In an unprecedented move Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) will be merging two Beaconsfield elementary schools with different language programs, Sherwood Forest (SF), a bilingual school with low enrolment and St. Paul’s (SP), an Early Immersion school with strong enrolment. Parents of both schools have been signing an online petition at change.org since Tuesday evening in an effort to express their concerns about changing language programs to Français Plus, which is a more intense french program. At press time there were 122 signatures.
The schools will be merged forming a junior school from grades Kindergarten (K) through Grade 2 to use the St. Paul building, and grades 3 through 6 to use the Sherwood Forest building, due to the major budget cuts to LBPSB to the tune of 13.5-million in funding last year.
LBPSB offers three programs of study at the elementary level, Bilingual where instruction takes place 52% in French and 48% English for K through 6 as in the case of Sherwood Forest, Early Immersion where instruction takes place 85% French and 15% English for K-2; then 50/50 for grades 3 through 6 as is the case at St. Paul’s and Français Plus where 85% of the instruction is in French and 15% English for K through 4; then roughly 50/50 for Grades 5 and 6.
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