French at St. Mary's High School

Learning French at St. Mary’s High School is about more than just taking courses.  We are a close-knit community thriving at the heart of the greater St. Mary’s family, offering support for both students and their families, providing engaging learning opportunities, and ultimately allowing students to gain a true appreciation for Canada’s official language: le français.



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DELF LogoBy the end of Grade 12, students in our French programs may be eligible to take the DELF French proficiency exam.

What is the DELF?


The Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française (DELF) is an internationally recognized test of French proficiency. It is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which defines language proficiency along six global levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. At each level, proficiency is measured across four competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The French Ministry of National Education awards successful candidates a diploma that is valid for life.

Why take the DELF?

According to the University of Ottawa Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, “French is an official language in almost 50 countries, including Canada. It is spoken by more than 200 million people on five continents. It is also an official language of the United Nations, the Red Cross, and many other international organizations” such as Doctors without Borders, and the Olympics.

What Does the DELF Offer?
1. International recognition of French proficiency:
    • Life-long certification, whether obtained in the candidate's country or another country.
    • Based on the same international standard used in 164 countries (CEFR).
    • Facilitates interprovincial dialogue across Canada.


2. A testimonial to one's success in learning French:
    • Recognition of the candidate's accomplishments to date on the path to French proficiency.
    • Represents an official document, recognized internationally, that enriches the candidate's school or professional portfolio.


3. Advantages for postsecondary education:
    • Recognized internationally by francophone postsecondary institutions, including a growing number in Canada.
    • Acceptance into a university in France (B2 or higher level).


4. Enhances one's resume:
    • A description in meaningful terms what the candidate is capable of doing in French.
    • An aid for professional advancement.
    • Helps to open doors to a wide range of career and recreational opportunities throughout Canada and around the world.


Le 25 septembre, 2021: Journée du Drapeau Franco-Ontarien
The Extended French, Junior French Immersion, and grade 9 Core French students attended the flag raising ceremony of our French-Ontario flag on the morning of September 27 in recognition of the Journée du Drapeau Franco-Ontarien.