The Extended French Program begins in Grade 5 and continues up to Grade 12. The program provides students with the means to develop more advances French skills, enabling them to communicate effectively in speech and in writing, as they receive 1,900 hours of instruction by the end of Grade 8. The Extended French Program is only offered at designated schools in Dufferin-Peel.
Grades 5 to 8
The Extended French Program is introduced at the Grade 5 level. The instructional time is equally divided between French and English. Subjects taught in French, include: Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and one of The Arts and/or Physical Education. These classes are based on the same curriculum guidelines as the classes conducted in English.
Grades 9 to 12
Seven credits will be taught in the French language at the secondary level:
Grade 9 - French as a second language (extended) & Geography
Grade 10 - French as a second language (extended) & History
Grade 11 - French as a second language (extended) & World Religions
Grade 12 - French as a second language (extended)
Students who complete all courses successfully will receive a Certificate of Completion in Extended French.
Admission into the Extended French Program is open to all students eligible to attend a Dufferin-Peel Catholic school, who will be in Grade 5 the following September. Beyond the Grade 5 level, only students who have an equivalent background in French may join the program if space is available.
Public Information Meetings for the 2019-2020 Extended French Program
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will hold a series of public information meetings in Mississauga, Brampton, Bolton and Orangeville for parents and guardians interested in enrolling their children in the board's Extended French Program for the 2019-2020 school year. The information sessions are intended to provide parents and guardians with an overview of our Extended French Program. Schedule of Extended French Information Sessions
Parent Guide to Extended French
Extended French Presentation
For more information, please contact your local Extended French school or the Program Department at
905-890-0708 ext. 24374 or 24373.
Success in the French Extended Program
Various ministry documents such as the FSL Framework state that the FSL programs are for all students. There are however many considerations and factors which help parent(s) and/or guardian(s) make an informed decision about the French Immersion program for the child. These are:
- Enjoys and plays with language (rhyming and word games)
- Listens effectively (i.e. retell or explain a story in sequence)
- Displays strong communication skills (listening and speaking) in their mother tongue
- Follows directions and instructions
- Identifies and prints name, the alphabet and some words
- Demonstrates an awareness of individual sounds and sound patterns
- Cooperates with others and works /plays well in groups
- Perseveres and makes an effort when responding to challenges
- Looks for and acts on new ideas and opportunities
- Demonstrates a willingness to take risks
- Demonstrates curiosity and interest in learning
- Approaches new tasks with a positive attitude
- Regular attendance (known as a strong indicator for success)
These qualities encourage good learning habits in all subject areas.
124 Vodden Street, Brampton
60 Sterritt Drive, Brampton
St. Jean Brébeuf
63 Glenforest Drive, Brampton
50 Meadow Drive, Orangeville
61 Allan Drive, Bolton
St. Philip School
345 Fairview Road West, Mississauga
St. Therese of the Child Jesus
6930 Forest Park Drive, Mississauga
San Lorenzo Ruiz
100 Barondale Drive, Mississauga
1195 Clarkson Road North, Mississauga
St. Thomas More
3270 Tomken Road, Mississauga
St. Rose of Lima
4590 The Gallops, Mississauga
Cardinal Leger S.S.
75 Mary Street, Brampton
St. Thomas Aquinas S.S.
25 Corporation Drive, Brampton
Robert F. Hall Catholic S.S.
6500 Old Church Road, Caledon East
3566 South Common Court, Mississauga
Philip Pocock C.S.S.
4555 Tomken Road, Mississauga
St. Aloysius Gonzaga S.S.
2800 Erin Centre Boulevard, Mississauga
Extended French Boundary Maps