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Special Program Opportunities
In addition to the Core and Beginner French courses, Thornlea's International Languages Department offers a French Immersion Program (which launched in the fall of 2011) and an Advanced Placement course for Gr. 12 French students. 

Thornlea Secondary School is proud to offer French Immersion.
As one of Canada’s two official languages, the study of French is an important part of the secondary school curriculum. The French Immersion program will prepare our students for life in a wide variety of ways, and is a wonderful opportunity for these students who have been in French Immersion since grade 1.


The aim of the program is to develop and refine students’ ability to communicate in French as well as to expand their knowledge of the language through the study of francophone literature. By the end of the four-year program, students will participate easily in conversations and discussions; will be able to take courses at the college or university level in which French is the language of instruction; and will be able to accept employment in which French is the working language.


Students who earn 10 or more credits in the French Immersion Program (including 4 French credits) are eligible to receive a French Immersion Certificate. Certificates are presented at the Graduation Ceremonies.

Courses currently available to Gr. 9 FI students include: 

Francais - Immersion - Academic
Geography of Canada- Academic
Exploring Family Studies
Healthy & Active Living

Courses currently available to Gr. 10 FI students include:

Francais - Immersion - Academic
Canadian History in the 20th Century - Academic
Civics (0.5 credit)
Career Studies (0.5 credit)
Healthy Active Living Education

Courses currently available to Gr. 11 FI students include:

Francais - Immersion - Academic
Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology

Courses for Gr. 12 FI students will include:

Francais - Immersion - Academic
The elective course will be determined in the 2014/2015 school year​

The Moderns Department is proud to offer AP French to Grade 12 students.  This course offers enriched curriculum that prepares students for both the assessments at Thornlea and the AP exams administered by the U.S. College Board. Students, who receive a level 4 or 5 in the Advanced Placement examinations in May, may be eligible to receive credit or advanced placement at university. AP courses are designed to provide students with background and knowledge equivalent to a first-year university course. They allow students the opportunity for enriched, intensive study in one or more subjects of interest and strength. AP courses are recognized by many Canadian and International universities as advanced standing for first-year study in specific courses. For further information about AP courses go to:


AP courses make substantial academic demands on students.  However, the AP experience offers numerous benefits including helping students develop the intellectual skills and self-discipline needed for success in unversity.

All of our students have the opportunity to participate in a three month or one month exchange through the ISE (International Student Exchange) Program.  There are esdxchanges to France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Spain.  More information can be found the the ISE website at

The Moderns Department hosts a variety of field trips throughout the school year in order to provide out students with authentic language opportunities. Our field trips change as new and exciting language opportunities arise.  Some examples of past field trips include: visits to restaurants, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Gallery of Art, the Plaza Flamingo, the Lula Lounge salsa dance club, a French movie, and in-school concerts.

Are you looking for a summer program to learn French in Canada?  "Explore" offers a five-week bursary program where the cost of tuition, meals, and accommodation is covered.  For more informaiton visit

Would you like to participate in a YMCA summer French exchange program in Canada which employs you for the duration of your exchange?  Check out
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