At the District scolaire francophone Sud, we believe parents are their child’s first educators. As such, working closely with your neighbourhood school to enable learning and growth in French, brings your child closer to success! Schools within the District scolaire francophone Sud welcome students of Charter rights-holders from across Canada. We are privileged to provide a diverse environment with a window open to the world by including students from many countries around the world.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who can attend a Francophone school in New Brunswick?
|Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms defines who is entitled to an education in French in Canada. To obtain the status of rights-holder under the Charter, a parent must be a Canadian citizen, have learned French as their first language and still have the capacity to understand it, or have attended a French language primary school in Canada; or have a child who has received or is receiving education in French in Canada. Therefore, Section 23 provides parents living in a minority setting with a constitutional guarantee of the right to their children’s language of instruction.
In addition, the New-Brunswick Education Act states that a child with sufficient French language skills may be admitted to a school in that language.
Also, if a child speaks neither French nor English, he or she may be enrolled in a French school.
We are right holders to French Education or our child was admitted to a French school based on his or her language competency. However, we would prefer to receive written communications in English. Is it possible?
All educational and administrative operations within the District scolaire francophone Sud are conducted in French. As such, written communications from the school district, and its schools, are drafted in French.
I thought we were in a bilingual province. Why can’t I receive written communications from the school in the language of my choice?
As per the Education Act, school districts in New Brunswick only have the obligation to communicate and provide services in the language they teach. At District scolaire francophone Sud, French is not only the language we promote. It is the language we speak and conduct all our business in. Moreover, we do not only teach French to your children, we also bring them to find their place in the Francophone community and actively contribute to it. Choosing to enroll your child in our system is a serious engagement and should come with the desire to be part of this community.
I get it for written communications, but is it possible to have discussions with staff in a language other than French?
French is the preferred language of communication between staff and parents. However, staff is allowed some flexibility in their interpersonal interactions with parents who do not speak French. It is important to provide a warm welcome and effective support to all students and parents who walk through the doors of the schools in our jurisdiction. We certainly wish to establish positive communication for all issues related to your child’s learning, well-being and safety. If a staff member is uncomfortable communicating in a language other than French, they can ask for help from a colleague to facilitate communication.
How can I best help my child prepare for French school?
By choosing a French and Acadian school, you are taking a concrete step in support of learning the French language. There are many ways to support and assist your child before he or she starts kindergarten. We encourage you to attend French activities organised in your area. Children learn better when their learning is valued by their parents. Children who are proud to speak French will be more successful in all school subjects.
We invite you to discuss with the staff at your child’s school which French language services are available in your area and the various ways to learn by getting involved with the French community close to you.
For more information, feel free to contact us at 506 856-3333 ext. 6.