French immersion coming to Mackenzie



by Trustee Marjorie Adam

During the current labour actions affecting normal school operations, the Renfrew County District School Board is continuing to monitor and plan wherever possible, including moving ahead with the intention to make French Immersion available in every family of schools in the district.

Mackenzie Community School will be the next RCDSB school to start a French Immersion program serving the needs of students in the North Renfrew area.

Following a community consultation meeting last fall that confirmed strong demand, the board proposes that the existing Extended French program evolve into a Middle Immersion program to complement the existing English program, starting in September 2021.

Middle Immersion starts in Grade 4 and continues to Grade 8.

In the first year of the program at MCS, it may be possible to permit a multi-grade entry for Grades 3, 4 and 5, so that more students would have the opportunity to participate.

In line with Ministry of Education standards, class instruction would be 65% French/ 45% English in Grades 4, 5 and 6, followed by 50% French/ 50% English in Grades 7 and 8.

Reporting to the board at its January meeting, Superintendent Renald Cousineau said that a second consultation meeting for parents and others will happen at Mackenzie in spring this year to explain details and to seek response to the proposal or recommendations for implementation.

The date of this meeting will be announced soon, and a final recommendation will be taken to the board for approval after the meeting.

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