French Immersion

French ImmersionPlease click on links below for more information on the French Immersion programs for elementary and secondary students through the Vancouver School Board.

French Immersion Overview

Early French Immersion  

  • The most common point of entry is Kindergarten.  Students may enter in Grade 1 if space is available.
  • Registration for 2010/2011 will be accepted during office hours (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) between November 2nd, 2009 and January 29th, 2010
  • Registration forms are to be picked up and submitted to the French Immersion elementary school in the applicant's catchment area, beginning November 2. 
  • To locate your French Immersion catchment school, please refer to French Immersion School Boundaries in the Schools section. For best results search by postal code in the Schools section. Please note that Henry Hudson, Lord Selkirk and Strathcona are not included on the large French Immersion boundary map.
  • Late applicants, please refer to the 2010/11 FAQs above.

Please note:   

Information sessions for parents/students interested in early and/or late French Immersion will be held on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at all elementary French Immersion schools. 

Because the information at each site will be similar, parents are encouraged to attend the sessions at their French Immersion neighbourhood school. 

Note following two exceptions:

  1. Jules Quesnel and Queen Elizabeth Annex will hold a common information session at Queen Elizabeth Annex.            
  2. There will be no information session at Sir James Douglas (French Immersion program is Grade 4-7).

At the end of the registration period, if there are insufficient spaces to allow for the in-catchment students, a draw will be held for entry. The in-catchment draw will be supervised by the Principal, parent representatives from the school Parent Advisory Committee and/or the Canadian Parents for French (CPF) during the first week of February. 

Program Descriptions

Follow these links for descriptions of our French Immersion programs

2010/11 French Immersion Registration Process 


Monday, Nov 2, 2009


Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.


Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009

Information sessions held at 7:00 p.m. at all Elementary French Immersion sites including Late French Immersion

Fri. Jan  29, 2010

Registration closes at 3:00 p.m.


Week of Feb 1, 2010



If applicable, an in-catchment draw will be held for French Immersion Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 6 Late Immersion.

Friday, Feb 12, 2010

Families receive notification in writing of their status: an offer of a space in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 6 Late Immersion or the child’s position on the school waitlist.


Monday, Feb 22, 2010

Families have until 3:00 p.m. to confirm their acceptance of the space in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 6 Late Immersion.


Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010

Unclaimed spaces are offered to those on the school in-catchment waitlists.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

District draw held for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Late Immersion Grade 6 registrants who indicated on the registration form their willingness to consider an alternate French Immersion school. 


Friday, Sept 10, 2010

Grade 6 Late French Immersion waitlists are dissolved


Thursday, Sept 30, 2010

Grade 1 waitlists are dissolved.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kindergarten waitlists are dissolved.


  • 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.

    Priority is given in the following order:

    a) Siblings of catchment students who are currently enrolled AND who will continue in the French Immersion program at the same school the following year.  Siblings must be registered by the January 29th deadline or will be placed on the wait list.

    b) Catchment residents.  Priority is given to catchment area students over non catchment students.

    c) Non-Catchment area residents

    d) Non-Vancouver residents.

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

    Students who were born outside Canada, please refer to the School Registration information.

    Please note that K-12 French Immersion applicants currently enrolled in French Immersion in another district will only be offered a placement if space is available at the appropriate Grade level.

    Late French Immersion:   Students in Grade 5 may apply for admission to Grade 6 French Immersion. Registration procedures are the same as for the early French Immersion program. In addition, a copy of the most recent Grade 5 report cards 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.