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  1. It contains a description of Toronto's French immersion high school program and how many in-French classes must be taken for the certificat. Here is the sum-up (if you don't have time to read the page): "Students who successfully complete the sequence of 4 French courses in French Immersion and a minimum of 6 courses in other subjects where French is the language of instruction, for a total of 10 credits, are eligible for a Certificate of Bilingual Studies in French Immersion from the TDSB. " I don't know if you are still working on the idea of a bilingual cover school, but if you are, this might be of interest, if you haven't already seen it. I found it when I was trying to figure out how many credits to assign for Liam's summer French class and immersion experience. Nan
  2. could you share your experience in this thread (page 2) on the Bilingual Board? I am wondering what level students reach by the end of the program if they have been doing it for 12 years? I was looking at the courses for a program in Ontario (link on the other thread) and saw that they were only doing AP French in 12th grade. That didn't seem so advanced after all those years of French...I'm thinking other immersion programs must be more advanced.... Thanks! Joan
  3. There was bad news here in Switzerland the other day... http://www.tdg.ch/actu/suisse/ecole-obligatoire-enseigner-webcam-courriel-illegal-2011-11-21 In the Swiss supreme court, they decided that homeschooling using internet courses during the obligatory schooling years is illegal according to the constitution....presuming here that they mean "full-time"...it was for a case in Zurich but could have larger implications since it is based on the federal constitution.. Before I had wanted to base an umbrella school in the US....Now I'm thinking that Europeans need something here...probably by country...that would be a resource for home ed in a classical way... Just planting seeds here as this would take a lot of organization....and I don't see that many classical ed'ers here in CH or other parts...but maybe they'll are more than I realize and maybe there will be more in the future... Then there could be the two ways of getting into a European university (provided they allowed entry with US credentials)...the US way and the country specific way... So even just to begin to get an idea of how this could work...if we could post here the country guidelines (don't know if they have this type of things in other countries here, but just in case)...to start to get a feel for how realistic this is... Put the country in the title of the post... Joan
  4. Well, I keep thinking of you. My son is doing math and science at the cc this fall (in English) and I still think there isn't enough conversational French or teaching in French happening at home to call us a bilingual school, but it just so happens that all his reading and writing for his at-home classes is in French LOL. Nan
  5. There's a new school that will be opening here whose goal is to give a fully trilingual education to students who are educated there for 12 years (from K1 to grade 10). I'm mentioning it here because I thought you might be interested in their "plan" of how to do it... They're starting with French speakers...In the beginning, for German and English, the priority will be given to gym, drawing, and "autres branches à tonalité récréative". (I can't quite figure out how to translate that last). But by the end of their education, each subject will have been taught in each of the three languages at least 3 times, according to an annual rotation system. (this was in the newspaper article) They say that will permit the transfer of specialized vocabulary from one language to another. Evidently there aren't many trilingual schools in existence to see if this can really work. And this will take 12 years to see if it works.... Ecole St. Exupery... Joan
  6. I've just been wracking my brain about umbrella schools - still. As my son still needs a diploma besides his AP's. While thinking about the high school thread about "need hard data", I was thinking about how as homeschoolers we graduate so few from our own family schools, that each of our homes have no "reputation". And our reputation becomes the big pot of "homeschoolers" which translates into the ones the person has met or read about. And if the person has read only very negative articles, they come with all this negative baggage towards homeschooling. And then some of these umbrella schools have such low standards that I would hate to have a university examine how low they are, because then it would be assumed that we are having those low standards too. But the ones with higher standards tend to be so costly and sometimes their standards are narrow and difficult to meet. Then I was also thinking about my ds studying biology in French next year and how I would then have to translate anything to put on the application for an umbrella school (Cleo's problem too). Then the other day I found my own high school diploma and saw how it was signed by the principle and I think vice principle with a picture of a big school in the background. Awhile back, BlueHen posted about how she had her own embosser and gave the link where she got it. It is easy to get diplomas made with the school name. Earlier I'd thought that if we went back to the US, I would name our homeschool (ETD - so not on record).... But then I'd still have the problem of the principle having the same last name as the student. I was thinking about my own relatives who are homeschooling but none of them are aiming for bilingualism really. All these things started mixing together and I started thinking about Nan's son studying history in French and Cleo's children studying in more than one language and jld and Moira in MA and IGWNorth and others up and coming...thinking maybe we could have a little "bilingual" umbrella school somehow? To graduate with the bilingual diploma, the student would have to have passed either the SAT II or the AP in at least one foreign language. Ideally they would be studying one or more subjects in a foreign language (other than the language class itself) each year. And we could make the standards reflect ours - which I know are mixed but maybe we could agree on some common grounds. Besides an agreement about graduation requirements, all we would need would be a little website and an official address. I'm thinking it should be in the US as rules for starting your own anything are much easier there than here. The other thing we need is some assurance that we would be able to be in touch over the years as I know that sometimes an official transcript has to be sent even for applications to Masters programs here. Any other brainstormers interested? The idea makes me smile anyway, Joan
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