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French as a Second Language (FSL)

​​​​At the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board we understand that knowledge of a second language is valuable for many reasons.

Through learning a second language, students strengthen their first-language skills, enhance their critical and creative thinking abilities, and increase their understanding of other cultures. In addition, the ability to communicate in another language provides students with a distinct advantage in a number of careers, both in Canada and internationally.   The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 to 12: French as a Second Language—Core, Extended, and Immersion, 2014.  

The ALCDSB offers a range of FSL programs which focus on the development of communication skills taught in authentic, meaningful contexts.  All of our programs reflect the Ontario Ministry of  Education's Vision for FSL:  Students in English-language school boards have the confidence and ability to use French effectively in their daily lives.

To read more about FSL programs at the ALCDSB:  FSL at ALCDSB.pdf



Core French:

Starting in Grade 1, all ALCDSB elementary students receive 40 minutes a day of instruction in French.  At the secondary level, all Grade 9 students study FSL. We encourage all students to continue studying French throughout their high school career.

French Immersion:

In some of our elementary schools, we offer French Immersion with entry in Kindergarten or Grade 1.  In this program, French is the language of instruction except for Religion, English and Math.  Grade 8 French Immersion Graduates are encouraged to continue Extended French or French Immersion at the secondary level.

Secondary FSL Program Requirements:

Core French: 4 Credits
Extended French: 7 Credits
Immersion French: 10 Credits


​​​​​​​​​​Elementary Immersion Sites

École catholique Cathédr​ale 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School

St. Mary Catholic School

St. Michael Catholic School

​​Secondary Extended Sites

Nicholson Catholic College

St. Paul Catholic Secondary School 

Secondary Extended/Immersion Site

Regiopolis-N​otre Dame Catholic High School 

International Baccalaureate: 

Nicholson Catholic College (Belleville) and Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School (Kingston) offer the International Baccalaureate program. Students in French Immersion may choose to complete the Higher Level Language B component of their IB Diploma.  Extended or Core French students may complete the Standard Level. Language B of their IB Diploma. 

Resources for Parents: 

Supporting Students in FSL-ParentGuardian Guide.pdf

The Ontario Curriculum: French as a Second Language: Core, Grades 4–8; Extended, Grades 4–8; Immersion, Grades 1–8,  2013​ 

The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 to 12: French as a Second Language—Core, Extended, and Immersion, 2014 

A Framework for French as a Second Language in Ontario Schools, 2013​ 

Supporting Your Child's Success in French Immersion and Extended French Kindergarten to Grade 8, A Parent Guide 

Canadian Parents for French​


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