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School board hosting French immersion information sessions

Parents considering enrolling kids in 2023-24 program encouraged to attend sessions in November
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The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) offers French immersion (FI) at select schools throughout Simcoe County beginning in Grade 1.

The goal of the FI program is to enable students to communicate in French with a high level of proficiency, enabling them to function with ease in both English and French.

Information sessions for families who are considering entry into Grade 1 FI for the 2023-2024 school year will take place in person in November at 6 p.m., on the following evenings:



Cameron Street Public School

575 Cameron St., Collingwood

Monday, Nov. 21

Ernest Cumberland Elementary School

160 Eighth Ave., Alliston

Monday, Nov. 21

Ferndale Woods Elementary School

170 Ferndale Dr. S., Barrie

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Forest Hill Public School

20 Doran Rd., Midhurst

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Goodfellow Public School

827 9th Line, Innisfil

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Harriett Todd Public School

11 George St., Orillia

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Harvest Hills Public School

400 Crossland Blvd., Bradford

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Hillcrest Public School

184 Toronto St., Barrie

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Mundy’s Bay Public School

340 Sixth St., Midland

Monday, Nov. 14

Oakley Park Public School

22 Davidson St., Barrie

Monday, Nov. 21

W.H. Day Elementary School

410 Maplegrove Ave., Bradford

Monday, Nov. 14

Warnica Public School

211 Warnica Rd., Barrie

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Worsley Elementary School

31 40th St. S., Wasaga Beach

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Entry into the FI program will be determined through a digitally randomized lottery system. A link to access the Grade 1 FI online application form will be available starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, until 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Once available, you will find the application link on the SCDSB website.

Enrolment into the FI program in Grade 1 is limited to a maximum of 40 students per designated FI site. While every effort is made to accommodate all FI applications, available space and staffing will determine how many students can be registered. Parent(s)/guardian(s) can contact their school in advance if they do not have internet access at home or require assistance accessing the online application.

Transportation is available to students enrolled in FI programs within their designated French site where the student resides outside the walk zone for that school. Centralized community bus stops will be established to provide access for students to attend the specialized program. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to transport the student to and from the centralized stop at designated times for pickup and drop-off. For more information, please refer to Policy 2410 — Transportation of Students and Administrative Procedures Memorandum A1225 — Transportation of Students — Courtesy Riders on Commuter and Program Transportation.

Please note that the designated sites for FI may change during the program, which may also include splitting the program between two different sites.