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Opening Doors to Opportunities

As a Board, we value the learning of French and recognize the many benefits that French language-skills provide students.  Our French language programs open doors to opportunities! Watch the video below to learn more about what our elementary and secondary students have to share about learning French.

Studying French

The study of French is an important part of the secondary school curriculum. French is one of Canada's two official languages, but also widely used around the world.

As one of Canada's two official languages, the study of French is an important part of the secondary school curriculum. Widely used around the world, the ability to read, write, listen and speak in French is valuable for a number of reasons. Learning French allows students to:

  • strengthen their first-language skills;
  • enhance their critical and creative thinking abilities;
  • increase their understanding of other cultures; and
  • gain career advantages.

Goals of French as a Second Language programs

The primary goal of French as a Second Language (FSL) programs in Ontario is to increase students' confidence and proficiency to use French effectively in their daily lives. All FSL programs emphasize the development of:

  • listening;
  • speaking;
  • reading; and
  • writing skills.

French programs offered

Core French

Secondary students have the option of studying French at an academic, applied and open level. All students must complete a minimum of one French credit for graduation.

Extended French and/or French Immersion programs

Students who have completed Extended French or a French Immersion programs in elementary school can continue their French language studies at the secondary level.

Secondary students are required to complete 30 credits to receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The Extended French program requires students to complete 10 of the 30 credits in FrenchUpon completion, our students receive an Extended French certificate at graduation. The chart below outlines the courses students are required to take in French.

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12







World Religions

Religion (optional)




Health and Physical Education

Careers and Civics (optional)


We will offer the Extended French program at the following secondary schools in the following grades as of September 2017.



Extended French program

Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School

1020 Dryden Blvd., Whitby

Grade 9 -12

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School

1375 Harwood Avenue North, Ajax

Grade 9-12

St. Mary Catholic Secondary School

1918 Whites Road, Pickering

Grade 9 -12

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