Programs & Services - Programs of Choice - French Immersion
Canada has many languages, but two have official language status, English and French. The French Immersion Program is designed to teach French to non-French speaking children. In French Immersion, students are immersed in the French language while following the BC Provincial Curriculum: Building Student Success. New Westminster offers both Early and Late French Immersion.
Early French Immersion
Early French Immersion begins in Kindergarten (Grade 1 if space is available) and continues on through to grade 12. All instruction is in French for the first four years. Formal instruction begins in English in grade 4. The percentage of French instruction decreases gradually as students progress through the secondary grades. Early French Immersion is offered at Herbert Spencer Elementary, École Qayqayt Elementary, and École Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary. Catchment boundaries are in effect for this program (see map.) View these resources:
Late French Immersion
Late French Immersion is offered at École Glenbrook Middle School starting in grade 6. These students also carry on in French to the end of Grade 12. Similar to the Early Immersion Program, students study almost entirely in French in grade 6 and move on to gradually include English studies. View these resources:
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Applications for Programs of Choice will no longer be accepted at the School Board Office reception. Applications for Programs of Choice will be available online January 16, 2017 (9am) – February 10, 2017 (4 pm) for students starting Kindergarten or grade one in September 2017 for Early French Immersion and for students entering grade 6 in September 2017 for Late French Immersion. If you submitted an application prior to June 30, 2015 you will receive an email, in the year you applied for, confirming your application has already been received. A separate application form is required for each child.
Please email us when applying for entry in grades other than K, 1, and 6.
For more information please contact: Prab Samra at 604-517-6333 or by email.