Soon, it will add a new program to its curriculum — Grade 12 will be available at the school beginning in 2023.
“Several years ago I put it into motion and I was going to announce it in August of this year, but after the announcement of Bill 96, I decided to move it up,” said the head of the school, Joan Salette.
Recently adopted Bill 96 will require students to take extra French courses in CEGEP in order to graduate.
Salette says that like many others, some students and parents at Kuper were nervous about the bill and how it would affect them. But she says with this news, many are breathing a sigh of relief.
“I started getting messages back saying, ‘Thank you, I can sleep tonight, I’m not looking to move to Ontario anymore,'” said Salette. “Just so many messages of support.”
The Grade 12 program will last one year and will lead to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, which permits students to then apply directly to a university.
Three concentrations will be available — science, commerce and social sciences — with courses mainly given in person.
Grade 10 students currently studying at Kuper will be eligible for the program, and many of them say they’ll be first in line to apply.
“Everyone is super excited about this new program,” said Grade 10 student Evan Cecere. “They are really concerned about the restrictions placed by Bill 96.”
The school plans on accepting applications for Grade 12 in August.
Around the same time, it will hold an information session for parents and students to learn more details about the program.