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Offer your child a French Catholic education!

Parents wishing to register their child in our full-time Kindergarten program and explore the benefits of French language Catholic education are invited to visit our elementary schools. This invitation will be of interest to parents of children born in 2014 who will be attending school in September 2018. All parents who wish to explore the many benefits that a quality and proven French language education can provide their children are cordially invited, along with their families.

All parents who wish to explore the many benefits that a quality and proven French language education can provide their children are cordially invited, along with their families. The value of French language education is described by the provincial network Éducation en langue française (ELF).

Kindergarten Registration

My education starts en français

Parents register their children in a French Catholic school for many good reasons. Discover how your child can learn en français.

Who is entitled to a Francophone school in Ontario?

Access to French-language Catholic education is guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights. The children of Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who meet any of the following criterias are welcomed in our schools:

  • whose first language learned and still understood is French; OR
  • has received his or her education at the elementary level in French in Canada (excludes French immersion); OR
  • has a child who has received or who is receiving his or her education at the elementary or secondary level in French (excludes French immersion) in Canada.

Our school board also welcomes in its schools children:

  • whose grand-parents had French as a first language and were right-holders to French-language education; OR
  • born from immigration and whose parents speak neither French nor English.

All other parents wishing to register their child in a Francophone school may submit an application for admission. Contact the principal at the school you wish to register your child for more details or for assistance.

Registration

Kindergarten

Today more than ever, many parents register their child in a full-day Kindergarten program offered by French language Catholic schools. Parents want to offer their children every opportunity to learn French as a first language and develop a high-level of bilingualism in an environment which instills spiritual and moral values within each student.

The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario (CSCNO) has been offering a full-time Kindergarten program for 20 years and is convinced of the importance of the benefits of a literacy and numeracy skill development program for four- and five-year olds. This commitment has proven successful as provincial tests reveal that French language students outperform students attending English-language schools in Grade 6 mathematics, reading and writing. CSCNO graduation rates are also higher than the provincial average.

Our Kindergarten program encourages children's over-all spiritual, affective, social, cultural, and psychomotor development. It also ensures a sustainable French language acquisition contributing to both academic success and Francophone cultural identity success for students from all cultural backgrounds in our program. At time of registration, you will receive a welcome package which will highlight program expectations, our commitment as educators as well as your role in your child's educational and identity development.

French Language education and French immersion are not the same

French-language Schools

Students who attend a French-language school are taught in French, their primary language.

Francophone schools are completely French. French is the language of instruction and communication in the school and with community partners. Additionally, French-language schools enhance students' cultural identity through the integration of cultural activities in the curriculum as well as in extra-curricular activities. French resources, posters, signage and morning announcements contribute to the creation of a completely French-speaking environment and experience.

French Immersion Programs

Students in French immersion programs are, in fact, English-language students. They are taught French as a second language within an English-language school.

French immersion programs take place in English-language schools where the signage, assemblies and general atmosphere is English. French immersion programs provide students with the skills they need to communicate in a second language. Because French immersion students are surrounded by English students, it is naturally much harder for them to partake in the Francophone culture.

Study EN FRANÇAIS in a CSCNO school

Our students, much like the youth living elsewhere in North America, are immersed in a predominantly English language environment - everywhere except in schools offering a French-language education and perhaps in their home or in targeted institutions. Most children understand and speak English prior to starting Kindergarten in our schools. For this reason, we believe that true "French immersion" is to be fully immersed in a French as a First language setting.

Our classroom road to sustainable bilingualism offers a comprehensive setting where your child will not only "function" in French but will "think" in French and will be able to live in French. In our schools, teachers are native speakers of French and fully master the language. Their responsibility goes beyond the teaching of basic communication skills - he or she creates a strong and motivating learning environment which increases your child's ability to fully master the language, understand and appreciate the Francophone culture and develop a high-level of sustainable bilingualism from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Further, in order to ensure fluent bilingualism, your child will follow an English Language Arts program from grades 4 through 12 using the same English curriculum as the one delivered in English language schools.

We also offer special programs and services designed specifically to meet the needs of all of our students. Our French Language Acquisition Program (Programme d'actualisation de la langue française) allows students to develop and improve their proficiency in French in order to succeed academically. Based on your child's proficiency in French, your child may be offered an individualized program designed to enhance his or her linguistic competencies.

Who qualifies for a French-language Catholic education?

Access to French-language Catholic education is the constitutional right of French-language rights-holders, though non-rights-holders can also apply. This right is guaranteed to citizens by the Canadian Charter of Rights.

The child of a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who meets any of the following criteria qualifies for French-language education:

  • whose first language learned and still understood is French; OR
  • has received his or her education at the elementary level in French in Canada (excludes French immersion); OR
  • has a child who has received or who is receiving his or her education at the elementary or secondary level in French (excludes French immersion) in Canada.

The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario also welcomes in its schools children:

  • whose grand-parents had French as a first language and were right-holders to French-language education; OR
  • born from immigration and whose parents speak neither French nor English.

As a rights-holder, if you choose not to send your child to a French-language school, the automatic right to French-language education for the next generation is lost, and access to a French-language school must subsequently be requested as a non-rights-holder.

Access to French-language Catholic education is the constitutional right of French-language rights-holders, though non-rights-holders can also apply. This right is guaranteed to citizens by the Canadian Charter of Rights.

The child of a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who meets any of the following criteria qualifies for French-language education:

  • whose first language learned and still understood is French; OR
  • has received his or her education at the elementary level in French in Canada (excludes French immersion); OR
  • has a child who has received or who is receiving his or her education at the elementary or secondary level in French (excludes French immersion) in Canada.

The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario also welcomes in its schools children:

  • whose grand-parents had French as a first language and were right-holders to French-language education; OR
  • born from immigration and whose parents speak neither French nor English.

As a rights-holder, if you choose not to send your child to a French-language school, the automatic right to French-language education for the next generation is lost, and access to a French-language school must subsequently be requested as a non-rights-holder.

What if my child does not speak French and does not qualify for French language education?

If your child does not speak French and is not eligible for French language education, you can submit an application for admission to any one of our schools. This request will be reviewed by an admissions committee which will assess your child's skills and comfort level in French. The committee will also examine the parents' commitment towards the school's Catholic values and to education in the French language to ensure that parents or guardians who cannot speak the language play an essential role in promoting a love of learning in French in a Francophone setting. If the request is approved, special measures are implemented by the school to assist both you and your child's integration into the school's community.

Your Role

French language Catholic Schools respect the specific needs of non-French-speaking parents by offering certain services and programs. In addition to this, communication is often facilitated through networking with other parents as well as individual meetings with principals and school staff.

We believe that strong language acquisition starts with an early introduction to the French language but most importantly, is strongly influenced by the parents' involvement and positive support. Trust yourself. Trust your child's ability to learn. A positive attitude towards French-language acquisition is the best support you can offer. Our goal is to work with you to ensure your child's happiness and continued success.

Admission to Kindergarten

To qualify for Kindergarten, your child must have turned 4 prior to December 31, 2018 (born in 2014).

The following documents are necessary to complete your child's registration:

  • Birth certificate;
  • OHIP card;
  • Immunization card (vaccine and inoculation booklet);
  • Roll number (appear on municipal tax forms).
  • Baptismal certificate (If available);

Communicate with our schools

AreaSchoolPrincipalPhone #
Azilda Ste-Marie Michèle Fortier (705) 983-4254
Blind River Saint-Joseph Julie Chenard Azzi (705) 356-2246
Chapleau Sacré-Cœur Marcel Bouchard (705) 864-0281
Chelmsford Alliance St-Joseph Julie Rainville-Démoré (705) 855-4591
Coniston Notre-Dame de la Merci Yves Vaillancourt (705) 694-4402
Dowling St-Étienne Charles de la Riva (705) 855-4333
Dubreuilville St-Joseph Philippe Lacroix (705) 884-2764
Elliot Lake Georges Vanier Hassan Azzi (705) 848-2272
Espanola Saint-Joseph Lynn MacLean (705) 869-3530
Garson St-Augustin Normand Roy (705) 693-2424
Hanmer Notre-Dame Luc Dalcourt (705) 969-4411
Hanmer St-Joseph Lucie Hurtubise (705) 969-2110
Hornepayne Saint Nom de Jésus Anne Marineau (807) 868-2716
Lively St-Paul Julie Fantal (705) 692-4696
Noëlville St-Antoine Gisèle Lamy (705) 898-2205
St-Charles St-Charles Borromée Tammy Séguin (705) 867-2052
Sault Ste. Marie Notre-Dame-du-Sault France McLeod (705) 945-5520
Spanish Sainte-Anne Hassan Azzi (705) 844-2348
Sudbury Félix-Ricard Brian Philipow (705) 566-8300
Sudbury St-Denis Lise Dewar (705) 675-1201
Sudbury St-Dominique Sylvie Bazinet (705) 566-2616
Sudbury St-Joseph Darquise C. Moreau (705) 675-1334
Sudbury St-Pierre Lynn Ruest McGuire (705) 566-5260
Val Caron Jean-Paul II André Paquette (705) 897-4434
Warren St-Thomas Hélène Lemieux (705) 967-2700
Wawa Saint-Joseph Lucille Vachon-Case (705) 856-2003

For more information about French Language schools

Kindergarten Program

Kindergarten Program

The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario (CSCNO) has successfully offered full-time Kindergarten program for 20 years. The Kindergarten Program is offered in 26 of our schools.

  • École Ste-Marie (Azilda)
  • École Saint-Joseph (Blind River)
  • École Sacré-Coeur (Chapleau)
  • École Alliance St-Joseph (Chelmsford)
  • École Notre-Dame de la Merci (Coniston)
  • École St-Étienne (Dowling)
  • École St-Joseph (Dubreuilville)
  • École Georges Vanier (Elliot Lake)
  • École Saint-Joseph (Espanola)
  • École St-Augustin (Garson)
  • École Notre-Dame (Hanmer)
  • École St-Joseph (Hanmer)
  • École Saint Nom de Jésus (Hornepayne)
  • École St-Paul (Lively)
  • École St-Antoine (Noëlville)
  • École St-Charles Borromée (St-Charles)
  • École Notre-Dame-du-Sault (Sault Ste. Marie)
  • École Sainte-Anne (Spanish)
  • École Félix-Ricard (Sudbury)
  • École St-Dominique (Sudbury)
  • École St-Joseph (Sudbury)
  • École St-Pierre (Sudbury)
  • École St-Denis (Sudbury)
  • École Jean-Paul II (Val Caron)
  • École St-Thomas (Warren)
  • École Saint-Joseph (Wawa)

What is the Early Learning Program?

This program:

  • is designed to help your child develop the social, emotional, academic and physical skills that provide a good foundation for success in school
  • focuses on your child's individual development and interests
  • provides a play based learning environment and opportunities to socialize
  • offers your child many activities including singing, music, dramatic arts, language skills and, of course, technology

In schools offering the Kindergarten program, teachers and early childhood educators work closely together to help your child learn and thrive in a Catholic French language environment.

Extended Day Program

The Board's day care partners' will offer the extended day program in CSCNO schools.

For more information about the Kindergarten Program

The Full Day Kindergarten Program (FDKP)

For more information on our Kindergarten Program, please contact the school principal or call 705-673-5626 or 1 800-259-5567.

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