French Immersion FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions  

Application for English Kindergarten in Designated French Immersion Schools 2021-2022 

1. Q: Is there a limit on the number of students who can attend English Kindergarten in French Immersion schools? 

A: Enrollment limitations have been determined for the 2021-2022 school year based on the amount of space available at French Immersion schools. Enrollment is limited to 26 students in each classroom with balanced numbers of K1 and K2 students. The maximum number of classes available for English Kindergarten programming at each of the ten designated French Immersion schools is: 

  • Éva Circé-Côté French Immersion Public School, 2 classrooms  
  • J.S. Buchanan French Immersion Public School, 2 classrooms   
  • Jeanne Sauvé French Immersion Public School, 1 classroom   
  • Kensal Park French Immersion Public School, 3 classrooms   
  • Lord Roberts French Immersion Public School, 1 classroom   
  • Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School, 4 classrooms   
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau French Immersion Public School, 2 classrooms   
  • Princess Elizabeth Public School, 2 classrooms
  • Princess Anne French Immersion Public School, 1 classroom   
  • West Oaks French Immersion Public School, 2 classrooms  

2. Q: How do I know which French Immersion school my child is eligible to attend for English Kindergarten programming? 

A: Students may only apply to attend English Kindergarten at their designated French Immersion school based on the student’s home address. You can use the school locator tool on the Thames Valley District School Board’s website to find your designated French Immersion school. 


3. Q: I would like my children to go to the same school – are siblings of current French Immersion students given priority in the admission process?  

A: Thames Valley Senior Administration has thoroughly reviewed the issue and determined that providing priority to siblings would create inequality of access to English Kindergarten at French Immersion schools. Due to extremely limited spaces at some schools, providing priority to siblings may completely deny access to other students.  

Therefore, Thames Valley’s admission process will be made strictly based on random selection – with exceptions being made for medical or other support needs of students. This process is both procedurally fair and consistent with the Board’s commitment to equity and inclusion. 

At the present time, all children are welcome to register for French Immersion in Grade 1 when age appropriate.


4. Q: Will I increase my child’s chances of being admitted if I apply early?  

A: No. All applications submitted during the Kindergarten registration period from January 18 – February 5, 2021 will proceed through the same admission process after the close of the registration period. 


5. Q: What will happen if my child is not randomly selected? Is there a Waiting List? 

A: All applicants who submit their applications during the Kindergarten registration period (January 18 – February 5, 2021), who are not admitted through the random selection process, will be automatically placed on a Waiting List in order of random selection. 


 6. Q: If my child is on the Waiting List, must my child be in attendance in Kindergarten at their designated home English school to be offered a place if one becomes available during the school year? 

A: Yes. Your child will have already registered for Kindergarten at their home English school through the registration process and must be in attendance to be offered a place in the English Kindergarten Program at their French Immersion school. 


7. Q: If my child is admitted to the English Kindergarten Program at their French Immersion school for K1, are they guaranteed a place in the Program for K2? 

A: Although all K1 students in the Program will be given priority for K2 admission for the 2021-2022 school year, space availability for the Program will be reviewed annually; therefore, admission cannot be guaranteed.  


8. Q: Will bussing be provided for students attending English Kindergarten in French Immersion schools? 

A: Bussing will be provided to students who meet the eligibility criteria for transportation for elementary students in Thames Valley. More information can be found on the Transportation page of the Thames Valley District School Board’s website. To verify eligibility for transportation, please contact Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services at 519-649-1160.


 9. Q. If my child is currently enrolled in Year 2 Kindergarten in a French Immersion school, is it necessary to register for Grade 1 French Immersion? 

A: No. If your child is currently enrolled in Year 2 Kindergarten in the French Immersion Program, your child will automatically be registered for Grade 1 French Immersion for September 2021. 

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