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Attending a Viamonde school
Are you thinking about a Viamonde school for your child?
By choosing a Viamonde school for your child, you are creating opportunities for your child for achievement and success beyond graduation: a diploma that is recognized everywhere, fluency in both official languages, and a Francophone culture that is open to the world and to diversity.
In this section, find out who can register to attend our schools, what the admission criteria are, and how and when to register your child. Of course, you can always stop by one of our open houses if you want to learn more about how we can provide your child with the best educational experience!
Who can attend a Viamonde school?
Under Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms where numbers warrant, Francophone communities are entitled to provide their children with an elementary and secondary education in French. This is why French-language schools exist where there is a sizeable minority Francophone community, such as within the jurisdiction of the Viamonde school board.
Under Section 23, Canadian citizens have the right to have their children educated in French in a French-language school, provided they meet one of the following criteria:
- Their first language learned and still understood is French;
- They received their primary school instruction in Canada in French;
- At least one of their other children has received or is receiving primary or secondary school instruction in French in Canada.
If you don’t meet at least one of these three criteria, you may apply to an admissions committee that will determine the relevance of admitting your child to a French-language school. This committee will base its determination of a procedure and specific criteriaIn order to attend a Viamonde school, the primary residence of your child must be within the jurisdiction of the Viamonde school board. The address of this residence determines the choice of school, based on school attendance areas.
What if I want to register my child for a Viamonde school, but I am not entitled to do so under Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
You may take the following steps, which lead to a pre-admission meeting and a review of your application for admission by an admissions committee.
- Not sure which Viamonde school corresponds to your place of residence? Click here If necessary, go to the School Attendance Area page.
- Print and complete an Application for Admission Bring this form to the pre-admission meeting.
- Make an appointment with the school principal for a pre-admission meeting and bring the completed form to this meeting.
The Pre-admission Meeting
The child or adult that you wish to register at a Viamonde school (the candidate) must attend the pre-admission meeting, at which the school principal will present Viamonde’s educational values and mission. After that, the principal will ask questions about:
- The candidate’s experience with a French-language educational program and motivation to study in French;
- The parents’ mastery of the French language;
- Support, in the home, for the candidate’s integration into a French-language school environment.
Depending of the candidate’s level of education, he or she must sit an oral and written French language test. If the test results are deemed adequate and if you have demonstrated that you can provide support in the home, the principal will convene an admissions committee.
Under the Ontario Education Act, an admissions committee is made up of the principal of the school, one teacher from the school, and a French-language supervisory officer.
During a meeting with you, the admissions committee will review Viamonde’s educational vision, the candidate’s French-language test results, and any other information that will help it to make a decision. You will be informed of the committee’s decision by a letter that you will receive some time after the meeting.
When should I register my child?
You may register your child at any time, by going to the Viamonde school in your school attendance area. You may plan enrolment for the new school year in September as early as the previous spring. Our schools hold Open Houses in February and March.
Pre-registration during the summer. In order to serve you at all times, Viamonde takes registrations over the summer, even when Viamonde schools are closed. There are two ways to register your child:
- Download the pre-registration application form, complete it, and email it to email@example.com; OR
- Call 1-877-342-3683
To find out how to register your child, click here.
Age at admission
In order to be admitted to elementary school, your child must be the following age before December 31 of the current school year :
- Age 4 for registration in Junior Kindergarten
- Age 5 for registration in Senior Kindergarten
- Age 6 for Grade 1
To be admitted to high school, your child must have successfully completed elementary school.
School Attendance Area
What this means, how to find your attendance area, and how to register your child to attend a school in another attendance area
Each Viamonde school has its own attendance area and gives priority to students who live within this area, providing them with free school transportation (page in French).
Do you want to find the school that serves your residential address?
Click here or call toll-free 1-877-342-3683
Do you want your child to attend a school in another attendance area?
Apply to this school. Permission may be granted:
- If you move during the school year and your child wants to complete the school year at the school in the attendance area you are leaving;
- If your child experienced challenges at the school in your attendance area, for health reasons, for a particular program offered at the out-of-area school, etc.
If your child receives permission to attend an out-of-area school, please note that:
- Permission to do so must be renewed each year
- You will be responsible for your child’s transportation, unless you apply for and obtain a courtesy seat on the school bus serving the out-of-area school. Your request for a courtesy seat must be sent to the out-of-area school, which will forward it to the school bus consortium concerned. The policy on assigning courtesy seats can be found on each consortium’s web site: Francobus, WESTS, STWDSTS.