If you are reeling from the Peel District School Board decision to limit the number of admissions into their French Immersion program, due to a lack of qualified teachers, there may be another option. You will have to wait until your child is in the fifth grade, but the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) also offers the program and could satisfy your bilingual education needs in the 2018-19 academic year.
However, your child would have to qualify for enrolment into a Catholic education school.
The DPCDSB is holding several public information sessions on their extended French program for Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. Parents will be able to discuss the curriculum, admission criteria and any potential changes affecting their program directly with board staff.
It should be noted that the DPCDSB, much like other boards, selects students at random for enrollment in the extended program commencing in the fifth grade. Parents have until 4 p.m. on Jan. 26 to apply but not before checking out an information session on one of the dates/locations below:
In Mississauga: at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17 at St. Christopher, 1195 Clarkson Road North; St. Thomas More, 3270 Tomken Road; St. Philip School, 345 Fairview Road West; St. Rose of Lima, 4590 the Gallops; or 7 p.m. on Jan. 18 at St. Therese of the Child Jesus, 6930 Forest Park Drive; and San Lorenzo Ruiz, 100 Barondale Drive.
In Brampton: at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17 at St. Anne, 124 Vodden Street; St. Jean Brebeuf, 63 Glenforest Road; or St. Monica, 60 Sterritt Drive.
For information, visit: www.dpcdsb.org
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