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.
Students who have completed Grade 6 in an all-English regular program may enter a three-year Late Immersion program in Grade 7. Students are enrolled in separate Late Immersion classes for Grades 7 and 8 and are merged with Early Immersion students for Grade 9.