Comment 78747

By lawrence (registered) - website | Posted June 21, 2012 at 09:25:28 in reply to Comment 78743

Another issue all grouped into this as well is French Immersion. I sent a letter of concern regarding the switch from SK to grade one because I was amazed at how well my 5 year old was catching on to french. I wasn't sure what to expect and now the problem is that my youngest is just about to enter JK and Cunningham and Glenn Echo (maybe all of them), are no longer taking out of catchment english children.

This means to avoid two separate schools quite a distance apart (Glenn Echo would be their new catchment French Immersion but it's a long way still from where the girls primary address will be), both will now attend English only school. My oldest will never be in french immersion again I assume because two years off and trying to pick up in grade three when my youngest would be able to start in grade 1, is too far gone.

I wonder why French Immersion is not offered in all schools? What is really involved/required to make this happen? Obviously it must be expensive seeing as though they have cancelled SK Immersion.

I also wonder why they have never brought the French Immersion programs to a lower city east end school? Glendale for instance? Why do all lower city kids have to travel across town to Westdale?

I think these French Immersion changes were done too fast. One of my suggestions to the Trustees when they were proposing moving from SK to grade one for FI, was to figure an average age between the eldest siblings in SK Immersion and their younger siblings, to enable their brothers and sisters the ability to attend the same schools in English for JK.

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