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French Immersion

French Immersion is intended for non-French speaking students who would like to become functionally bilingual. The programs are based in the BC curriculum and the learning opportunities, activities, instruction, and resources parallel those of the English program. There is no selection criteria for registration in either the Early or Late French Immersion programs. Successful French Immersion grade 12 graduates receive a bilingual graduation certificate, as well as the provincial Dogwood certificate. 

For more information contact the principal at any one of our French Immersion schools: École des Deux Mondes, École Willow Point or École Phoenix Middle School. 

Early French Immersion 

The Early French Immersion program begins in either kindergarten or grade 1 and is a district program of choice offered at École des Deux Mondes and École Willow Point. Until the end of grade 3 all instruction is in French. From grades 4-7 instruction is approximately 80% in French and 20% in English. The number of courses in French begin to reduce over grades 8 to 12 and students complete more studies in English.  

When initially registering, parents can indicate which school they would like their child to attend 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. 

Parents interested in learning more about the district's early French Immersion program are welcome to attend an information session on Thursday, January 26 at 4:15 p.m. The meeting will be held at Robron Centre, in the conference room.

Registration for early French Immersion kindergarten opens the week of January 30 to February 3.

Late French Immersion 

The Campbell River School District has offered a highly successful Late French Immersion program since 1986. The Late French Immersion program accepts students as they enter grade 6 and is offered at École Phoenix Middle School, a dual track school. In the first year all instruction is in French. In grade 7 these students join the Early French Immersion students and from grades 7-9 half of their instruction is in French. 

This program is for students with no previous French Immersion experience and it follows the same curriculum as the Ministry of Education's English language program.

The Late French Immersion program accepts a maximum of 28 students each year, due to class size legislation. Siblings of existing French Immersion students have a priority for registration. After 28 registrations are received, remaining students are placed on a waitlist.  

Siblings of existing French Immersion students have priority for registration.

Current grade 5 parents and students interested in late French Immersion starting in September 2023 are invited to an information session on January 31 at 6 p.m. at the École Phoenix Middle School library learning commons to learn more. 

Registration for the Late French Immersion program will open on February 1 at 9 a.m. The registration form will be posted to this page on February 1 at 9 a.m. Interested families should complete the registration form and either drop it off at the school board office (425 Pinecrest Rd, Campbell River) or email it to

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