(905) 735-0700 240 Thorold Road West, Welland, ON L3C 3W2

French Immersion


Mme J. Stapleton (Program Leader)
Mme L. Ciolfi
Mme A. Liefl
M C. Maltais
M Y. Marais
Mme L. Pelissero
Mme D.Stoop
M N.Tessaro


Grade 9

*Français - French Immersion - De-streamed  (FIF1D1)
*Sciences  - Sciences - De-streamed   (SNC1WF)
*Géographie  - Issues in Canadian Geography - De-streamed  (CGC1DF)
*Arts visuels - Visual Arts - Open (AVI1OF) (optional course)

Grade 10

Français- French Immersion - Academic/Applied (F1F2D/FIF2P)
*Sciences  - Sciences -  Academic/Applied  (SNC2DF/SNC2PF)
*Histoire  - Canadian History Since World War 1 – Academic/Applied (CHC2DF/CHC2PF)
*Exploration de carriere - Open (GLC2OF) & Civisme et citoyennete - Open (CHV2OF) 
Arts visuels - Visual Art - Open (AVI2OF) (optional course)

Grade 11

Français – French Immersion – University /Open (FIF3U/FIF3O)
Sociologie – Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology – University (HSP3UF) (optional course)

Grade 12

Français – French Immersion – University/Open (FIF4U/FIF4O)
Sociologie - Challenge and Change in Society – University (HSP4UF) (optional course)

These courses follow the same curriculum guidelines as the courses taught in the English language.  
*Compulsory course for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
**Students require 10 credits in French to successfully complete the French Immersion program.  We recommend that students take "arts visuels' in grade 9 as their 10th course.

Please Note:

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is given in English to French Immersion students.


Q:  Are there any applied level courses in the French Immersion program?
A:  French Immersion courses are offered at the Applied and Academic level in grade 10 and at the University and Open level in grades 11 and 12.  

Q:  How are the textbooks different from the English program?
Most textbooks are the French version of the English Language textbook.  If the French version of the English textbook isn’t available, then an appropriate textbook will be used.

Q:  How are the exams different from the English exams?
A:  Every exam has to be approved by the head of the department.  Some exams are the French version of the English Language exam and others are very similar to the English Language exam.

Q:  Why do you decrease the number of French Immersion courses after grade 10?
A:  To receive a French Immersion certificate upon graduation, a student needs 10 French Immersion courses at the secondary level.  These are offered mostly in the first two years in order to give students the opportunity to better prepare for post-secondary education.

Q:  What are the advantages of the French Immersion program?
A:  There are many advantages to this program.  Students will be part of a program where they experience a great deal of success, working hard, thus providing students with positive influences during their years in high school.  They will also receive a French Immersion certificate which will be advantageous for gaining summer employment and for future jobs.  Students are also eligible to take the DELF exam in their grade 12 year which can provide them with a certificate that is recognized world-wide.  For more information about the DELF click here.