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International and Indigenous Languages - FAQs

​Yes, for grade 8 reach ahead, and for grade 9 to 12 students. We will offer Spanish and Mandarin (Level B or Level C).

More information is available on the secondary student web page.

​​This program is only available for secondary students; however, we will offer a grade 8 reach ahead course for students interested in taking a grade 9 summer credit language course. We will offer Spanish and Mandarin (Level B or Level C).

More information is available on the secondary student web page.

Site calendars are available online, or at the International and Indigenous Languages Program site office during class hours.

​Yes. For example, your child can take Spanish on Tuesday night and also take Greek on Thursday night. You will need to pay a $20 consumable fee for each class taken.

​If a student wishes to take an additional class of the exact same language, applicable fees will be charged. The Ministry of Education only funds one language class, of the same language, per student.

No. Students do not have to speak the language to enroll in a language class. Please note that instructors will differentiate to meet your child's language learning needs. It is important to set realistic language learning expectations for your child as this program runs only once per week, and it is not an immersion program.

​When evening classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, the decision will be made by 2 p.m. on the day of the class. Information can also be found on:

If a notice that Continuing Education programs/classes are cancelled, so too are International and Indigenous Languages programs/classes.

​No. Classes do not run on days when the school is closed for a statutory holiday. Also, classes on the Friday and Saturday of a long weekend do not run.

​Yes. Classes run, as usual, on PA Days.

Elementary courses - international fee-paying visa students are required to pay a $20 non-refundable consumable fee and an additional fee of $225 (total $245) for each course taken. Cheques are payable to International and Indigenous Languages.

Secondary credit courses - international fee-paying visa students are required to pay a $20 non-refundable consumable fee and an additional fee of $500 (total $520) for a credit course taken. Cheques are payable to York Region District School Board.

Students are scheduled into age-appropriate classes (day school grade) regardless of level of fluency; teachers will differentiate instruction based on student needs.

For more information on how to register, please see information on elementary programs and secondary programs.

The first day of class for each elementary program starts on a different date, but all programs begin in September and end at a different date. For the specific date of the first day of class and times of each language class, please see the list of elementary programs and look under “Start Date.

The first day of class for each secondary program starts on a different date, but all programs begin in September and end in June. For the specific date of the first day of class and times of each language class, please see the list of secondary programs and look under “Submit Registration First Class." 

Site calendars are also available online. Students will not be contacted regarding the first day of classes; the date and time of the first class are available on our program flyer and on our webpage.

Please check elementary program page for more information.

​The classes are held in York Region District School Board schools and buildings. See the list of elementary programs and secondary programs to find the location, the date and time of each class, as well as a list of languages offered.

​Registration information can be found on the elementary programs and the secondary programs pages.

​Students will not be contacted regarding the first day of classes; the date and time of the first class is available on our program flyer and on our webpage.

Site calendars are also available online.