Early French Immersion

On February 9th, 2016 the Board of Trustees approved a motion which will change the way that kindergarten is delivered in all schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

Beginning September 2016, all kindergarten programs will be 50% English and 50% French. The entry point for Early French Immersion will move to grade 1. All students in grades 1 through 3, enrolled in Early French Immersion, will have math instruction in English beginning in September 2016.

Parents of students enrolled in kindergarten for the fall for 2016 will receive more information before the end of the current school year.
Early French Immersion - Junior/Senior Kindergarten

Your child will learn in French 50 per cent of the time in junior and senior kindergarten. English gradually increases through later grades.

  • All OCDSB kindergarten students (junior and senior) would receive 50% of their instruction in English and 50% in French; 
  • Students in Early French Immersion will receive instruction of mathematics in English for grades 1 to 3 EFI;

Middle French Immersion - Grade 4

If your child has completed the grade 3 English/Core French Program, you can choose to enter the Middle French Immersion Program. All subjects are generally taught in French in grades 4, 5, and 6, except for English Language Arts and Math.

For further information on Middle French Immersion, please see our French as a Second Language factsheet.

After successful completion through to the end of secondary school, your child will be able to participate easily in conversation, take postsecondary courses in French, and live and work in a French-speaking community.

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