French Immersion is the delivery of the regular BC school curriculum in the French language. It enables students to become functionally bilingual.
In School District 72, we offer both early and late French Immersion programs.
In early French Immersion, students enter the program in either Kindergarten or Grade 1, ideally in Kindergarten, and continue their French studies through to Grade 12.
From Kindergarten to Grade 3, all subjects are taught in French. In Grade 4, students receive one hour of English language arts per day. This pattern of 80 per cent French, 20 per cent English continues in Grades 5 and 6. In Grades 7 to 9, four to six courses in French and Grade 12, one course in French.
In late French Immersion, students enter the program in Grade 6. Late French Immersion covers all the same curriculum as the English program, however all subjects are taught in French. In Grade 7, late French Immersion students join early French Immersion students in the same class.
For more information on French Immersion, contact the principal at any one of our French Immersion schools: École des Deux Mondes Elementary, École Willow Point Elementary or École Phoenix Middle School.