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French as a Second Language Programs in the HWCDSB

“ A considerable body of research shows that second-language learning provides significant cognitive and academic benefits. It is known to enhance first-language and overall literacy skills and to provide a foundation for the learning of additional languages. There is also evidence that learning another language can help in the development of interpersonal and social skills. “ (A Framework for French as a Second Language in Ontario Schools K-12, 2013)

We offer Core French and French Immersion in the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board:

Core French

Core French is offered from Grades 4 to 12 in our schools. Students receive 40 minutes of Core French instruction a day from grades 4 to 8. Core French is mandatory up to Grade 9 and students can opt to take it up to Grade 12.

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French Immersion

French Immersion is offered from SK to grade 12 in the HWCDSB.

In Senior Kindergarten, students receive a minimum of 50% of instruction in French. From grades 1 to 8, the following subjects are taught in French: French Literacy, the Arts (Music, Drama and Dance, Visual Arts), History, Geography, Social Studies, Science, and Health & Physical Education.

We have 5 elementary school locations: St. Clare of Assisi, St. Eugene, St. Joseph, St. Vincent de Paul and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Elementary Schools. Our secondary school location is Cathedral High School.

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For information regarding Senior Kindergarten registration in our French Immersion program, please contact your local Catholic French Immersion school.

More Information and Contact

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If you have questions about French as a Second Language programs in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, please contact Teresa Cho, French as a Second Language Consultant, K-12 at or (905) 525-2930 extension 4062.