Important Update - The Extended French Program will be discontinued starting in September 2020. Current students in Extended French from Grade 7 and up will continue in the program. More information below.
Important update on the Extended French Program at Sir E. MacMillan Public School
May 15, 2019 Board meeting, it was recommended that the Halton District School Board’s Extended French Program be discontinued starting in September 2020.
The Extended French Program, also referred to as late entry French Immersion, runs at one elementary school in the HDSB (Sir E. MacMillan Public School in Burlington). Students in the program, which begins in Grade 7, have half of their instructional time in English and half in French, enabling them to accumulate 1,330 hours of French instruction before Grade 9.
Following a review of the program, enrolment data shows significant attrition, resulting in low enrolment numbers in secondary school Extended French courses. Additionally, it was determined that maintaining a program in one community primarily serving one elementary and one secondary school poses an issue of equity and fairness. Data shows more than half of students in the program come from only the Sir E. MacMillan Public School area.
The process to discontinue the program will start in September 2020 with the elimination of the Grade 7 class. Current students in Extended French from Grade 7 and up will continue in the program.
For further information, please contact Tina Salmini at
Extended French Program
Extended French begins in Grade 7 and is offered at Sir Ernest MacMillan Public School in Burlington. Students who choose this program have 50 per cent of their instructional time in English and 50 per cent in French, allowing students to accumulate 475 hours of instruction in French each year. Bus transportation is not provided for this program. Students who study Core French up to Grade 6 and then choose Extended French for Grades 7 and 8, will acquire a total of 1,330 hours of French instruction by the end of Grade 8.
Currently, Extended French is offered at M.M. Robinson High School* in Burlington for Grades 9 - 12**. To receive a certificate of completion for the Extended French program, students must complete 7 credits, including 4 French Language Arts courses and a minimum of 3 others courses where the language of instruction is French. This allows Extended French students to complete the requirements for an Extended French certificate with a strong level of French proficiency.
* Please note students who complete Grade 7 and 8 Extended French do not qualify for the French Immersion programs offered at other
** No transportation is provided.
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