French Immersion is proving so popular in Ontario, some school boards are considering capping the enrolment to stop the bleed from the English language public school stream.
Many now consider French Immersion to be a pseudo private system within the greater public system.
Nearly half of Halton students (21,000) are in French Immersion. Peel has capped the number of students allowed in French schools at 25%.
What many parents won’t admit to is that French Immersion schools feature classes with few, if any at-risk or special-needs students, as mentioned HERE by the Toronto Star report.
Controversy was sparked in Ottawa recently when the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board proposed messing with the amount of English and French instruction in their elementary French Immersion programs. Both levels of kindergarten would see a split of 50/50 in English-French curriculum. The amount of English would be increased in Grade 1 to 3.
Why did you enroll your children in French Immersion? Was it so that they could be fluent in a second language? Or did language take a backseat to the superior level of education offered compared to the English stream? Is French Immersion basically a “private system” in Ontario?