Curriculum: The Ontario curriculum outlines what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in a subject. It is used mainly by teachers and educators but is available to everyone.

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Learning in Ontario Schools

Ontario’s publicly funded schools support high-quality learning in English and French while giving individual students the opportunity to:

  • learn (and show their learning) in ways best suited to their individual strengths and needs
  • choose programs that suit their skills and interests.

Whether in English or French, the Ontario curriculum is designed to help all students reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond through a program that is clear, relevant, and age appropriate.

French in English-Language Schools

As one of Canada's two official languages, French is taught in Ontario's English-language schools. There are three French as a second language programs for students in English-language school boards:

  • core French
  • extended French
  • French immersion. 

French-Language Schools

In French-language schools, all of the curriculum is taught in French, except for English-language courses starting in Grade 4. However, French-language education in Ontario is much more than “the curriculum in French”. French-language school boards in Ontario have a mandate to protect, enhance and transmit the French language and culture among young people, and to nurture and strengthen the francophone community.

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