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Welcome, Bilingual Families

Your Child Will Be Warmly Welcomed by our Attentive Staff.

​Funded by the Government of Ontario, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est offers 56 top-performing schools across a region that includes the greater Ottawa area, as well as the cities of Kingston, Pembroke, Trenton, Merrickville, Kemptville, Carleton Place and Brockville.

Our schools have children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our Junior and Senior Kindergarten program begins at age 4. French-language daycare services for children from 18 months to 4 years old, and extended day programs up to Grade 6, are also available in our elementary schools.

Several of the CECCE’s schools also open their doors to the community, offering play groups in French for children from ages 0 to 6 years, accompanied by a parent, guardian or home-based child care caregiver.

As well, our schools are proud to offer Petis pas à trois, a FREE school-based French-language nursery school program for 3‑year‑old children.

Thanks to the quality of the education provided in the CECCE’s Catholic schools, our graduates are accepted into the college or university programs of their choice, in both French- and English-language institutions.

Overall, 96% of our students earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. They are also top-ranked on provincial testing (EQAO). 

Why Choose a French-Language Education?

By enrolling your child in a French-language school, you will be helping him or her become fluent in both of Canada’s official languages and work toward lasting bilingualism.

Why is this important? For one thing, studies show that unlike their unilingual peers, bilingual children have an easier time concentrating on relevant information and not getting distracted. In today’s society, with its dramatic increase in information flow, this is an undeniable benefit. Also, bilingualism may help reduce the severity of certain cognitive conditions associated with aging.

A French-language education also has a positive impact on the lives of young people even after they have received their secondary school diploma. There are more employment opportunities for bilingual graduates, and they may be able to gain faster, easier entry into the job market. As well, some university programs require bilingualism as an admission criterion.

By enrolling your child in a French-language school, you’re opening the door to a bright future!

What is The Difference Between French-Language Education and The French Immersion Program?

French-language Schools
French Immersion Program
 
 
WHAT IS IT?

French is taught as a first language in a French-language school where students learn and live in a Francophone environment.

 
 
WHAT IS IT?

A program offered by English-language schools that allows students to learn French as a second language.

 
 
 
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
  • Daycare services

  • Elementary school level

  • Secondary school level

  • Postsecondary education

  • Training programs

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
  • Elementary school level

  • Secondary school level

 
 
CHARACTERISTICS

Students learn English starting in elementary school and up to grade 12. The English course at the secondary level is taught with the same rigour as in English-language schools.

 
 
CHARACTERISTICS

Students learn French as a subject and French serves as the language of instruction in two or more other subjects.

 
OUTCOME

All students acquire the capacity to fluently communicate in both French AND English.

High-level builiguism for life

OUTCOME

The students acquire the capacity to communicate in French as a second language.

 

 
ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

1. Rights holders: students automatically admitted as per the criteria related to language and origins stated in Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.

2. Others: students invited to submit an application to the admission committee of the French-language school of their choice, in accordance with Ontario Education Act.

ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

Students who wish to receive an English-language education while learning French as a second language.

Click here to access the PDF file.

Source : www.elfontario.ca


French? Naturally! And English, of course!

At the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, teaching and school life take place entirely in French. Many activities are organized​ throughout the school year so that students can fully experience their culture.

English starts being taught in Grade 4 and continues until Grade 12. High school students take the same English classes as those offered in English-language schools. The quality of their bilingualism is undisputed.

The majority of students who attend our schools become fluent in English without sacrificing their French.

Catholicity: A foundation of the CECCE’s schools

In our schoolsthe school environment and activities are imbued with Christian valueslove, respect, joyhopepeace, justice and courage. Religious instruction is provided from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, and religion courses (including one mandatory course) are offered at the high-school level.

In partnership with families, the parish and the community, we devote class time to preparing for the religious sacraments of reconciliation, first communion (Grade 2) and confirmation (Grade 6-8).


Made-to-Measure Support

Your situation is unique, which is why the CECCE’s schools work together with support programs for parents and students to offer additional resources. Our school staff is equipped to support you, as well as your children, in learning and becoming fluent in French.

In light of the reality faced by bilingual families in our schools, our staff members have developed the ability to adapt appropriately to the needs of each and every student entrusted to our care. More importantly, our positive, welcoming school environments make it easy for students to adapt to their new school.

 

The CECCE Has Created a Team of Exogamy Support Parents to Support You!

​This team is delighted to be able to hold workshops for parents who are members of exogamous couples, where both French and another language are part of their day-to-day life in the home. The team’s mission is to support these parents in their efforts to support their children and help them reach their full potential.

The goals of these workshops are as follows:

1. To discuss the role of parents in an environment where French is a minority language.
2. To give parents in exogamous couples a forum for discussing challenges and solutions.
3. To respond to parents’ concerns and meet their needs in a context built around discussion and the transmission of key messages.
4. To encourage a sense of belonging to the francophone community.

The CECCE is committed to supporting families that have chosen French-language schooling.

 

ALF Program

Support for every student

The Actualisation linguistique en français (ALF) program was created in response to the linguistic and cultural diversity of the students who attend French-language schools in Ontario. This school clientele includes students from families where a language other than French is the primary language of communication in the home – students who often have a limited knowledge of French.

The ALF curriculum sets high, rigorous expectations for each grade, and outlines the skills to be evaluated in all of the province’s French-language schools for students who are learning French. Aimed primarily at teaching staff, but also at students and their parents, the curriculum is intended to facilitate planning of student instruction and learning.

CECCE teachers are trained to support students for whom English or another language is the primary language of communication in the home. The ALF program ensures that students develop the level of French language skills they need in order to succeed at school.

Learn more about ALF programs in the Ontario curriculum:

 

Courses in French as a Second Language

Éducation permanente, our school for adults, is pleased to offer courses in French as a second language in all CECCE schools. These courses are designed for parents of children who are enrolled in our school system.

The second languages program from Éducation permanente offers a range of courses in French as a second language. The details are as follows:

PART-TIME

Non-credit courses

  • Courses are offered at a cost of $35 to immigrants, refugees, permanent residents and naturalized Canadians who reside in Ontario and whose mother tongue is not English.
  • All other participants are welcome in these courses, at a cost of $175 + $35 for online access.

We offer 10 levels of French as a second language at 181 Donald St. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, as well as Saturday mornings. Participants attend class once a week for three hours, and complete the online hours at their own pace. Courses last 12 weeks, for a total of 36 hours in class and 36 hours online.

We also offer 4 levels at Collège catholique Franco-Ouest (411 Seyton Dr.).

All our non-credit courses in French as a second language and English as a second language meet the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) criteria. To learn more about what this means, please click on the following link: www.language.ca

Please consult the calendar for the start of the next session. We reserve the right to cancel a course if the number of participants is too low.

Credit courses

  • Courses are offered to all residents of Ontario for $35.

We offer 8 levels of French as a second language at 181 Donald St. on Monday evenings only. Participants attend class once a week for three hours, and complete the online hours at their own pace.  Courses last 10 weeks, for a total of 30 hours in class and 30 hours online.

Please consult the calendar to find out when the next session starts.

We reserve the right to cancel a course if the number of participants is too low.

Non-credit courses for parents of children attending CECCE schools​

We offer courses in French as a second language in various CECCE schools based on parental demand. Please contact us to learn the course schedule and the schools that offer this service.

FULL-TIME

Non-credit courses

  • Courses are offered at a cost of $35 to immigrants, refugees, permanent residents and naturalized Canadians who reside in Ontario and whose mother tongue is not English.
  • All other participants who wish to enroll in a non-credit course may do so at a cost of $200 + $35 for online access.

Admission Criteria

Who can register?

To enroll your child in one of our French-language Catholic schools, at least one of the two parents must meet our language and religious criteria. At the high school level, the CECCE also opens its doors to all religious denominations. In all cases, students must abide by the Catholic nature of their school and its programs.

Which school do I register for?

To find out which school is closest to your home, or to learn more about our admission criteria, programs, or services, you can contact the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est reception desk at:

1 888 230-5131

OR

accueil@ecolecatholique.ca

Welcome to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) would like to welcome Métis, Inuit and first nations families and communities to its schools.

The CECCE is committed to developing positive, lasting relationships with indigenous communities in an effort to promote a sense of pride, belonging and well-being among students in its schools who are Métis, Inuit, or members of a First Nation. The CECCE wants to help all its students become more familiar with indigenous cultures and perspectives, and to give its school staff the tools to include these types of knowledge in the classroom.


Voluntary, confidential self-identification

In order to help its staff meet the needs of all students appropriately, the CECCE invites parents, guardians, and students who are 18 years of age or older who identify as members of First Nations, Métis or Inuit to identify themselves voluntarily and confidentially upon initial registration or at any other time during the year.

To view our pamphlet on self-identification, click here (available in French only).


Why should I self-identify?

The Ministry of Education of Ontario and the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) will use this information confidentially for analysis purposes in order to better support the school boards in their interventions with all students. For example, the ministry is offering greater resources to school boards where there are higher numbers of self-identifying students.

Self‑identification also helps better familiarize the CECCE with the population of indigenous students attending its schools and tailor its interventions more carefully based on the number of self-identifying students at each school. Identifying your child helps the CECCE secure more resources and support from the Ministry of Education of Ontario in order to implement various initiatives.

Among other things, these resources and forms of support may be used to:

  • Acquire teaching resources (books, videos, games, posters, etc.) that reflect First Nations, Métis and Inuit values
  • Provide training to staff so as to better equip them to include indigenous perspectives in the classroom
  • Invite members of indigenous communities to share traditional knowledge with students and staff
  • Create safe, inclusive schools where indigenous students see themselves reflected and see that their culture is valued
  • Raise awareness among all students of the richness of indigenous cultural heritage

How do I self-identify?

For students already enrolled in the CECCE:

Parents or guardians of students (or students who are 18 years of age or older) may self-identify as belonging to First Nations, Métis or Inuit communities at any time by asking the school to add this information to the student’s record. To do so, simply fill out a short form (available only in French) available at the school or on the CECCE website.

For students who are new to the CECCE:

In this case, simply complete the section of the student registration form regarding self-identification of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. This form is available at the school or on the CECCE website.

Students are not required to have a federal government card attesting to “Registered Indian” status in order to self-identify; self-identification with your school board does not interfere in any way with the Indian Register.


Protection of Privacy

In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the data collected by the CECCE, the Ministry of Education and the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) will be treated only in aggregate and will respect the privacy of all students. The CECCE guarantees that no personal information on students will be disclosed.


Do you have questions or comments, or are you interested in getting involved in developing initiatives to promote First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures at the CECCE?

Please contact our reception desk:

613 744-2555  OR  1 888 230-5131

ACCUEIL@ECOLECATHOLIQUE.CA

Is Your Family Preparing to Move to the Ottawa Area?

THERE’S A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD AT ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS!

A broad choice of schools

Funded by the Government of Ontario, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est has 54 high performing schools across a region that includes the greater Ottawa area, as well as Kingston, Pembroke, Trenton, Merrickville, Kemptville, Carleton Place and Brockville.

Our schools have children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our Junior and Senior Kindergarten program begins at age 4. French-language daycare services for children from 18 months to 4 years old, and extended day programs up to Grade 6 are also available in our elementary schools. Thanks to the quality of the education provided in the CECCE’s Catholic schools, our graduates are accepted into the college or university programs of their choice, in both French- and English-language institutions.

Overall, 96% of our students earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. They are also top-ranked on provincial testing (EQAO).

Unparalleled support

Your situation is unique, and that’s why those of our schools with a high proportion of military families work together with Military Family Resource Centres to offer you additional resources. Among other things, your child can access psychological support, provided at all times by social workers and educators who are specially trained to meet their needs. It’s not uncommon for children to feel anxiety when one or both of their parents are deployed. This is a common situation in our schools in military communities. The school staff is equipped to support your child.

As well, at the high-school level, school staff makes a point of recommending that students take the mandatory courses they need to earn their diploma as soon as possible, in case the family is transferred. Given the high turnover rate of military families in our schools, our staff members have developed the ability to adapt quickly to the needs of each and every student entrusted to our care. More importantly, our positive, safe school environments, ensured by the Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program (available in French only), make it easy and quick for students to adapt to their new school.


French? Naturally! And English, of course!

At the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, teaching and school life take place entirely in French. Many activities are organized throughout the school year so that students can fully experience their culture.

English starts being taught in Grade 4 and continues until Grade 12. High school students take courses in English that are identical in every way to the classes given in English-language schools. The quality of their bilingualism is undisputed.

The majority of students who attend our schools become fluent in English without sacrificing their French.


Catholicity: A foundation of the CECCE’s schools

In our schools, the school environment and activities are imbued with Christian values: love, respect, joy, hope, peace, justice and courage. Religious instruction is provided from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, and religion courses (including one mandatory course) are offered at the high-school level.

In partnership with families, the parish and the community, we devote class time to preparing for the religious sacraments of reconciliation, first communion (Grade 2) and confirmation (Grade 6-8).


Admission criteria

To enroll your child in one of our French-language Catholic schools, at least one of the two parents must meet our language and religious criteria. At the high school level, the CECCE also opens its doors all religious denominations. In all cases, students must abide by the Catholic nature of their school and its programs.

To find out which school to enroll your child in, click here.

To learn more about the admission criteria, as well as our programs and services, please contact the CECCE’s reception desk directly at 18882305131.

Click here to download the PDF version of the information pamphlet (available in French only)
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