French Immersion Registration Process

Schedule for Kindergarten Entry

First school day of November

Kindergarten Registration opens. French Immersion Kindergarten applicants are to first register at their neighbourhood English school by end of January (even if they do not intend to attend there) and register on line for French Immersion in January.

Completed registrations must be accompanied by verification of the student's original birth certificate, immunization records, parents' immigration/citizenship documentation and proof of catchment area residency.  Children who turn 5 years old by December 31 of the year of entry are eligible to enter Kindergarten. 

Grade 1 Early French Immersion and Grade 6 Late French Immersion  Application form can be found here.

January

K-Choice Online Program Application opens mid January. 

Notice about 2018-19 French Immersion kindergarten application
For those families interested in applying for a French Immersion kindergarten placement for 2018-2019 school year only, please be advised that the District has removed Priority Registration Zones (French Immersion catchments).  This means that parents can choose to apply to any of the 13 VSB elementary schools offering French Immersion (maximum 3 choices per student). Applications are made online.

Information sessions held at all French Immersion sites including Late French Immersion. Check our Schedule.

Early February

On-line application for French Immersion Kindergarten closes.

If there are more applicants than spaces available, a District draw for Kindergarten Choice Programs will be held. 

Mid Feburary onwards

Families receive notification via email of their status (an offer of a space in Kindergarten or Grade 6 Late Immersion)  or the child’s position on the school waitlist.

Families have until 3:00 p.m. of the specified date to confirm their acceptance of the space in French Immersion Kindergarten.

Unclaimed spaces are offered to those on the school French Immersion waitlists. French Immersion schools will inform English catchment schools of accepted French Immersion students and that these students will forfeit their spot at any other school.

End of June

Any remaining Kindergarten waitlists are dissolved and familes apply for grade one if interested.

Grade 1 French Immersion Application

Students who did not attend French Immersion Kindergarten and are are new to French Immersion may enter Frech Immersion at Grade One. Students are to apply directly at their French Immersion school. Application forms: Application Form

Please note: Students who were previously on a waitlist for Kindergarten and are still interested in French Immersion must re-apply for grade one.

Late French Immersion Application

Students in Grade 5 may apply for admission to Grade 6 French Immersion. Students are to apply directly at their in-catchment Late French Immersion School (General Gordon or Laura Secord). Application forms are available Application Form . In addition, a copy of the most recent Grade 5 report card and a statement of commitment from the student must be attached.  Please note that due to the nature and pace of the program, students will not be admitted to the Late French Immersion program after the second week of instruction. 

Placements

All French Immersion program placements are based on availability of space and facilities.

For programs where there are fewer spaces than the number of applicants the district will conduct a draw.

Program placements will be offered according to the following priorities

1. Siblings of a student continuing in the program who resides in the catchment (Vancouver).

2. Students who reside within the priority registration zone.

3. Students who reside within the catchment (Vancouver) and outside the priority registration zone.

4. Students who live outside the catchment (Vancouver).

Transportation

Transportation to the French Immersion school of choice is the parents' responsibility.

Students born outside of Canada

Please refer to the District Reception and Placement Centre page. 

Students currently enrolled in French Immersion

K-12 French Immersion students currently enrolled in French Immersion in another District who wish to enrol in a Vancouver school will only be offered a placement if space is available at the appropriate grade level.

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