French Immersion

parsThe application system for Early French Immersion (JK entry) or Middle French Immersion (Grade 4 entry) opens every year in late fall in the TDSB.  Runnymede School has Early French Immersion (Junior Kindergarten Entry) only.

Applications received after the deadline are not guaranteed placement.

Please Note: While admission to the Early French Immersion (JK entry) or Middle French Immersion (Gr 4 entry) programs is guaranteed at the entry points to all eligible on-time applicants, admission to a specific school is NOT guaranteed. Applications to begin these programs is open to all students not already enrolled in a French program

Applications are accepted online only.  You will need your child’s OEN number to apply. If your child has an older sibling in a French Immersion you will be asked to provide their OEN as well. This information can be found on your child’s past report cards.

The Early French Immersion program at Runnymede will now start in a child’s JK year.

Runnymede is a dual-track school, which means that about 50% of students follow English programming and the other 50% follow the Early French Immersion program.

If you do NOT want your child to participate in Early French Immersion, you don’t have to do anything.  Your child will continue in the English stream throughout their Runnymede career.

If you ARE interested in Early French Immersion, you will need to apply online in November of your child’s Junior Kindergarten year (the year they turn 4).  Information will go home to parents at that time regarding the French language education options available to students in the TDSB.  This information package will include instructions on the application process, deadline information and expected timelines.  There will be a parent information session hosted by school Administration where staff will provide more info on the Early Immersion program and answer any questions that you may have.

Grade 3 English stream students wanting additional French instruction may apply to the Middle French Immersion program.

In previous years, students in the Runnymede catchment accepted into the Middle French Immersion program attended Swansea PS.  Though this school is still noted as the Junior Extended French school for the catchment, there is no guarantee that students will be sent to Swansea due to high enrollment at that school.

Applications for the Middle French Immersion program open in January of each year.

For more information on French Immersion programs, please visit the TDSB website.