French Immersion application and information

Learn more about French Immersion at an info session; applications for Grade 1 FI open in December
Posted on 10/27/2022
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: 

 School  Date/Time
 Cameron Street PS
 575 Cameron Street, Collingwood
 Monday, Nov. 21
 Ernest Cumberland ES
 160 Eighth Avenue, Alliston
 Monday, Nov. 21
 Ferndale Woods ES  
 170 Ferndale Drive South, Barrie
 Tuesday, Nov. 15
 Forest Hill PS
20 Doran Road, Midhurst
 Tuesday, Nov. 22
 Goodfellow PS
< 827 9th Line, Innisfil
 Tuesday, Nov. 22
 Harriett Todd PS
 11 George Street, Orillia
 Tuesday, Nov. 15
 Harvest Hills PS
 400 Crossland Blvd., Bradford
 Tuesday, Nov. 15
 Hillcrest PS
 184 Toronto Street, Barrie
 Tuesday, Nov. 22
 Mundy's Bay PS
 340 Sixth Street, Midland
 Monday, Nov. 14
 Oakley Park PS
 22 Davidson Street, Barrie
 Monday, Nov. 21
 W.H. Day ES
 410 Maplegrove Avenue, Bradford
 Monday, Nov. 14
 Warnica PS
 211 Warnica Road, Barrie
 Tuesday, Nov. 15
 Worsley ES
 31- 40th Street South, 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 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.

This initiative links directly to the SCDSB’s Strategic Priorities in the area of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Alison Chornobaj, Vice-principal of Student Achievement K-12
[email protected]