French immersion at Mackenzie?

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by Trustee Marjorie Adam

Could French Immersion come to Mackenzie Community School? This possibility will be discussed at a public consultation at the school from 6-8 pm on Thursday, June 13.

Anyone may attend, but parents/guardians of pre-school and elementary-aged children are especially invited.

Senior board staff will present potential programs, invite discussion and answer questions.

The purpose of the June 13 meeting is to explore the demand for French Immersion in the area served by Mackenzie Community School.

This consultation is part of the Renfrew County District School Board’s five-year expansion plan to ensure that all students, regardless of where they live in the county, will have equity of access to French programming.

The aim is to provide French Immersion classes in at least one elementary school in each family of schools.

Starting in September 2019, either early or middle French Immersion will be available in all families of schools except in the two smallest families, Deep River and Madawaska, where demand and logistics may be more challenging.

A K-12 Core French program is currently offered in every RCDSB school, and some schools offer immersion or extended French programs.

The new plan will introduce program consistency and opportunity for all.

More information on the changes coming to French programming in Renfrew County is available on the board website at <rcdsb.on.ca>.