaching staff, administrators and pedagogical services, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. This team, of councillors and educational advisers, also intervenes in schools and classrooms with the aim of developing skills related to learning and teaching in today’s digital age and to transform the educational practices towards student’s success.
CFORP Web Site
Destination réussite – Part 1
Destination réussite is an initiative unique to French-language education. It aims to support French-language school boards as well as French-language and bilingual postsecondary institutions in offering quality and diversified learning opportunities within a French-speaking environment. It also aims to enhance the graduate rate and to facilitate the transition to postsecondary education and the labour market.
CFORP Website/Destination réussite