A First French-Language school in Parry Sound

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Northeastern Ontario – Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario (CSPNE) is pleased to receive a positive response from the Ministry of Education to open a first French-language school in Parry Sound.

École élémentaire publique de la région de Parry Sound (Parry Sound and area Elementary Public School) has been awarded the Board School Identification Number (BSIN), which represents a significant step in the process of opening a new school that will serve families in Parry Sound and surrounding communities. The BSIN allows the CSPNE to plan the opening of this school for September 2019 and to accept enrollments now.

The following communities are included in the catchment area of this new school for Parry Sound and surroundings:

  • The Archipelago
  • Carling
  • Magnetawan
  • McKellar
  • McMurrich/Monteith
  • Parry Sound
  • Whitestone
  • McDougall
  • Seguin

"The Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est has been working in partnership with the Francophone and Francophile community of Parry Sound for almost two years now. Several steps have been taken and we have created an advisory committee made up of community members, parents and school board representatives. We are pleased to be able to actively contribute to the vitality of the Francophonie in this under-served region with respect to French-language education.”, says CSPNE's Director of Education, Simon Fecteau.

Who can register?

Access to French-Language public education is a right, but also a good choice for your child! You, as well as many other Ontario families, can exercise your right to a French-language education. This judicious choice will benefit your child throughout his life and will enrich the Francophonie of our province, our country and the world.

Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario is proud to have the mandate to provide quality French-language education to all those who practice it. The School Board and its schools are also committed to protecting, valuing and transmitting the language and culture of Ontario while ensuring that the right to French-language instruction is properly exercised.

Who has the right to attend a French-language school in Ontario?
To be eligible for a French-language education, the child must meet one of the following criteria:

• A child whose parent has French as their first language;
• A child whose parent has attended a French-language school;
• A child whose sibling has attended a French-language school.

Please note that if your child does not meet these criteria, you can proceed with an Admissions Committee as stipulated in the Ontario Education Act, subsections 289 (1) and 302 (1). An assessment will determine if your child understands, speaks, reads and writes French based on age and level of education. The child does not have to be French-speaking, but must nevertheless receive the support and encouragement of his family and the school team to learn the language and adopt the culture.

For more information on the right to French-language education in a minority setting, see paragraph 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

For all questions related to registration and admission to École élémentaire publique de la région de Parry Sound, parents and tutors may contact Joanne Héroux-Farrow at 705-472-3443 ext. 10279.



Source : 

Guylaine Scherer, Communications Officer

705.472.3443 ext. 25263

guylaine.scherer [a] cspne.ca 

In accordance with universal values, the CSPNE covers an area of 46,453 km2 and provides the communities of Timmins, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Hearst, Temiskaming Shores, Sturgeon Falls, and North Bay with quality French-language education. Close to 2,200 northeastern Ontario students have chosen French-language public schools.

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Source :
Guylaine Scherer, Communications Officer
guylaine.scherer [a] cspne.ca | 888-591-5656 ext. 25263