The Campbell River School District has offered a highly successful grade 6 late French Immersion program since 1986. This program of choice is available to all present grade 5 students interested in taking on the challenge and reward of learning in French. Late Immersion is offered at École Phoenix Middle School, a dual track school, with approximately one third of the student population enrolled in the French Immersion Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the late French Immersion program look like?
Late French Immersion begins in grade 6 with students who have no previous training in French. In the first year, 100 percent of all instruction in all subjects is in French. In grades 7 to 9 students receive half of their instruction in French and half in English, and late immersion students are integrated with the early French Immersion students. Students are encouraged to stay in the program through grade 12 in order to attain a high degree of bilingualism and to graduate with a bilingual Dogwood certificate.
Does a student have to have previous experience with French to register?
The program is open to all children entering grade 6 and there is no selection criteria for registration.
Is there a limit on the number of students who can register?
There is a maximum of 28 students due to class size legislation. After 28 registrations, students will be placed on a waitlist. Siblings of existing French Immersion students will have a priority for registration.
If my child doesn't like French Immersion can they move back to the English program?
Once your child has been accepted into the program there is an expectation that they will stay in the program for that entire school year as we cannot guarantee a space in the English program once the school year has started.
What if I have more questions about Late French Immersion?
Contact the principal of École Phoenix Middle School. They will be more than happy to answer any further questions you may have.
Information for Late French Immersion Registration
Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will open on February 4, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. following an online information session. Online registration forms will be posted on this webpage once registration opens.
The online live information session will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. At the meeting attendees will meet the École Phoenix Middle School leadership team and hear about the school and meet the late French Immersion teacher who will give an overview of the program. Attendees will be able to watch this event through either a web browser or the Microsoft Teams App, if it is downloaded.
Use this link to attend the meeting: http://bit.ly/SD72LateFI2021Meeting