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    Question catholic school french immersion for non-catholics

    according to this, JK for french immersion does not exist: Parents

    is this correct? are the kids suppose to attend a regular school for JK?

    and if the school isnt full time kindergarten, does this mean it's half-day or every other day??? and does the bus take them home at noon if it is half-day?

    please enlighten me
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    FI doesn't offer JK you have the option of putting your child in another school for JK or keeping them out until SK.
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    Mine attended regular english public school and switched to FI for SK..they didn't have any issues with that.

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    I'm not sure if any FI schools offer JK, I know ours didn't. I just put our girls in our community school for JK and then switched, I know a few Moms who have just skipped JK and started FI in SK.

    Bussing and lunch options are up to the school, it will depend on which school you enroll your child in. Ours was half day every day for DD1 and is now all day every other day for DD2, but since it was a community school everyone walked so there were no busses.





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    We had DS1 go straight to SK for FI and with DS2 - he just finished JK in another school and will be joining his bro at the FI next year. No issues so far.

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    The Catholic Board offers JK in FI (not sure that's an option for you?).........but then you'd have to switch in SK if you preferred the public board any way....or keep LO there.

    Just incase you'd consider the Catholic Board FI - there are only 2 schools, so it would depend what area of London you live in (most go to St. John's, which is where DS just finished JK). They go every other day, all day........and the majority of the school is bussed in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Entreaquiyahi View Post
    The Catholic Board offers JK in FI (not sure that's an option for you?).........but then you'd have to switch in SK if you preferred the public board any way....or keep LO there.

    Just incase you'd consider the Catholic Board FI - there are only 2 schools, so it would depend what area of London you live in (most go to St. John's, which is where DS just finished JK). They go every other day, all day........and the majority of the school is bussed in.
    This. We had DS enrolled at St.John's for JK but he ended up passing the entrance test for French First Language so we are sending him there instead.



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    oh and if the school is 1/2 days there would be no bus at lunch. You'd be responsible for getting your child.
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    I put my youngest DS in the school closest to our house this past year for JK, as they don't offer FI in JK in the public schools in London. I am sending him to oldest DS's school in the fall for FI SK however & he will be bussed. My SIL who lives in Palmerston, ON was able to enroll all of her kids in FI starting in Jk (pub;ic system) so it does depend where in Ontario the kids are attending school as to whether or not that particular school board offers FI starting in JK. London is one city which currently doesn't.

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    thanks ladies. the closest french immersion school for us is the one in whiteoaks (st. anthony's). it sounds like they do offer jk.

    at first i was keen on sending ds to a catholic school (not catholic), but now we are considering it. thoughts???

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    also, does anyone know if st. anthony is half day or every other day?

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    at first i was keen on sending ds to a catholic school (not catholic), but now we are considering it. thoughts???
    They will have some criteria for enrollment. Is your DH catholic? Our local Catholic school here will enroll if one parent can PROVE they are a baptized catholic. I was told we would need a copy of the Baptismal Cert as proof at enrollment.
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    They will have some criteria for enrollment. Is your DH catholic? Our local Catholic school here will enroll if one parent can PROVE they are a baptized catholic. I was told we would need a copy of the Baptismal Cert as proof at enrollment
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    neither of us is catholic :S

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    I'm not sure but have heard before that if you are baptized any christian religion then you can go to the catholic school. My family is anglican and I was told that we would qualify because they are close in many regards (just without the pope) - also that I could qualify to teach for the board with a reference from my reverand if I took Religion Part 1 once accepted.
    Although this was word-of-mouth and not directly from the board.

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    Our local Catholic school here will enroll if one parent can PROVE they are a baptized catholic. I was told we would need a copy of the Baptismal Cert as proof at enrollment.
    This was directly from the school principal here. I think if you call, you could probably get clarification on there requirements. That way, at least you can rule it out or in as an option.
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