French Immersion in Markham Catholic Schools
As real estate agents who know a whole lot about schools, our clients ask us about French Immersion programs at Catholic schools in Markham 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. At public schools 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 Catholic schools in Markham…
- In Markham, French Immersion for Catholic schools starts in Grade One. And up until and including Grade 3, the children spend 85% of their day learning subjects in French and 15% learning in English. Beginning in Grade 4, the learning in each language is 50/50 (50% learning in English, 50% learning in French), until Grade 8. the program is then continued at select Catholic secondary schools in York Region.
- Getting into the French Immersion program at the Grade One level in Markham is automatic IF you apply by the deadline AND there is space, but if the program is too popular that year and there aren’t enough spaces for everybody, there MAY be a lottery to determine who gets in. If you apply PAST the deadline, you may not get in if there isn’t any space available.
- For a fuller breakdown of the Catholic French Immersion program, please visit the York Catholic 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 late-January.
- A list and ranking of the schools in Markham 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 Catholic French Immersion in Markham, including the crazy boundaries that may change from year to year! Be very careful when moving to Markham that you know exactly where your child is going to be attending.
Here are the rankings for the 4 Catholic elementary schools in Markham that currently offer the French Immersion program:
BEST CATHOLIC FRENCH IMMERSION SCHOOLS IN MARKHAM 2020
Here is a list of the Catholic High Schools in Markham that currently offer the French Immersion program:
- St. Brother Andre SS