Students strengthen their first-language skills, enhance their critical thinking, and increase their understanding of other cultures through learning a second language.

The French program that a student selects for secondary school is determined by the total number of hours of French instruction they have accumulated by the end of Grade 8. A minimum of 600 hours for Core French, a minimum of 1260 hours for Extended French, and a minimum of 3800 hours for French Immersion. 

Core French

All secondary schools in the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) offer the Core French program in Grades 9-12. Academic, applied, and open courses are offered in Core French in Grades 9 and 10. University preparation and open courses are offered in Grades 11 and 12. 

French Immersion

Secondary French Immersion Program will be offered in 4 Halton Catholic schools, beginning in Grade 9, September, 2021!

This program will allow students who have been learning in the HCDSB’s French Immersion Program from Grade 1 to Grade 8 to continue to develop their French language skills in a secondary French Immersion classroom.

French Immersion Locations

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School

Bishop P.F. Reding Catholic Secondary School
(temporary location)

The new Milton #3 Catholic Secondary School will be the final destination of the French Immersion site.

St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School

Halton Hills
Christ the King Catholic Secondary School

Questions about the Secondary French Immersion Program?

Parents can read the following Frequently Asked Questions for answers to common questions about the French Immersion program. If you missed the virtual information session on November 12th, you can watch it here!

Extended French

Students in Extended French are taught French as a subject, and French serves as the language of instruction in at least one other subject. Academic courses are offered in Extended French in Grades 9 and 10, and University preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12. Extended French programming is offered in 6 of our 9 secondary schools. View the list of secondary schools where the Extended French program is available​.

In the Extended French program, students accumulate seven credits in French: four are French as a Second Language (FSL) courses and three are other subjects taught in the French language.

Grade 9

  • Extended French
  • Geography

Grade 10

  • Extended French
  • History

Grade 11

  • Extended French
  • World Religions

Grade 12

  • Extended French