Statistics on French Education in B.C.

The Ministry of Education of British Columbia produces enrolment statistics that help British Columbians better understand the situation of education in the province. You will find the statistics regarding French Education below.

Quick facts (Updated as of March 2017)

  • There are four programs to learn French in the K-12 education system in B.C.: Core French, Intensive French, French Immersion, and the Francophone Program.
  • When students graduate from the French Immersion or Francophone program, they can get two graduation certificates: the Dogwood Certificate and le Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires en Colombie-Britannique. In 2015/16, about 2,200 students graduated with these two certificates.  
  • The French Immersion student population represents about 10% of the overall student population in B.C.
  • In B.C., students from Grades 5 to 8 are required to study a second language. About 79% of Grade 5 to 8 students in the province study Core French.
  • Over the last 10 years, the French Immersion student population has increased by about 30% and the Francophone student population has increased by about 50%.

Statistics

  • Number of students enrolled in Core French in 2015/2016
GRADE 2015/2016
5 - 8  123,418
  • Percentage of students enrolled in Core French versus all students in 2015/2016
GRADE 2015/2016
5 - 8 79.3%
  • B.C. French Immersion enrolment & number of schools offering French Immersion (FI) Programs 2015/16

 

Number of Districts with FI Students Number of Schools with FI Students Number of FI Students
B.C. Public Schools 47 275 52,545
BC Independent Schools N/A 7 546
  • Number of students enrolled in French immersion in 2016/17
  2016/17
B.C. Public Schools 53,206
B.C. Independent Schools 562
Province 53,768
  • Progression of student enrolment in French Immersion in the last 10 years
  2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 Student difference in the last 10 years
B.C. Public Schools 41,001 42,474 43,964 44,851 46,394 47,857 49,452 50,308 52,547 53,206 12,205
B.C. Independent Schools 439 513 488 476 464 452 440 552 543 562  
Province 41,440 42,987 44,452 45,327 46,858 48,309 48,892 50,860 53,091 53,768 12,328

 

  2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 Progression of students in the last 10 years
B.C. Public Schools   4% 4% 2% 3% 3% 3% 2% 4% 1% 29.76756664%
B.C. Independent Schools   17% -5% -2% -3% -3% -3% 25% -2% 3%  
Province   4% 3% 2% 3% 3% 3% 2% 4% 1% 29.74903475%
  • Number of students enrolled in Intensive French 
2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
568 568 736 506
  •  Number of students enrolled in the Francophone Program
2014/15 2015/16
5,462 5,533