French Immersion

Early French Immersion

Birch Cliff Public School is home to an Early French Immersion program. In the 2021-2022 school year, we are home to a French Immersion Program from SK - Grade 5. For more information on Early French Immersion in the TDSB please visit the TDSB Website French Immersion website.

Admission Procedures:

Early French Immersion 

For families interested in the Toronto District School Board's Early French Immersion program, we offer an online process to apply. The entry point to Early French Immersion is moving to Junior Kindergarten. There will be one transition year wherein students who will be entering Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten in 2022 will be eligible to apply to the Early French Immersion program during the November 2021 application period. Moving forward (2023), the only entry point for Early French Immersion will be Junior Kindergarten. 

To apply for the Early French Immersion Program for September 2021, applications must be completed online between November 1 and November 26, 2021.

An offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) is guaranteed to all on-time applicants and will be made in the weeks following the close of the application window.

Please note: Families with an older sibling currently enrolled in the same French program and who will be in attendance next year are still required to complete an online application for the new student. Please select the “sibling option” within the online application.

For more information about the Early French Immersion application process, please join us for a Virtual Information Session on one of the following dates:

  • November 8, 2021, 7 p.m. 
  • November 15, 2021, 10 a.m. 
  • November 23, 2021, 7 p.m. 


Application link:

About the Program:

The French Immersion teachers at Birch Cliff teach and speak standard French, although their accents may vary due to regional differences. For some of our teachers, French is their first language, while others have acquired their French skills through university courses, work experiences, and programs such as French Immersion itself. The end result is that students who complete the entire French Immersion program at Birch Cliff are exposed to a variety of French models, in an enriched setting which enables them to learn about different French cultures, as well as, key grammar concepts.

French Immersion is not for every child!

It is not uncommon to receive requests from parents during the school year to move their children from the French Immersion program into the English program. Students leaving the French Immersion program are required to return to their local or home school as determined by their home address.

So how do you know if your child is a "good candidate" for French Immersion?

While one can never be absolutely sure, here are some questions to guide you in your decision-making. If your responses are mostly positive, then chances are that your child will experience success in a second language program. It is also a good idea to meet with your child's junior kindergarten teacher to explore whether or not your child would be appropriate for the French immersion program. 

  • Did your child learn to speak his or her first language, such as English, easily?
  • Is your child a good listener?
  • Is your child able to focus attentively or is she or he easily distracted?
  • Does your child learn new things independently or does an adult need to be close by?
  • Does your child have any auditory or hearing difficulties?
  • Is your child easy to understand when she or he speaks?
  • Is your child able to express ideas clearly or ask questions appropriately for his or her age?
  • Does your child use age appropriate vocabulary?
  • Is your child interested in learning another language?
  • Is your child interested in print materials such as books, or in learning the alphabet and its corresponding sounds?
  • Do you read to your child on a regular basis and are you willing to help your child develop literacy skills in his or her first language?

If you decide against French Immersion for your child at the Kindergarten level, you should know that they  will receive French as a Second Language, or Core French instruction, beginning in Grade 4 for 200 minutes a week.