Early French Immersion: K-7
The Vancouver School Board early French Immersion program accepts 5 and 6 year olds at the beginning of their formal schooling.
Early and Late French immersion are programs intended for non-French speaking students who wish to develop a high level of proficiency in both official languages. Students enrolled in French immersion study the same BC curriculum as students in the English-language program. The major distinction between the English-language program and French Immersion is that the language of instruction and communication in the immersion component is French. The BC curriculum is instructed in French from Kindergarten to the end of Grade 3.
French Immersion is a program that can offer your child a fun, effective and challenging way to learn French at an early age, the opportunity to learn the same curriculum as the regular English program, in French; an opportunity to participate in rich French cultural learning experiences; a bilingual future. Generally the BC curriculum is instructed in French from Kindergarten to end of Grade 3. From Grades 4-7, 50-80% of the BC curriculum is taught in French. In Secondary School, from Grades 8-10, 50% of the BC curriculum is taught in French, in Grade 11, 25% of the curriculum is taught in French, and in Grade 12, at least 12.5% of the curriculum is taught in French.
Early French Immersion Application - Kindergarten
Please register at your English catchment school for Kindergarten then apply for the program online starting January 10 and ending January 31.
The Vancouver School Board has revised the Kindergarten application and registration procedures. The VSB website has complete information at http://www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten
The application process for the Kindergarten French Immersion Program will be online beginning January 10. To apply, you will need your child’s Personal Education Number (PEN) which you will receive in early January IF you have registered for kindergarten at your English catchment school. A random computer draw will determine the successful applicants. Applicants will be notified as to placement in early February.
Following is the list of Vancouver schools offering the early French Immersion program. Please note that some schools are annexes and only offer the French Immersion K-3 program.
To locate your French Immersion Catchment Schools, please go to Schools
Early French Immersion Schools
- Hastings (K-7)
- Henry Hudson (K-7)
- Jules Quesnel (K-7) French Immersion ONLY
- Kerrisdale (K-7)
- Laura Secord (K-7) Early French Immersion K-7 and Late French Immersion 6-7
- L'École Bilingue (K-7, French Immersion ONLY)
- Lord Selkirk (K-7)
- Lord Tennyson (K-7) French Immersion ONLY
- Douglas Annex (K-3) (Pupils go to Sir James Douglas for 4-7)
- Sir James Douglas (gr 4-7)
- Queen Elizabeth Annex (K-3) (Pupils go Jules Quesnel for 4-7)
- Quilchena (K-7)
- Strathcona (K-5)
- Trafalgar (K-7)
Please click on links below for more information on the French Immersion programs for elementary and secondary students through the Vancouver School Board.
- Detailed Early French Immersion registration information and dates are available here.
- Do you have a question about the VSB's French Immersion program? Read through our FAQ
Additional information for parents considering French Immersion
Although research has demonstrated that French Immersion is an educational model with universal application, many parents have questions which they need to have answered before enrolling their children into the program.
Q. What can I do to help my child if I don't speak French?
A. The majority of French Immersion parents don't speak French. But you can still do a lot to support your child in French Immersion! Here's how:
- Concentrate on enriching your child's first language. Read aloud to your child every day in the dominant language of your home. This will develop your child's knowledge and vocabulary, as well as instilling an all important love of language and literature. By fostering a love of books and by motivating your child to seek out books independently, you will lay the ground work for life-long learning in French, English or any other language! It is critical that your child's mother tongue be as rich as possible; you have the ability to develop it at home.
- Demonstrate an ongoing interest, participation, and commitment to your child's education.
- Contact the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French (CPF) for ideas on how to seek out ways of reinforcing your child's learning of French outside of school at 604-524-0134 or visit www.cpf.bc.ca
Q. Will my child's English skills suffer, if s/he doesn't receive any formal English instruction before Grade 4?
A. Research shows that sometime between Grades 4 and 6, Early French Immersion students from English-speaking homes catch up to (and sometimes surpass) the level of English skills of their regular program counterparts. French Immersion students who have English as a second language may or may not need somewhat longer to attain English skills at grade level.
Q What if my child already speaks two languages?
A. At least one of these languages must be properly developed for his/her age, in order to provide a solid base from which to learn a third language (French). For many learners, learning a second language facilitates the learning of a third.
Q. What if my child has difficulty in his/her mother tongue?
A. Research clearly indicates that a well-developed mother tongue is essential to learning a second language. The more fluent a child is in his/her own language, the easier it is to learn another. Simple articulation difficulties however, rarely impair a child's ability to learn another language. If in doubt, consult the principal or Speech and Language specialist at the French Immersion school you are considering.
French Immersion Overview
Early French Immersion
- The most common point of entry is Kindergarten. Students may enter in Grade 1 up to Sept. 30th if space is available.
- The application process for French Immersion is online beginning January 10and ending January 31. You will need to register for kindergarten at you neighbourhood English catchment school in order to receive your child’s Personal Education Number (PEN). This will be sent to you and is required for the application process. Please refer to http://www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten for additional information.
- Late applicants, please refer to the FAQs above.
At the end of the registration period, if there are insufficient spaces to allow for the in-catchment student applicants, a randomized draw will be held for entry.
Follow these links for descriptions of our French Immersion programs