Am I eligible to send my children to a Francophone school?
The right to a first-language French education is defined by Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Under the Charter, a child is eligible to attend a French-language school if the parent (right-holder) is a Canadian citizen and meets one or all of the following criteria:
- The first language learned and still understood is French;
- He or she was educated, at the elementary level, in French in Canada (this excludes French immersion programs offered at English-language schools);
- He or she is the parent of a child who has received or who is receiving his or her education at the elementary or secondary level in French in Canada (this excludes French immersion programs offered at English-language schools).
Landed immigrants' children may be eligible to attend French first-language education. They must submit a request for admission as do parents with a Francophone heritage. A committee will evaluate the request. See below.
What if I don't meet the criteria listed above?
Any parent who does not meet the criteria of a right-holder can request permission for admission for their child to a Fransaskois school.
To do this, interested parents or guardians must complete both admission forms (child and parent) relevant to their situation (lost heritage, immigrant or anglophone).
A committee will evaluate the request while taking into consideration the child’s language skills and the capacity of the family to support the child in his or her Francophone education. The request for admission will be considered by the Conseil scolaire fransaskois upon recommendation by your local school’s Conseil d’école.
For more information on admission to a Francophone school, contact your local Fransaskois school.