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With deep gratitude and respect, we are honoured to be learning and unlearning on the ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation).

École Lord Tennyson Elementary is a single-track French Immersion school on the West side of Vancouver with approximately 400 students in kindergarten to Grade 7. Our families apply to the program in either Kindergarten or Grade 1 (up until the end of September for Grade 1). Students receive 100% of their instruction in the French language from kindergarten to Grade 3 and up to 80% of the instruction in French from Grades 4-7. While the majority of the students are from the Kitsilano/Fairview and False Creek neighbourhoods, we have students from a variety of areas in Vancouver. Most of the students choose to continue in the French Immersion program at either Kitsilano Secondary or Churchill Secondary, depending on their secondary school catchment area. We are part of the Kitsilano Family of Schools.

Our passionate and skilled staff are dedicated in their goal of assisting and guiding students to achieve their best through immersion in the French language. Tennyson is part of the VSB Early Literacy Initiative, and we have the French Reading Recovery Program (EPLE) and the accompanying CLIP program to support early learners in the primary grades. Several primary classes are exploring a play-based approach to early learning, and there is a commitment to deepening our understanding of the current curriculum to foster and facilitate an inquiry-based approach to learning across the school.

Students at the upper intermediate level are engaged in leadership activities such as peer tutoring and book buddies with our early primary level students. We offer a variety of team extracurricular activities such as volleyball, basketball, cross-country and track and field. There are staff-led noon hour and/or after school activities such as choir, SOGIE Club, Diversity and Inclusion Club, and Environmental Club. Activities will vary across the years depending on student and staff interests. Our parent community are involved in the school with an active and supportive PAC. They organize and host several traditional events in the school which continue to build community involvement such as the “Hallowe’en Howl” and “Spring Fling.”

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