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School board offering info sessions for local French immersion programs

Virtual meetings being offered through Ferndale Woods, Hillcrest, Oakley Park, and Warnica in Barrie
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The Simcoe County District School Board 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 2022-23 school year will take place virtually in November at 6 p.m., on the following evenings: 

School  Date/Time 
Cameron Street PS
575 Cameron Street, Collingwood
 Tuesday, Nov. 23
Ernest Cumberland ES
160 Eighth Avenue, Alliston
 Monday, Nov. 22
Ferndale Woods ES
170 Ferndale Drive South, Barrie
 Tuesday, Nov. 16
Forest Hill PS
20 Doran Road, Midhurst
 Thursday, Nov. 25
Goodfellow PS
827 9th Line, Innisfil
 Tuesday, Nov. 23
Harriett Todd PS
11 George Street, Orillia
 Tuesday, Nov. 23
Hillcrest PS
184 Toronto Street, Barrie
 Tuesday, Nov. 23
Mundy's Bay PS
340 Sixth Street, Midland
 Monday, Nov. 15
Oakley Park PS
22 Davidson Street, Barrie
 Monday, Nov. 22
W.H. Day ES
410 Maplegrove Avenue, Bradford
 Monday, Nov. 22
Warnica PS
211 Warnica Road, Barrie
 Tuesday, Nov. 16
Worsley ES
31- 40th Street South, Wasaga Beach
 Tuesday, Nov. 23

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 Wednesday, Dec. 1, until 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17. 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 pick up 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.