There's a growing demand in Toronto for French immersion programs, which is leaving the local school board scrambling to cope.

Alicia Thurston

Alicia Thurston is hoping that her daughter, Emily, will land a spot in French immersion. She's one of a growing number of Toronto parents pushing for their children to grow up bilingual and take part in French-language school programs. (CBC)

While the Toronto District School Board keeps adding new French immersion classes, hundreds who apply for spots are turned down each year because there still aren't enough available spaces.

Enrolment in the board's French program for the 2013-14 school year was 24,843, an increase of more than 20 per cent compared to the 20,463 enrolled just four years earlier.

The increase comes at a time when the total number of school-age children has declined in the past decade.

Click on the video player above to see a full report from the CBC's Mike Crawley.