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French Immersion in High Park Public Schools

French Immersion in West End/High Park area Public Schools
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Last updated on May 15, 2024 by SUSI KOSTYNIUK

French Immersion in West End/High Park area Public SchoolsAs real estate agents who know a whole lot about schools, our clients ask us about French Immersion programs in the West End/High Park area 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 the Halton and York Regions, 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.

Should you put your own child into French Immersion? Perhaps this article and this article and also this article can help you with your decision.

Here is information about the French Immersion programs at public schools in the West End/High Park area…

  • In the West End/High Park area, French Immersion starts in Senior Kindergarten. And until Grade 3, the children spend their entire school day learning all subjects in French and NONE learning in English. Beginning in Grade 4, English-learning is re-introduced gradually, and by Grade 6 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 secondary schools.
  • Getting into the French Immersion program at the Senior Kindergarten level in the West End/High Park area 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, you will have to be placed on a Wait List.
  • For a fuller breakdown of the French Immersion program, please visit the Toronto District 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 mid-December of the previous year.
  • A list and ranking of the schools in the West End/High Park area 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 the West End/High Park area, including the crazy boundaries that may change from year to year! Be very careful when moving to the West End/High Park area that you know exactly where your child is going to be attending.

Here are the rankings for the Top Five public elementary schools in the West End/High Park area that currently offer the French Immersion program:

BEST FRENCH IMMERSION SCHOOLS the WEST END/HIGH PARK area 2024

Rank
School
Grades
#1
K-8
#2
K-6
#3
K-8
#4
K-6
#5
K-6

There are two other public elementary schools in the West End/High Park area that currently offer French Immersion.

Here is a list of the public High Schools in the West End/High Park area that currently offer the French Immersion program:
Humberside Collegiate