French Language Programs
Elementary Core French: is a basic second language program intended to enable students to communicate purposefully in French and develop openness to cultural diversity. The program is available in elementary schools at the Grade 5-7 level offering, on average, 90 minutes of instruction per week.
Early French Immersion: K-7
The Vancouver School Board's Early French Immersion program accepts 5 and 6 year olds at the beginning of their formal schooling.
Late French Immersion: Gr 6-7
The Vancouver School Board late French Immersion program accepts 10 and 11 year olds who have successfully completed Grade 5. In Grade 6, 100% of the BC curriculum is taught in French (emphasis is on oral French).
English Language Arts are re-introduced in Grade 7, while other subjects continue to be taught in French.
The students in the program receive about 80% of their instruction in French during the first half of the year and 20% during the second half; the rest of the curriculum (except for Mathematics) is “compressed” into the second half of the year.
French Immersion - Grade 8-12
The secondary component of the French Immersion program provides students with the opportunity to continue their studies and the development of higher level thinking and verbal skills in their second language. Successful graduates of the full program at the end of Grade 12 receive a Bilingual Graduation Certificate in addition to the provincial "Dogwood" certificate.