French as a Second Language (FSL)

The Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board is proud to offer French as a Second Language instruction from Kindergarten to Grade twelve in both the Core and Immersion Streams. The Ontario Ministry of Education provides funding for Core French programming from grade four to grade twelve. however the BGCDSB recognizes the many benefits of early exposure to a second language and allocates special funding to ensure that students begin their FSL education in Kindergarten. 

Core French 
Students learn French as a subject. At the elementary level, students must accumulate a minimum of 600 hours of French instruction by the end of Grade 8. At the secondary level, academic, applied and open courses are offered for Grades 9 and 10; university preparation and open courses are offered for Grades 11 and 12. Core French programming is taught in all schools, Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Immersion
Students learn French as a subject and French serves as the language of instruction in two or more other subjects. From Kindergarten to Grade 6, French is the language of instruction for all subjects except for Core English and Religion. In Grades 7 and 8 French is the language of instruction for 50% of the day, with Math, Religion and Core English being taught in English.  At the secondary level, academic and applied courses are offered for Grades 9 and 10; university preparation and open courses are offered for Grades 11 and 12. In the French Immersion program, students accumulate ten credits in French: four are FSL language courses and six are other subjects in which French is the language of instruction.

French Immersion programming is offered in elementary at St. Joseph's School (Port Elgin), St. Anthony's School (Kincardine), St. Basil's School (Owen Sound) and Notre Dame (Owen Sound). École Immaculée-Conception (Formosa) is a single track French Immersion school. Both Secondary schools, St. Mary's High School (Owen Sound) and Sacred Heart High School (Walkerton) offer French immersion programming.