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Beginning A Life Of Learning!


We are pleased to offer Ottawa’s largest programming choices for the important early years of your child’s education. From French Immersion and English, to Alernative and English as a second language, we have the programs you want. Find out more today and join our community!


Full-Day Kindergarten

The District offers a two-year, full-day, bilingual kindergarten program provided by a team consisting of teachers and early childhood educators. Students in kindergarten receive instruction in both English and French (50/50). The program focuses on play-based inquiry and includes four key components or frames: belonging and contributing; self-regulation and well-being; demonstrating literacy and mathematics behaviours; and, problem solving and innovating. 

Elementary Program Options
The District has a rich offering of programs. Beginning in grade one, students have access to four English language elementary programs incorporating French as a Second Language:

a) English Program with Core French (Grades 1-8)
Students in the elementary English Program receive instruction in the English language in all subject areas as well as instruction in French through Core French (40 minutes daily).

b) Early French Immersion (Grades 1-8)
Students in the Early French Immersion Program receive instruction in both English and French. In grade 1, students receive 80 percent of instruction in French. In grades 2-6, students receive 60 percent of instruction in French. In grades 7-8, students receive 50 percent of instruction in French.

c) Middle French Immersion (Grades 4-8)
Students in the Middle French Immersion Program receive instruction in both French and English. In grades 4-6, students receive 66 percent of instruction in French and in grades 7-8, students receive 50 percent of instruction in French.

d) Alternative Program with Core French (Grades 1-8)
Students in the Alternative Program receive instruction in English in all subject areas as well as instruction in French through Core French (40 minutes daily). The program is founded on the following tenets: cooperative and non-competitive environments; innovative and differentiated approaches to teaching and learning; differentiated assessment and evaluation; child-centred and directed approaches to learning; multi-age groupings; integrated curriculum; and, extensive family and community involvement.

The Alternative program is offered in a number of designated, single track sites across the District and students access the program based on their geographic boundary.

For more information on the English Program please visit the English Program website.

For further information please read our French as a Second Language Programs factsheet.


Parenting and Family Literacy Centres

The Parenting and Family Literacy Centres offer a wonderful introduction to the kindergarten program by providing a play-based parent and child environment. Parents attend the Centres with their children who range in age from birth to age 6.

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