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French Immersion

Secondary Schools

The French Immersion program at the secondary level provides students with the skills they need to communicate in a second language, and enhances their ability to perform effectively and meet with success in a rapidly changing global economy.

Learning a second language enhances career choices, develops thinking and communication skills, and provides a greater appreciation of diversity.

Students in Rainbow Schools may obtain a French Immersion Certificate upon graduation by completing a minimum of ten courses taught in French. These include four Immersion French courses, plus six other courses from a wide variety of choices – health and physical education, Canadian geography, Canadian history, civics, career studies, dramatic arts, business studies, social sciences and the humanities, Canadian and world studies, music, visual arts, science, technological education and Co-operative education.

French Immersion is offered at the following Rainbow secondary schools:

  • Confederation Secondary School
  • Lasalle Secondary School
  • Lockerby Composite School
  • Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School
  • Sudbury Secondary School

For more information about French Immersion, contact the French Immersion Rainbow secondary school nearest you.

Resources for Parents

The French as a Second language (FSL) Homework Toolbox/Trousse pour les devoirs website now has many new resources. Visit

This site supports parents who have children in a French Immersion program and provides assistance to French Immersion students who require an accessible user-friendly reference tool to help with homework.

Helpful tips include:

A total of 33 videos, including 14 math videos cover concepts predominantly from the junior/intermediate level with 19 literacy videos focusing on the secondary level.

More than 1,900 audio clips have also been added to the Toolbox category.

The website, produced by Rainbow District School Board, was based on the 2010 needs assessment conducted by Canadian Parents For French and was made possible through the financial support of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.