The federal government developed a goal to double the number of secondary school graduates with functional proficiency in their second official language by 2013. This can be found in the plan called The Next Act: New Momentum for Canada’s Linguistic Duality. The Action Plan for Official Languages in Canada. In Huron-Perth CDSB, we are striving to meet this goal through vibrant Core French and Immersion French programs at both the elementary and secondary level.

Core French

The goal of the Core French program is to learn basic vocabulary and skills and to develop an appreciation of the French culture in Canada.

“Core French is mandatory from Grades 4 to 8 for all students in English-language elementary schools. Policy and program requirements for elementary school Core French programs dictate that students entering Grade 4 must receive French instruction in every year from Grade 4 to Grade 8, and must have accumulated a minimum of 600 hours of French instruction by the end of Grade 8. School boards have the authority to introduce Core French before Grade 4. Students should advance through an organized sequence of learning experiences that permits a steady growth of knowledge and skills. Once an instructional sequence has begun, the program must continue uninterrupted to Grade 8.”
           - The Ontario Curriculum, French as a Second Language, Core French

We are pleased to offer Core French from Grades One – Eight in our elementary schools.

French Immersion

We are proud to offer elementary French Immersion programs at Jeanne Sauve Catholic School in Stratford and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Goderich. We also offer secondary French Immersion programs at both St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford and St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School in Clinton.