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Extended French Pathway (JK-6)

Every OCSB school from JK to 6 offers Extended French. This program provides students with a significant amount of exposure to quality French education, while still allowing them to have the majority of their instruction time in English. If you require more specific information about learning French at your neighbourhood school, we invite you to contact the school directly. 

A rich exposure to quality French

In all of our schools, students in Grades 1-3 receive 75 minutes of French instruction per day (one quarter of their day). This means your child is not only learning French in their Language Arts class, but they are also receiving French instruction in other subjects as well.

We purposely provide all of our students, French Immersion included, with a quarter day of French instruction from Grades 1-3 to ensure they have developed a strong foundation in the English language. Read more about subjects taught in French.

The Extended French pathway will give your child a strong foundation in French and prepare them to start Core French in Grade 7. 

Hours of French instruction per grade

Grade Amount of French instruction
Kindergarten 50% French, 50% English 
Grades 1-3 25% French, 75% English
Grades 4-6 25% French, 75% English
Grades 7-8 1 of 8 subjects in French
Grades 9-12 1 mandatory Grade 9 course in French *

* Although the minimum requirement for graduation is 1 Grade 9 course in French, students are encouraged to continue to take Core French credits in Grades 10-12 to count towards their French Certificate.

Learn about our approach


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Watch the video, and then read about the French pathway options for your child.


French Immersion Pathway

Extended French Pathway