We invite parents and their children to discover the many programs and services provided in our 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.
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.
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:
- All children of a parent whose first language learned and still understood is French;
- All children of a parent who received his or her primary school instruction in Canada in French;
- 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
Please note that registrations at CSPGNO elementary and secondary schools are accepted at all times.
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.