YCDSB prepares to welcome over 55,000 students to school in September

New this year: High school French Immersion program in Markham

The York Catholic District School Board is preparing to welcome over 55,000 students to its 103 schools this September. Elementary school students will begin classes on Tuesday, September 5th and high school students will begin classes on Wednesday, September 6th. Students entering their first year of high school will attend a “Getting Ready for High School” orientation day on September 5th, which will provide students with a warm welcome and a chance to adjust to their new school before classes officially begin.

This year, York Catholic will introduce the French Immersion program in the secondary panel at St. Brother Andre CHS in Markham.

“Last June, our first cohort of students in our Elementary French Immersion Program graduated. We are delighted to now offer these students the opportunity to continue in our French Immersion Program throughout high school,” says Diane Murgaski, Superintendent of Curriculum and Assessment.

YCDSB offers French Immersion at 15 elementary schools throughout York Region. The Board will expand its Secondary School French Immersion Program in Aurora, Richmond Hill and Woodbridge beginning September 2018.

Also new this year will be the introduction of two new SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) programs in Woodbridge. Holy Cross CA will offer a Business SHSM, and St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS will offer a Health and Wellness SHSM. SHSM programs help students focus their learning during their last two years of high school on a particular sector that matches their interests. Enhanced industry-specific learning, and an additional certification upon graduation are trademarks to Ontario’s SHSM programs. York Catholic offers eight SHSM programs at 13 high schools throughout York Region.