The goal of French Immersion is to develop students who confidently and competently communicate in English and French. This is accomplished by teaching most of the curriculum in French. In the elementary French Immersion program, at least 50 percent of all instruction is provided en français.


Transportation is available to students participating in a French Immersion program in their Family of Schools.

Transportation is provided and managed by Niagara Student Transportation Services.


Online Registration - Elementary

French Immersion is available at five Catholic elementary schools from kindergarten through Grade 8. Online registration for families new to the program typically takes place from mid-January to early February. French Immersion is very competitive. Please create an Ensembli account before registration opens to ensure you are ready when registration begins.

Each registration receives a time-stamp. Applications will not be accepted after registration closes. Students are registered for French Immersion according to the date and time of their registration until all spaces are filled. All other applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

Families will be notified by the school if their child has been accepted or added to the waitlist.


St. John Catholic Elementary School - Grimsby

Alexander Kuska Catholic Elementary School - Welland

Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School - Niagara Falls

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School - Niagara Falls

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School - St. Catharines

Online Registration - Secondary

Niagara Catholic offers French Immersion to secondary school students at the following schools:

Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School - Grimsby


Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School - St. Catharines


Notre Dame College School - Welland


Saint Paul Catholic High School - Niagara Falls


Registration for secondary school French Immersion is available on an ongoing basis. Students participating in the elementary French Immersion program may choose whether to continue with FI in secondary. Students who participate in French Immersion in secondary school will take 10 courses in French throughout their four years at high school. All other courses are in English. Secondary schools guidance departments will work with Grade 8 students as they prepare to transition to high school. If you have questions about the secondary French Immersion program, please contact the secondary school your child will attend.

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