The Calgary Catholic School District believes in the importance of providing students with expanded opportunities to learn a second language.
We believe that language learning is an important part of a student’s education. Learning a second language greatly contributes to a student’s educational experiences, personal growth and development of higher level thinking skills.
French Immersion is a form of bilingual education. The Early French Immersion program enables students to develop functional fluency in French while ensuring they receive the advantages of an all-English program. Students are taught the curriculum mandated by Alberta Education using French as the medium for instruction. Students also have opportunities to participate in cultural events and extracurricular activities that enhance their understanding of the French language.
Students typically enter the Early French Immersion program at the kindergarten or Grade 1 level. This is because your child's progress in each grade will depend, in part, on the French language skills he or she has acquired in previous grades. No background in French is necessary to enter the program.
Being a language based program of choice, supporting basic literacy at home is very important for student success. Reading in English on a daily basis will instill a love of literacy. This is completely transferable to French.