French Immersion is a language program designed for non-French-speaking students who wish to attain a high level of proficiency in both official Canadian languages. Students are immersed in the French language within the classroom. French is used for meaningful communication and for instruction in the subject areas such as Math, Science, Social Studies, Planning and French Language Arts.
The Vernon School District offers an Early French Immersion Program, as well as a Late French Immersion Program. Early French Immersion is offered at Beairsto Elementary School from Grade 1 to Grades 7. Students begin the program in Kindergarten at either Alexis Park Elementary or Harwood Elementary schools. Students can also enter the program in Grade 1. All instruction is in French for the first three years (Kindergarten to Grade 2). Formal instruction in English begins in Grade 3 and represents 20% of instruction time through to Grade 7. The percentage of French instruction decreases gradually as students proceed through the secondary grades at W. L. Seaton Secondary.
The Late French Immersion Program is offered to students at Harwood Elementary to students who have successfully completed Grade 5. In Grade 8, Late French Immersion students continue the program through to Grade 12 with their Early French Immersion peers.
The goal of the Vernon District French Immersion Program is to produce well-educated, functionally bilingual students. Students in the program achieve a level of learning in all subject areas equivalent to that achieved by students in the English program. French Immersion students develop strong communications skills in both French and English. Students who continue successfully in the French Immersion Program through grade 12 receive a bilingual Dogwood diploma.
The French Immersion Program is available to all children in the Vernon School District. Knowledge of the French language is not a requirement to enroll in the program; children from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, and abilities are enrolled in the program. There are no specific catchment areas for the French Immersion Program.
Kindergarten French Immersion Registration
What is Late French Immersion?
Late Immersion entry begins in Grade 6 and is a two year
program. It is limited to 30 students per class and is based on a first come,
first served basis. Late
Immersion registration can be completed at Harwood Elementary School
beginning January 15, at 9:00 am. A parent information meeting will
be held on January 10 at 6:30 pm at Harwood Elementary.
note: Children may enter the Early Immersion Program at
either kindergarten or grade one, or the Late French Immersion Program at Grade
6. Parents and students do not need to be able to speak French.
Registration for kindergarten will take place from January 15 - February 15,
between the hours of 9:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Registration must be completed in person. Faxed registrations will not be
All new registrants will
need a Birth Certificate and Care Card/BC Services Card, and Immunization
Record (if available). For an immunization appt. call Interior Health at
250-549-5721. Proof of residency is required at time of registration.
Please provide a copy of one parent/guardian’s BC driver’s license, utility
bill or tax notice that clearly identifies the current address .
For the first few months, you’ll learn a LOT of French! Listening, talking, reading and writing will help you learn the language. Your bilingual teacher will teach all the subjects in French. The teacher will use a lot of expression and actions to help you understand.
At first you’ll speak to your new classmates in English, but before too long, you’ll feel comfortable using French to learn and have fun at school.
All the other subjects will be taught in French, except English Language Arts. You’ll study the regular Grade 7 curriculum and continue to improve your French.
Top 5 Reasons!
1. Experience the challenge of learning in a new language.
2. Develop a “bilingual brain”: Learn to understand and communicate well in both French and English.
3. Meet new friends from all over Vernon.
4. Learn about French cultures.
5. Earn a Bilingual Dogwood Certificate when you graduate from Grade 12.
Late French Immersion Registration