Small French classes with 4-10 students,
Co-curricular Le Club de Français
French Montessori Materials in every Learning Community
AP French Language & Literature, Pre-AP French
Student-Planned Graduation Trip to France.
Canada is a bilingual country. Even though all students in Ontario take over 700 hours of French instruction, few graduate able to function fluently en français. At Odyssey Heights we're changing that...
At Odyssey Heights School for Girls students take a French assessment in their first week of school. Based on that assessment, (and IEPs if applicable) students are grouped into small seminar classes of 4 to 10 students with similar levels of French language ability. Students with gaps in their French knowledge, international ESL students, or those with IEPs who require additional support would be in smaller, more supportive French seminars. Those with a typical knowledge level from Ontario core French will be in an academic level seminar. Students from a francophone family or from an immersion program will be in a challenging seminar that could include littérature en français, would have their Ontario Secondary School French credit marked as Enriched, and may start AP French in grade 10 or 11.
French instruction is a combination of weekly French discussion seminars, writing workshops, and self-paced Rosetta Stone work. Students in the advanced seminar français have reading and French language media listening assignments in afternoon work periods. Students in the Junior School Learning Community have French Montessori activities included in their weekly work journals.
Our campus environment supports bilingualism with all signs in both French and English, French materials available in all Learning Communities, and all teachers working on their French fluency as part of the required professional development program. Depending on interest, Odyssey Heights School for Girls would love to add an immersion or partial immersion French program, and/or optional high school credit courses (i.e. History) taught en français.
After the required Ministry of Education's required grade 9 French course, Odyssey Heights students continue to work on their French skills by continuing with French credit courses and/or participating in the co-curricular Club de Français. Students have a reason to continue to work on their French fluency as the final OE3 trip at Odyssey Heights School for Girls is a student planned trip to France. For HPPDance girls graduating in grade 11 their trip to Iceland and Denmark continues on to France.