Board approves English-language Kindergarten in French Immersion schools

Posted On Thursday December 19, 2019

Thames Valley will provide English language Junior/Senior Kindergarten classes in most of its 11 French Immersion public schools beginning in September 2020. 

Trustees approved a plan on December 17, 2019 to provide English-language Kindergarten classes within available space at nine French Immersion public schools, following a decision last month to eliminate Senior Kindergarten entry into French Immersion.

“After a careful analysis, Senior Administration determined that at least one Kindergarten class can be offered at these schools in a fiscally responsible manner – using available space and without the need for extra portables,” said Education Director Mark Fisher.

English-language Kindergarten will not be offered at Roch Carrier French Immersion Public School in Woodstock due to significant over capacity in the existing Grade 1-8 program. Princess Elizabeth Public School, a dual-track school, will continue to offer Kindergarten in English.

Additional information will be shared with parents and guardians during Thames Valley’s Kindergarten Registration period – January 20 to February 7, 2020 – when families may express interest in enrolling their children in English-language Kindergarten at a French Immersion school.

On November 26, the Board consolidated entry into French Immersion to Grade 1, eliminating previously offered entry in Senior Kindergarten and Grade 7. The changes were made to avoid capping enrolment in the face of a nationwide shortage of qualified French-language educators.

English-language Kindergarten classes at the following:

  • Éva Circé-Côté French Immersion Public School, Elgin County 
  • J.S. Buchanan French Immersion Public School, Middlesex County 
  • Jeanne Sauve French Immersion Public School, London 
  • Kensal Park French Immersion Public School, London 
  • Lord Roberts French Immersion Public School, London 
  • Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School, London 
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau French Immersion Public School, Elgin County 
  • Princess Anne French Immersion Public School, London 
  • West Oaks French Immersion Public School, London 

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