Your French Public School Board

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It is never to late too register your child in a French-language public school

Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario (CSPGNO) invites parents and their children to discover the many programs and services provided in its network of French public schools.  Anyone who wishes to register a child in a French school is always welcome to meet staff members, talk with students and parents and tour our many schools.

A leader in new educational approaches, CSPGNO offers programs that fulfill the changing needs of students from year to year. Recognized for its human approach and inclusive values, CSPGNO is in a league of its own offering innovative and creative teaching that promotes open-minded thinking.

Through its commitment to excellence, CSPGNO provides its students with leading edge educational programs that far exceed the expectations of traditional education. Its vision of contemporary learning and its methods of curriculum delivery allow students to experience exceptional and memorable learning opportunities. The CSPGNO’s International Baccalaureate, school of trades, intermediate schools, resiliency program, before and after school programs, in-school child care centres, AVAN program (bring your own digital device), 4th Dimension program, as well as its dynamic cultural activities such as Radio-Chaud, its theatre group Les Draveurs and its pop-rock band Groupe 17, are just some of the reasons why the CSPGNO is the number one choice for students from kindergarten to grade 12.

For further information, contact the CSPGNO school nearest you or call 705 671-1533.

Recent News

Eva Olsson
September 22 2017, Communiqué de presse
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September 05 2017, Communiqué de presse
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Alain Noël, Principal of É. s. de la Rivière-des-Français
August 31 2017, Communiqué de presse
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Your French Public School Board

Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario (CSPGNO) has 11 public elementary schools and 8 public secondary schools which are located in communities such as the City of Greater Sudbury, Noëlville, Markstay, Elliot Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, Dubreuilville, Marathon, Longlac and Manitouwadge.

CSPGNO students are at the very heart of every decision made by the Board. The dynamic learning environment is designed to help each student reach his or her full potential. The rigorous programs and specialized services have been developed to offer each student the education that he or she needs to develop academically, physically, emotionally, culturally and socially.

CSPGNO offers French public education from full-day junior (4 years old) and senior (5 years old) kindergarten to grade 12. Our school board strives to create a completely French-speaking milieu in its schools where the wealth and cultural diversity of the French-language heritage is valued.

Upon graduation, students can expect to be highly proficient in French and become an integrated part of the Francophone culture and community. They will also be highly proficient in English and will be able to pursue postsecondary studies and work in either official language.

"We believe in CSPGNO schools because there are many opportunities for our children to become bilingual. French schools provide a very good learning environment." 
— Murray Watson, father

Who can register?

Children of French-language rights holders can attend a French public school. This right is granted under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is recognized in the Ontario Education Act.

According to Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the following people can attend a French-language school:

  1. All children of a parent whose first language learned and still understood is French;
  2. All children of a parent who received his or her primary school instruction in Canada in French;
  3. All children whose sibling has received or is receiving primary or secondary school instruction in Canada in French.

In order to be admitted to an elementary school, the pupil must:

  • Have reached the age of 4 years by December 31 of the current school year to be registered in junior kindergarten
  • Have reached the age of 5 years by December 31 of the current school year to be registered in senior kindergarten
  • Have reached the age of 6 years by December 31 of the current school year to be registered in Grade 1

For further information, contact the CSPGNO school nearest you or call 705 671-1533.

"Thanks to the dedication the teachers have put into my son who has ADHD and he is now getting 3+ marks. Thank you CSPGNO."
— Joanna Flynn, mother

All students are welcome!

CSPGNO prides itself in its accessibility and strives to reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity that makes up its community.  Therefore, those who are not French-language right-holders can request that their child attend a French-language school.

All interested parents or guardians must submit a request to the school principal and ask for an admissions committee meeting, as stipulated in subsections 289 (1) and 302 (1) of the Ontario Education Act. The committee will assess the child’s skills in French to determine if he/she understands, speaks, reads and writes in French at his/her age and grade level. The child will also be assessed in his mother tongue. This is to evaluate the child’s linguistic comfort level with languages rather than academic knowledge.

Daycare & “Before & After School” Programs

A French-language environment from early childhood greatly contributes to the acquisition of the language.

Quality French-language daycares as well as a “Before & After School” Program (Place des jeunes) are offered in CSPGNO elementary schools across the City of Greater Sudbury.

For more information about our “Before & After School” Program (Place des jeunes), please contact CSPGNO at 705-671-1533

For more information about daycare services, please contact le Carrefour francophone at 705-675-6493 at ext. 201.

Please note that registrations at CSPGNO elementary and secondary schools are accepted at all times.

"They accepted our anglicized family allowing us to expand our children's horizons and reclaim our cultural heritage."
— Joanna Flynn, mother

Our Mission

Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario, together with its communities, provides a French-language education of the utmost quality in order to develop each student’s skills and values enabling him or her to reach his or her full potential and to find his or her place as an active and productive citizen of the world.

Our Vision

To be the school board of choice recognized for:

  • its program excellence and student services
  • the love for children and young kids
  • our hospitality for families and community members
  • the superior quality of its French-language education
  • quality and appreciation of the French language
  • creativity, innovation and openness

Our Values and Motivations

  • Respect and appreciation
  • Commitment
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Language and culture
  • Innovation
  • Integrity

Our Priorities

  • Classroom teaching and learning
  • Francophone environment and community development
  • Parents and family commitment
  • Institutional growth
  • Governance practices

CSPGNO Transportation Providers

Greater Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin
705-521-1234
East of Thunder Bay
877-853-3833
Algoma District
705-945-5642