Early French Immersion: K-7

French Language
Student Group:
K-7 Students

The Vancouver School Board's Early French Immersion program accepts 5 and 6 year olds at the beginning of their formal schooling.

The Vancouver School Board's 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 the 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

*Notice about 2018-19 kindergarten French Immersion 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.

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.*

For more information about kindergarten registration go to http://www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten

Early French Immersion Grade 1 entry

Early French Immersion Schools

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 Early French Immersion catchment school use the School Locator.

To locate your French Immersion 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)  (students go to Sir James Douglas for 4-7)
  • Sir James Douglas (gr 4-7)
  • Queen Elizabeth Annex (K-3) (students go Jules Quesnel for 4-7)
  • Quilchena (K-7)
  • Strathcona (K-7)
  • Trafalgar (K-7)

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.