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Notre Drame High School French Programs

French as a Second Language and Extended French

In both of our  French programs, students will communicate and interact with growing confidence in French, one of Canada’s official languages, while developing the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they need to participate fully as citizens in Canada and in the world.

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"To have another language is to possess a second soul."

– Charlemagne

Learning another
language helps students:

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

  • develop their understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures

  • increase their competitiveness in an increasingly global job market

  • enhance their first-language and overall literacy skills (French as a Second Language, Ontario Ministry of Education)

Extended French

The Extended French Program is offered to those students who have completed the Extended French program from Grade 5-8. Throughout their high school years, students will earn 7 OSSD credits in French. 

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Our Extended French program consists of the following courses:

• Grade 9: Français / Religion

• Grade 10 : Français / Religion

• Grade 11 : Français / Religion

• Grade 12 : Français 


Students successfully completing all courses offered in the Extended French Program will receive an Extended French Certificate with Specialization in their graduating year. 

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"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."

‒ Nelson Mandela

French as a Second Language

We offer the following Core French courses:

  • Grade 9 Core French (Academic or Applied) 

  • Grade 10 Core French (Academic) 

  • Grade 11 Core French (University) 

  • Grade 12 Core French (University/AP) 

Students successfully completing all four French courses from Grade 9 to Grade 12 will receive a Core French Certificate in their graduating year.

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