English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL) is for students who “first” learned to speak, read and/or write a language that is not English. 

Students may have recently immigrated to Canada or may have been born in Canada and live in a home where English in not the primary language.

ESL helps students learn English and to better understand Canadian cultural values and customs. It helps them better participate in school learning experiences. ESL is offered in all our schools from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Families are required to attend an appointment at the school's ESL Reception Centre.

For more information, please view our ESL brochures in English, Spanish or Tagalog.

What school should I attend for ESL?

Families are encouraged to attend the Catholic school close to their home. Attending your neighbourhood school will help you and your family connect with other families. That is why we offer ESL to students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 in all of our schools. 

ESL students are in a class with students of similar age because research tells us that ESL students are more successful when they learn with their friends and kids their own age.

How do I register my child?

Our schools are publicly funded and welcome children of all faith who desire a Catholic education.

Register your child at your neighbourhood Catholic school. This will help you make connections in your community. For a list of our schools, please visit www.rdcrs.ca/schools/our-schools or check out our school catchment area map.

Bring your birth certificate, report cards and all your current legal documentation from Immigration Canada. If you are Catholic bring your Baptismal certificate. 

YOUR APPOINTMENT

At the time of registration, the school will make an appointment for you with the ESL Reception Centre. The appointment will be about 1 to 2 hours long. If required, the ESL Reception Centre will arrange, at no cost, for an interpreter to attend your appointment. 

Please note that if you are registered at St. Patrick's Community School or École Secondaire Notre Dame High School that your parent interview and student language assessment will take place at the school. 

It is very important that you attend your appointment. Your child’s English abilities (oral, written and reading) will be assessed. Family information will also be collected to help develop proper support for your child. This information will be shared with the school you are registered at.

WHERE IS THE ESL CENTRE?

For schools in Red Deer, the ESL Reception Centre is in St. Gabriel Learning Centre located at #103, 4706 - 48 Ave in downtown Red Deer. For children attending a school in Innisfail, Olds, Rocky Mountain House and Sylvan Lake, the ESL Reception Centre is located in the school.

St. Gabriel Learning Centre
ESL Reception Centre
#103, 4706 - 48 Ave
Red Deer, AB    T4N 6J4
Phone:  403-314-9382

Please note that if you are registered at St. Patrick's Community School or École Secondaire Notre Dame High School that your parent interview and student language assessment will take place at the school. 

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