Early French Immersion begins in kindergarten and is a district program of choice offered at two elementary schools: École des Deux Mondes and École Willow Point. Parents can indicate which school they would like their child to attend when registering, but enrollment is dependent on the availability of space and other staffing considerations. Siblings already in attendance and residential addresses are considered when making school assignments.
The program is open to all children and there is no selection criteria for registration.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I help my child if I don't speak French?
French Immersion teachers know that many parents don't understand the language. You can help make your child's language-learning experience positive and lasting by being supportive and enthusiastic. Most skills learned in the first language are transferred to the second language (or third). Read to your child in English, encourage English writing, and introduce English language word games. Provide opportunities to use French outside of the classroom: borrow or buy books, find educational websites, watch second language TV, and expose your child to second language cultural and community events.
How does French Immersion differ from the regular program?
French Immersion uses the French language for instruction and classroom communication. The time and intensity of learning this way means that students acquire the language much more than when the language is learned as one subject among other classes. An immersive approach allows students to learn language similar to how they learned their first language.
Will immersion negatively effect my child's English skills?
Students can add a second language at no cost to their English skills because languages are interdependent: skills developed in the second language are used with the first language and vice versa. English language arts are introduced in grade 4 and family and community also reinforce first language skills. French Immersion students match English program students' performance by grade 4 or 5.
Do children of diverse ability succeed in French Immersion?
Yes, learners of diverse abilities and needs do as well in French Immersion as they might in English programs, and they gain the additional benefit of learning another language.
How will I know if my child is struggling?
Our program is based on the principle that students learn in different ways and at different rates. We aim to do our best to meet students' various learning needs and work with children to support them in their academic and social-emotional development regardless of their starting place. Teachers use many different strategies to support children who may be struggling and throughout the process will communicate with and involve parents to seek their input.
What if I want to take my child out of French Immersion?
Please contact the principal as there is an exit protocol that must be followed. It is important to understand that a transfer to the English program may not resolve challenges. Many difficulties that students experience are not specifically related to the French language and we have many resources to support students.
What if I have more questions about French Immersion?
Parents are welcome to contact École des Deux Mondes or École Willow Point to talk to the principal. They are more than happy to answer any further questions or concerns you may have.
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Information for Kindergarten Registration
Is your child turning 5 in 2021? Kindergarten registration begins on February 1, 2021 and continues until the end of the week of February 5.