French Immersion

French Immersion is an optional program offered in some of KPR’s schools.  The program starts in Senior Kindergarten and continues to grade 12.  French Immersion instruction focuses on four distinct but interrelated strands: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

At the elementary level, the program includes the study of French as a second language and the study of at least two other subjects taught in French. These subjects are selected from the arts, social studies (Grades 1 to 6) or history and geography (Grades 7 and 8), mathematics, science and technology, and health and physical education.  Students receive instruction in French for 100% of the time in Senior Kindergarten and grade one, for 80% of the time in grade two, for 70% to 80% of the time in grade 3 and 4, for 50% to 60% of the time in grade 6 and for 50% of the time in grade 7 and 8. Students begin receiving instruction in English in grade two which then gradually extends to include other subjects.

At the secondary level, students in French Immersion take four (4) French credit courses plus three (6) additional credits taught in French.

Principals of elementary and secondary schools in conjunction with the appropriate superintendent of schools ensure subject continuity when making decisions about the subjects taught in French.

Students who complete the ten (10) secondary courses including four (4) French courses receive a Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Immersion Certificate.  Students who leave the French Immersion Program prior to full completion of the ten (10) courses receive an “Attestation des cours” indicating the titles of courses completed.

The schools that offer the French Immersion program at the elementary level are:

  • Ganaraska Trail PS, Port Hope (Grades SK-6)
  • Edmison Heights P.S., Peterborough (Grades SK-6)
  • Adam Scott Intermediate, Peterborough (Grades 7-8)
  • Lakefield District P.S., Lakefield (Grades SK-6)
  • Dr. G.J. MacGillivray P.S., Courtice (Grades SK-6)
  • Courtice Intermediate, Courtice (Grades 7-8)
  • Duke of Cambridge PS, Bowmanville (Grades SK-8)
  • C.R. Gummow P.S., Cobourg (Grades SK-8)
  • Prince of Wales P.S., Peterborough (Grades SK-8)
  • Westmount P.S., Peterborough (Grades SK-8)
  • King George P.S., Peterborough (SK-1 September 2018)
  • Newcastle P.S., Newcastle (SK-1 September 2018)

The schools that offer the French Immersion program at the secondary level are:

  • Adam Scott C.V.I., Peterborough
  • Bowmanville High School
  • Cobourg D.C.I. East, Cobourg
  • Courtice S.S., Courtice


Children enjoy language from a young age. They enjoy hearing stories and music and can repeat much of what they hear. French Immersion and Extended French programs offer your child the chance to become fluent in both of Canada’s official languages.


What are the benefits of French Immersion and Extended French?

French Immersion and Extended French programs offer children positive learning experiences with life-long benefits. By studying a second language, students:

• acquire both of Canada’s official languages

• learn to speak another language that is used commonly worldwide, and acquire skills that could be useful in learning even more languages later in life

• strengthen their first-language skills

• enhance their reasoning, problem-solving and creative-thinking skills

• develop the capacity to understand and respect other cultures

• develop skills for educational and career advancement.


Is French Immersion or Extended French an appropriate option for my child?

French Immersion or Extended French students tend to be those who:

• enjoy challenges and are willing to try new things

• like to take part in conversations

• enjoy learning about others and different cultures

• have parents who are committed to having their child become proficient in two languages.


      The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board offers either French Immersion or Extended French programs at 20 elementary and secondary schools. Depending on the region of the Board in which you reside, French Immersion or Extended French may be offered.


How are French Immersion and Extended French taught?

French Immersion

• French Immersion begins in Senior Kindergarten.

• In Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1, children are taught 100 per cent in French.

• Beginning in Grade 2, English is taught for varying time periods throughout the grades.

• In Grades 7 and 8, the program is taught 50 per cent in each official language.


Extended French

• Extended French begins in Grade 5, after one year of Core French instruction.

• Children are able to express an interest in learning French on their own.

• Students are taught in increasing percentages of French through Grades 6 to 8.


Ask your school principal about the French Immersion or Extended French programs in your area.


How can I help my child succeed in French?

• Explain how Immersion works. Help your child understand learning is gradual. Be supportive of the program and give your child a chance to adjust to it.

• Read to your child in English. Listen to your child read simple French books and stories, as language skills developed at home are transferable to school.

• Provide encouragement and positive support, e.g., praise your child’s learning in French.

• Maintain good school-home communication, by meeting with teachers to discuss your child’s progress.


Will my child be successful in English while being taught in French?

If English is your first language, your child begins school as an expert in English, since this is the language learned at home. Children already know most of the words and grammar through living in an English home. At first, since their instruction will be in French, they may be a bit behind in English as they learn to manage two languages.

Research shows that by about Grades 5 or 6, most children will be as proficient in English as they are in French.

Your child will learn to speak, read and write in French using the same language development as in English. Language is made up of sounds; in French, the sounds are just different. The French Immersion and Extended French programs are exciting and challenging and will benefit your entire family.


For more information, please call the school in your area or the Board Office at 1-877-741-4577, ext. 2389.