French as a Second Language
The ability to speak and understand French allows students to communicate with French-speaking people in Canada and around the world, to understand and appreciate the history and evolution of their cultures, and to develop and benefit from a competitive advantage in the workforce. While the knowledge of any language has value, French is not only a global language but the mother tongue of many Canadians and an integral part of the Canadian identity. Learning French equips students to communicate with French-speaking Canadians and millions of French speakers around the world. French as a Second language courses are offered in Grades 9-12.
Secondary French Immersion Program
Five schools offer the French Immersion Programs. Transportation is provided to eligible students. Students in Grades 9, 10, & 11 will study French Immersion Language Arts, Histoire, Géographie and Sciences. In Grade 12, students will study French Immersion Language Arts. Students will complete the remaining subjects according to the options available at their French Immersion site. In all of these subjects, French is the language of instruction. Students study the remaining subjects in English.
The following schools offer French Immersion Programs:
• A.N. Myer Secondary School, Niagara Falls
• Governor Simcoe Secondary School, St. Catharines
• Grimsby Secondary School, Grimsby
• Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, St. Catharines
• Welland Centennial Secondary School, Welland