January 23, 2017

January 27 deadline set to apply for French Immersion, Extended French for 2017-18 school year

Are you considering French Immersion (FI) or Extended French (EF) for your child for the 2017-18 school year? For entry into grade 1 FI or grade 7 EF, parents must apply online at www.peelschools.org/French​ by Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at 4 p.m.

FI random selection process

A grade 1 FI enrolment cap is in place. This means that a specific number of spots are available for students entering grade 1 FI. The cap is set at 25 per cent of the total annual enrolment number in grade 1. There is no enrolment cap for EF.

A random selection process system is used to identify students gaining entrance into the grade 1 FI program. Spots are not assigned on a first come, first served basis. All students who apply by the deadline will be assigned a rank using a computerized random selection process. Once students have been assigned to all available spots, remaining students will be placed, again in rank order, on the school's waitlist. Each school has its own waitlist. 

Exceptions to FI random selection process

Students who are currently in a Kindergarten FI program in another publicly-funded school board and apply by the deadline will be placed into the grade 1 FI program. 
Students who currently (2016-17) have siblings in the elementary FI program (in grades 5 to 7) and apply by the deadline will be placed into the grade 1 FI program. This means that younger siblings of students who are accepted into grade 1 FI for the 2017-18 school year and who don't currently have siblings in grades 5 to 7 FI will participate in the random selection process in future years.

Additional information about the FI registration process, random selection process system and waitlist is available on the board's website at www.peelschools.org/French.  Parents can also visit the website of Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) at http://on.cpf.ca/ for additional information. ​

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Reference: Kayla Tishcoff, Communications Officer, 905-890-1010 ext. 2239, kayla.tishcoff@peelsb.com

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