These programs are intended for non-French speaking students who wish to develop a high level of proficiency in both French and English. The programs are based in the BC curriculum and the various learning opportunities, activities, instruction, and resources parallel those of a neighbourhood, English program.
Two of our annual highlights include our district Cabane à Sucre (Maple Sugar Shack Festival) and our Concours d’Art Oratoire (Speech Language Arts Contest).
The Early French Immersion program accepts 5 and 6-year-olds at the beginning of their formal schooling, as they enter kindergarten. École Robb Road and École Puntledge Park offer elementary programs, where instruction occurs in French from kindergarten to the end of grade 3. From grades 4-7, instruction is approximately 80% in French and 20% in English.
Graduates from these 2 schools continue on to Mark R. Isfeld school where students from grades 8-12 begin to reduce the amount of courses in French and complete more studies in English, as they progress through the grades. In addition to the provincial "Dogwood" certificate, successful graduates of the Early French Immersion program receive a Bilingual Graduation Certificate at the end of Grade 12.
Late French Immersion
The Late French Immersion program accepts students who have completed grade 5 at a neighbourhood, English school. As they enter grades 6 and 7 at École Puntledge Park, they study French, in an Immersion setting. These students join their Early Immersion counterparts in grade 8 to study an identical program, as all French Immersion students transition to Mark R. Isfeld Secondary. In addition to the provincial "Dogwood" certificate, successful graduates of the Late French Immersion program receive a Bilingual Graduation Certificate at the end of Grade 12.
SD71 French Language Coordinator- Cheryl.Adebar@sd71.bc.ca
École Puntledge Park – Stephane.Leblanc@sd71.bc.ca
École Robb Road – Kyle.Timms@sd71.bc.ca
École Mark R Isfeld Secondary – Sean.Lamoureux@sd71.bc.ca
Canadian Parents for French – research, information, activities website: https://bc-yk.cpf.ca