French Immersion

Durham District School Board (DDSB) has a French Immersion program that allows students to become proficient and fluent in French as well as English. French Immersion is an optional program that begins in Grade 1. Students in Grades 1-3 spend their entire day in French. Beginning in Grade 4, French Immersion students spend half of their day in French and the other half of the day in English. Students who do not register for French immersion might be interested in studying Core French. Core French begins in grade 4 and students spend 1-2 periods a day learning French.

Core French at the DDSB

Students who complete the elementary and secondary French Immersion program should be versed and confident enough in French to allow them to study French in post-secondary or accept employment in a French-speaking environment. We offer French Immersion at 17 DDSB elementary and 7 secondary schools.

French Immersion schools

We offer French Immersion at these DDSB schools:

Ajax

Brock

Pickering

Oshawa

Scugog

Uxbridge

Whitby

Use the school locator tool to see which French Immersion elementary schools feed into which French Immersion secondary schools in the DDSB.

Parent information night

Join the next parent information night if you are interested in enrolling your child(ren) in French Immersion. You do not need to register to attend.

Canadian Parents for French (CPF)

Parents can join the Ajax/Pickering CPF to learn more about French Immersion and other language programs in the DDSB.

Resources for students and families

French Immersion students and families may be interested in these resources: