French Program Options

French Instruction Pathways for WRDSB Students

Beginning in Grade 1, students have access to French language programs through the Core French and French Immersion pathways.


More information is available in our French Programs brochure

Elementary School

Core French

As part of the regular curriculum, Core French is taught to all students in our elementary schools from Grades 1 through 8. Students learn the French language by speaking, reading and writing.

Goal: Offer French instruction for part of the school day so that your child has the confidence to use French effectively in their daily lives.

French Immersion

Students enrolled in French Immersion participate in a program that offers 50 per cent of their day in French.

In Grades 1 through 6, the subjects taught in French are French language, Math, Social Studies and Visual Arts. In Grades 7 and 8, the subjects taught in French are French language, Geography, History, Visual Arts and Health and Physical Education.

Goal: Offer French instruction so that your child has a level of fluency and comfort to communicate effectively with other French speakers.

If your child completes French Immersion from Grades 1 through 8, they will be eligible to enroll in either Immersion or Extended French in high school.

Secondary School French

Core French

Core French is taught to all students in Grade 9. In Grades 10 through 12, students may choose to continue studying French by selecting one Core French course per year.

Extended and Immersions French

Both of these programs are available to students who have completed the Elementary Immersion program and would like to continue with more intensive French instruction.

Extended and Immersion French programs require students to complete four French language courses. Students enrolled in Extended French must also complete a minimum of three courses in other subjects taught in French. Students enrolled in Immersion French must complete a minimum of six courses in other subjects taught in French.

Goal: Offer intensive French instruction to advance your child’s French comprehension and communication skills to achieve functional bilingualism.