Innovative Programs and Services
FLE’s primary mission is to support the success of each pupil and student. Thus, French-language school boards, francophone colleges and bilingual universities, in partnership with various organizations, offer many programs and services in French, which are offered not only to students but also to their parents.
A wide variety of innovative, high-quality services
French-language schools have implemented other measures to ensure the success of every student under their care:
- Daycare services offered within or in partnership with schools;
- Extracurricular activities;
- Summer camps;
- Work experiences offered to pupils and students;
- Services designed to support newly arrived students and their families;
- Services provided to support non-francophone parents;
- Social and community services offered to pupils and their families through agreements with various organizations;
- Support and guidance services for children and students with special needs, as well as their parents;
- Foreign language courses.
A wide variety of programs
FLE is a leading education organization in Ontario and is renowned for its innovative programs and services.
- The Programme d’actualisation de la langue française (ALF)
Many children attending French school 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 command of French, a program is designed to bring his or her language skills up to par. Through differentiated instruction, teachers help students master listening, reading and writing in French.
- The 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 schools. Some of these students have received schooling that is drastically different from the curriculum offered here; others have received very little schooling, or have experienced interruptions in their education. 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:
- Discover their new community;
- Find housing, employment or child care services;
- Enrol their children in school;
- Access other programs and services, including English- or French-language training programs, employment support services, skills development programs and international credentials evaluation services;
- Obtain information on the services offered by the provincial and federal governments, including health care and social services;
- Fill out forms and applications for governmental programs and services;
- Obtain interpretation or document translation services.
- “SOS Devoirs” – personal homework assistance
Homework should be a positive, stress-free learning opportunity. Accordingly, French-language school boards offer the “SOS Devoirs” homework assistance service to students from grades 1 to 12 to help them understand and do their homework. This service is funded through the Canada-Ontario Agreement and is available thanks to the collaborative effort of all French-language school boards.
- FLE’s unique cultural activities
FLE 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 array of cultural experiences, allowing them to develop:
- Their cultural identity;
- A sense of belonging to the French-speaking community in Ontario, Canada and the rest of the world;
- Leadership skills to get involved in their community and play their own part in the development of a dynamic francophone community.
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:
- Music and song festivals, visual arts, theatre, performances;
- Semaine nationale de la francophonie (National Week of the Francophonie);
- Jeux franco-ontariens (Franco-Ontarian Games);
- Parlement jeunesse francophone de l’Ontario (Ontario Francophone Youth Parliament).
Several activities are organized in collaboration with partners of the Franco-Ontarian community, including the Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne.
- Co-operative education
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 enrol in a community integration program. Since all students are proficient in both official languages, their choice of workplace experiences is broadened. Detailed information can be found on the following website, www.edu.gov.on.ca/fre/curriculum/secondary/subjects.html, as well as the Student Success website and at the 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 post-secondary 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.
For more information on dual credit recognition programs, visit the following website: 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.
For more information, please visit the Specialist High Skills Majors website: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM.asp.
- 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. For additional information on the strategy visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/elearning/index.html
As part of the AEO strategy, Ontario’s 12 French-language school boards have partnered to create the Consortium d’apprentissage virtuel de langue française de l’Ontario. The Consortium offers French-language online courses, training and an online guidance service to the 12 French-language school boards.