French Immersion in Aurora, Newmarket & York Region North
*** Local-Expert Article ***
contribution from Jennifer Yau
SusiHomes Realtor®, York Region, North York, Scarborough
Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Aurora, Newmarket
As real estate agents who know a whole lot about schools, our clients ask us about French Immersion programs in Aurora & Newmarket quite frequently. Our clients feel that French Immersion schools provide “better education”, and this is based on EQAO stats through recent years. This is not without merit. In Oakville and York Region, where you can directly regionally-compare the EQAO pass-rates of French Immersion students vs. English-track students, we found a 17% difference in performance in 2014. Does that mean that FI students perform 17% better than English-track students? Not necessarily, as the program does indeed attract students from (generally) more-concerned parents. But the numbers are certainly intriguing.
Here is information about the French Immersion programs at public schools in Aurora & Newmarket…
- In Aurora & Newmarket, French Immersion starts in Grade 1. For Grades 1, 2 and 3, the children will spend their entire school day learning all subjects in French and NONE learning in English. Beginning in Grade 4, English-learning is re-introduced and the learning is 50/50 until Grade 8 (50% learning in English, 50% learning in French). The program is then continued at select secondary schools.
- Getting into the French Immersion program at the Grade One level in Aurora & Newmarket is automatic IF you apply by the deadline, but also if the school you are applying to is at capacity your child may have to attend another school until spots free up. If you apply PAST the deadline, please call the school itself.
- For a fuller breakdown of the French Immersion program, please visit the York Region Board’s FI web-page HERE. Please note that there is a registration deadline for French Immersion (for September placement), and that date is usually in early February.
- A list and ranking of the schools in Aurora & Newmarket that offer French Immersion programs is at the bottom of this page. (They have been ranked by 7-year EQAO scores only, as opposed to our regular rankings where Potency and Consistency also affect the rankings.)
Why such a demand for French Immersion? Perhaps a comment from “Willy999” on the cbc.ca forums puts it best… He wrote:
“Some of the demand for French Immersion comes from parents who view the program as a better learning environment for their children as opposed to a program that stresses French. The program is viewed as a “private school” within the public system. The demand for French Immersion could be reduced by offering these parents an alternative English based program.”
It is true that schools with French Immersion programs generally do better in the EQAO tests than schools without. Is this indicative of the level of education given, or is it just that they attract a “smarter” student? We believe it is more of the latter. However, we still recommend these French Immersion schools to our clients as most parents would prefer to have their children be influenced by peers who do well in school.
THERE IS SO MUCH TO KNOW about French Immersion in Aurora & Newmarket, including the crazy boundaries that may change from year to year! Be very careful when moving to Aurora & Newmarket that you know exactly where your child is going to be attending.
Here are the rankings for the 5 public elementary schools in Aurora & Newmarket that currently offer the French Immersion program:
BEST FRENCH IMMERSION SCHOOLS IN AURORA & NEWMARKET
|#1||Devins Drive / Lester B Pearson Public Schools [Aurora]||1-2, 3-8|
|#1||Aurora Grove / Lester B Pearson Public Schools [Aurora]||1-2, 3-8|
|#3||Mazo de la Roche Public School [Newmarket]||1-8|
|#4||Poplar Bank Public School [Newmarket]||1-8|
|#5||Summitview / Glad Park Public Schools [Whitchurch-Stouffville]||1-2, 3-8|
|#6||Keswick Public School [Keswick]||1-8|
Here is a list of the public High Schools in Aurora & Newmarket that currently offer the French Immersion program:
- Aurora SS
- Newmarket SS