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A new French Catholic K-12 school in Kemptville

OTTAWA, December 16, 2015 – Starting in September 2016, junior kindergarten through grade 9 students will be able to attend French Catholic school in their own community at Kemptville College.  The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is thrilled to announce that it will be able to meet the requests of parents in this community, who asked government authorities to open a French Catholic school back in 2012.

The materialization of the project would have been impossible without the cooperation of the Municipality of North Grenville, which endorsed the CECCE’s vision of having a pavilion of École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys at the Kemptville College. Staff with the Municipality have been working with ARIO and Guelph University staff to make this exciting venture a reality.

David Gordon, Mayor of North Grenville said that “this is a great day for the future of Kemptville College.  Having a new French Catholic school in North Grenville, utilizing the amazing assets at Kemptville College fits perfectly with the vision we have for the future of Kemptville College. I want to personally thank the staff at ARIO and the University of Guelph for their support and cooperation in helping to make this venture happen. This is just the beginning of the announcements we hope to make in coming weeks and months.”

École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys is well-rooted in the Merrickville community, and has been for some 20 years. The region’s families count on the excellent French Catholic education offered by École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys to ensure their children’s success and well-being, and the new Kemptville pavilion will carry on this tradition of excellence.

“Kemptville parents asked us to open a secondary school in 2013, and we are pleased to have found a solution whereby their children can benefit from a French Catholic education in their own community at an enchanting site that will offer numerous educational possibilities when school starts again in the fall of 2016,” stated CECCE Chair, Johanne Lacombe.

During its first year of operations and starting next September, the Kemptville school will provide an educational program running from Junior Kindergarten to grade 9. Higher grades will be added in 2017, 2018 and 2019, enabling the school to accommodate all K-12 students.

The CECCE is also studying the possibility of adding an early childhood centre on-campus to enable the entire spectrum of French language education to be available in Kemptville.

“I want to congratulate the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est and the Municipality of North Grenville for reaching this agreement,” said Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark. “It’s an exciting announcement which is going to improve the access to French Catholic education for families in my riding.”

While some details remain to be finalized, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est has big plans for the École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite Bourgeoys’ Kemptville pavilion. As CECCE Director of Education Réjean Sirois put it, “This project is more than just a school. It is in fact a community project that will revitalize the Kemptville College campus and help ensure the vitality of an institution that is so very important to the local economy. The campus is the perfect place to establish Kemptville’s first French-language school. I am already dreaming about all the programs that could be set up here, as well as the partnership with Kemptville built around fighting climate change and developing agriculture. It will be a school that is open to the world and one that means to build a better future.”

For now, the École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys’s Kemptville pavilion will have the same  attendance boundaries as the original school, and parents are free to register their children at either Kemptville or Merrickville. Instructions for registering and all additional details will be available at

With 22, 000 students in 41 elementary and 11 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.



For further information:

Céline Bourbonnais
Interim director of communications and community relations
Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Media phone line: 613 746-3525
Cell: 613 296-3619


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