French-language education students live and learn in French, while evolving in a predominantly English-speaking environment. In addition, English is taught starting in elementary school up to Grade 12. The English course at the secondary level is taught with the same rigour as in English-language schools.
French-language schools are educational establishments in their own right where students live and learn in French. They are managed by one of the 12 publicly funded French-language school boards in Ontario (8 Catholic school boards and 4 public (secular) school boards). All subjects are taught in French. English is taught starting in elementary school up to Grade 12. The English course at the secondary level is taught with the same rigour as in English-language schools.
French Immersion Program
The French immersion program is offered by English-language school boards within English-language schools. This program teaches French as a second language. Students are taught French as a subject and French serves as the language of instruction in two or more subjects. General daily routines are in English.
Students who receive a secondary school diploma from a French-language school are proficient in both Canada’s official languages. This increases their chances of being admitted to the postsecondary education or training program of their choice, as they can apply to French-language, English-language or bilingual institutions.
Our graduates develop high-level, sustainable bilingualism and a sense of belonging to the Francophone community, while remaining active and involved in the greater community. This provides them with highly promising career opportunities in either official language, within the province or abroad. French-language education trains its students to evolve and succeed on the world stage.