Franco Ontarian Day 2018

At St. Mary Catholic Secondary School we are proud to offer Core French (French as a Second Language) and Extended French programs for students in Grades 9 to 12. In September 2019, we will also be offering French Immersion for our Grade 9 and 10 cohort. The goal of these program is to develop overall skills and communication in French. 

Opening Doors to Opportunities

As a Board, we value the learning of French and recognize the many benefits that French language-skills provide students.  Our French language programs open doors to opportunities! Watch the video below to learn more about what our elementary and secondary students have to share about learning French.

Studying French

The study of French is an important part of the secondary school curriculum. French is one of Canada's two official languages, but also widely used around the world.

As one of Canada's two official languages, the study of French is an important part of the secondary school curriculum. Widely used around the world, the ability to read, write, listen and speak in French is valuable for a number of reasons. Learning French allows students to:

  • strengthen their first-language skills;
  • enhance their critical and creative thinking abilities;
  • increase their understanding of other cultures; and
  • gain career advantages.


Goals of French as a Second Language programs

The primary goal of French as a Second Language (FSL) programs in Ontario is to increase students' confidence and proficiency to use French effectively in their daily lives. All FSL programs emphasize the development of:

  • listening;
  • speaking;
  • reading; and
  • writing skills.


Core French Program 

All secondary students must complete a minimum of one French credit to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Grade 9 students have the option of studying Core French at an academic, applied and open level. In Grades 10 - 12, Core French is offered at the academic and university level. 

Not sure what level Core French to take in Grade 9? The French curriculum changed in 2014 and now it involves a lot of speaking and listening. No matter your child's experience, if your child has academic skills and are taking the majority of their courses at the academic level (i.e., ENG1D, CGC1D), they will likely be great at academic level in Core French. If in doubt about which level is appropriate, please consult your elementary school's French teacher. 

For more information on the Core French Program, please contact Ms. Lauren Sprung, Curriculum Chair of English and Modern Languages at 905-420-7166 (ext. 56019).


Extended French and French Immersion Programs

Students who have completed Extended French or French Immersion programs in elementary school can continue their French language studies at the secondary level. Students who have completed a miniumum of 1260 hours of French in elementary school continue into the Extended French stream at St. Mary. Students who have completed a miniumum of 3800 hours of French in elementary school continue into the French Immersion stream at St. Mary.

The secondary Extended French and French Immersion program offers a minimum of seven courses in French which include four French language courses (one per grade) and at least three other subjects taught in French (see table below).

Secondary students are required to complete 30 credits to receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The Extended French/French Immersion program requires students to complete 10 of the 30 credits in FrenchUpon completion, our students receive an Extended French or French Immersion certificate at graduation. The chart below outlines the courses students are required to take in French.

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12







World Religions

Religion (optional)




Health and Physical Education

Careers and Civics (optional)


For more information on the Extended French and French Immersion Program, please contact Mlle. Nicole Oster, Interim Curriculum Chair of Extended French, at 905-420-7166 (ext 40433) or view the Ministry of Education's - A Parents' Guide to French Immersion and Extended French document.




Alternative and Enrichement Education

  • Explore: Explore is a five-week intensive summer language-immersion program. Participants in Explore receive a $2,200 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the programs, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory activities. Discover another region of Canada while learning French. Enjoy five weeks of learning and adventure, friendship and discovery!
  • International Student Exchange - Ontario (ISE): ISE a registered not-for-profit corporation, has a proud tradition of providing exceptional reciprocal exchange programs for Ontario elementary and secondary students with France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Germany & Quebec! In cooperation with Ontario school boards, ISE ONTARIO is pleased to offer Ontario students the opportunity to invest in their future as they develop and improve their language skills, discover exciting cultures and places, and make friendships abroad.

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