View Full Version : French Immersion (Ottawa/King St)

11-08-2011, 04:11 PM
Hello Ladies,

I am new to this site, so please be patient if I am a little slow lol

I currently live in Guelph and will be moving to Kitchener in the summer of next year (I like to plan in advance!) andd will need to register my daughter at a new school.
I am wondering if anyone can suggest a good French Immersion school in the area of Ottawa/King St.
The school my daughter currently attends is all french (No english grades) however if is not an F2? Is that the right terminology? You do not have to be a french speaking parent for your child to attend...so I would like to know if there are any schools in the Ottawa/King st area that are similar? Or are they a split school of english/french?

Sorry... I know that is a lot of information and I have asked a lot of questions.

Thanks in advance for your input!

11-08-2011, 07:34 PM
I would contact the Waterloo Regional School Board

As far as I know only the PUblic offers any french at all unless you want them in an all french catholic school in Cambridge. That Catholic school recommends all french parents as all correspondance is in French also.

That being said, the board will offer the best advise. There are only so many schools that offer French Immersion in every area, so there might only be 1 school that will offer that within your area.

11-08-2011, 07:40 PM
There is an all french school in Kitchener http://cl.csdccs.edu.on.ca/ It is located on Country way in Country hills

Im pretty sure they would bus your child from ottawa/king area. But dont quote me on that one.

02-21-2012, 07:13 PM
Hi there, l'ecole Harmonie is a public all French School in Waterloo (Bridgeport Rd), which you could probably get into if your child was in an all French School in guelph. And they bus! The list of 'partial' immersion schools is for the public school board is here (http://www.wrdsb.ca/programs/french-second-language). Normally you would have to attend the school in your area. You can find out if it does have a 'partial' French program here: Under 'which school do I attend' (https://www.stswr.ca/Default.aspx). This should show show if there is a 'F' behind the grades. If there isn't you can try and search for one in the area (such as Sheppard) that has a program and contact the principal there. But parents are responsible for transportation.
Also the French program here is not a true immersion program, its called 'partial' because it doesn't meet curriculum requirements to be considered French Immersion. It offers way less French instruction hours than they do in Guelph (half day from grades 1-6 and then 34% in 7 & 8). You can find out more about parent advocacy for this program here: http://www.waterloo-french-immersion.ca/.
So in the end you have to decide if you want to stay with all French or move to a 'partial' French program. Bonne chance!

02-21-2012, 10:21 PM
'partial' because it doesn't meet curriculum requirements...

Just want to clarify that the partial program doesn't have as many subject areas taught in French. The French Immersion curriculum document is still followed and taught in this program.

02-22-2012, 08:56 PM
I would contact the district too. I was told that if you don't start French Immersion in GR 1 that you would not be able to enter the program in later grades, even if you were proficient in French.

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