Extended French

Extended French is an optional program offered in some of KPR schools.  The program starts in grade 5 and continues until grade 12.  

At the elementary level, the program includes the study of French as a second language and the study of at least one other subject taught in French.  The subjects are selected from the arts, social studies (Grades 1 to 6) or history and geography (Grades 7 and 8), mathematics, science and technology, and health and physical education.  In Grades 5 and 6, French is the language of instruction for 50% of the time and for 40% of the time in Grades 7 and 8. 

At the secondary school level, students in Extended French take four (4) French credit courses plus three (3) additional credits taught in French.

Students who complete the seven (7) secondary courses including the four (4) French courses receive a Kawartha Pine Ridge Extended French Certificate.  Students who leave the Extended French Program prior to full completion of the seven (7) courses receive an “Attestation des cours” indicating the titles of the courses they have completed.

The schools that offer the Extended French program at the elementary level are:

  • Hillcrest P.S., Campbellford (Grades 5-8)
  • Murray Centennial P.S., Trenton (Grades 5-8)
  • Brighton P.S., Brighton (Grades 5-8)
  • Dr. M.S. Hawkins Senior P.S., Port Hope (Grades 7-8)

The schools that offer the Extended French program at the secondary level are:

  • Campbellford District H.S., Campbellford
  • East Northumberland S.S., Brighton
  • Port Hope H.S., Port Hope 


Children enjoy language from a young age. They enjoy hearing stories and music and can repeat much of what they hear. French Immersion and Extended French programs offer your child the chance to become fluent in both of Canada’s official languages.


What are the benefits of French Immersion and Extended French?

French Immersion and Extended French programs offer children positive learning experiences with life-long benefits. By studying a second language, students:

• acquire both of Canada’s official languages

• learn to speak another language that is used worldwide, and acquire skills that could be useful in learning even more languages later in life

• strengthen their first-language skills

• enhance their reasoning, problem-solving and creative-thinking skills

• develop the capacity to understand and respect other cultures

• develop skills for educational and career advancement.


How are French Immersion and Extended French taught?

French Immersion

• French Immersion begins in Senior Kindergarten.

• In Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1, children are taught 100 per cent in French.

• Beginning in Grade 2, English is taught for varying time periods throughout the grades.

• In Grades 7 and 8, the program is taught 50 per cent in each official language.


Extended French

• Extended French begins in Grade 5, after one year of Core French instruction.

• Children are able to express an interest in learning French on their own.

• Students spend 50% to 40% of their day receiving instruction in French and at least one other subject between Grades 5-8.


How can I help my child succeed in French?

• Explain how language learning works. Help your child understand learning is gradual. Be supportive of the program and give your child a chance to adjust to it.

• Read to your child in English. Listen to your child read simple French books and stories, as language skills developed at home are transferable to school.

• Provide encouragement and positive support, e.g., praise your child’s learning in French.

• Maintain good school-home communication, by meeting with teachers to discuss your child’s progress.


The Extended French program is an exciting way to become proficient in French as a second language.


For more information, please contact the school in your area or the Board Office at 1-877-741-4577 ext. 2389.