The Early French Immersion program aims to develop functional bilingualism in students whose dominant language is not French. Students acquire their second language skills by undertaking an intensive study of the language, as well as by receiving instruction in French in other subjects. The curriculum parallels that of the English language program and children are expected to develop the same level of competence in academic, social and physical skills as their counterparts in the English program.
Early French Immersion is a district program of choice offered at École des Deux Mondes and École Willow Point and open to all children of the appropriate age. While parents will be able to indicate a preference of which school they would like their child to attend, enrollment is dependent on the availability of space and other staffing considerations. There is no selection criteria and no special fees for registration.
For more information on the Early French Immersion program, contact Louise Guevremont, principal of École Willow Point Elementary at (250) 923.4311, Nancy Hwang, principal of École des Deux Mondes Elementary at (250) 286.0511 or Nevenka Fair, Assistant Superintendent at (250) 830.2325.