Growth Spurt: Early French Immersion Program Expansion


French Immersion, District-level initiative, Kootenay-Boundary Region, 2016-2017


Our Early French Immersion (EFI) Program expanded to include Grade 1 this year, and will grow again with an EFI Grade 2 class added for the 2017/18 school year. In 2015/16 our EFI Program began with a kindergarten class. Both classes are full and with wait lists. 


With our growing our Early french Immersion (EFI)  Program and Late French Immersion (LFI) Program in the south end of the district, we are developing a community of French Immersion (FI) educators and learners which is very exciting. There is a lot of momentum in our FI Programs right now- our FI teachers will be collaborating on a regular basis in the coming year to develop a vision for our FI Programs, coordinate and participate in various professional learning opportunities (the Southern Interior Intercultural Network will be hosting a pro-d session in the West Kootenays in April 2018), and to explore ways our FI classes can engage in collaborative learning opportunities throughout the district. 


  • Name: Kristi Crowe
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  • School district:#20 Kootenay-Columbia