Learn in French—Kindergarten to Grade 12

British Columbia encourages all Francophone and non-Francophone students in the province to learn French by providing a variety of French education programs, which offer students options from developing their basic language skills to studying entirely in French.

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Which French education program is best for your child?

There are four French education programs available for students in British Columbia:

  • Core French
    Students will develop effective communication skills in French and an openness to, and appreciation of, Francophone cultures.
  • Intensive French
    In a relatively short period of time, students will acquire solid proficiency in French and an understanding and appreciation of Francophone cultures.
  • French Immersion
    Students will become bilingual and acquire an understanding and appreciation of Francophone cultures. 
  • Francophone Program
    Students will receive an education in French, in a Francophone environment.

Compare the four programs and find out which is best for your child. 


Is the program available in your school district?

Find out where each program is available in the province.

Most school districts offer Core French courses. Contact your local school district to find out.

Intensive French is offered in the following four school districts:

Mission (75)
Vancouver (39)
Rocky Mountains (6)
Surrey (36)

To learn more about the program, contact one of the school districts above by visiting the website or the school district contact information page.

47 school districts throughout the province offer French Immersion. To find a school, see the map of French Immersion schools.

Some French Immersion courses are also available online. For more details, visit BC Learning Services.

The Francophone Program is only offered by the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (School District #93), a public school district present in many locations throughout the province. To find a school offering the program, see the map of Francophone schools.

To learn more, visit the website of the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique.

Some courses in the program are also available online. For more details, visit BC Learning Services


Can your child graduate in French?

Graduating from the Francophone Program

Students graduating from the Francophone Program study both French and English as Language Arts all through Grade 12. As such, students enrolled in this program can graduate with both the French Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires en Colombie-Britannique and the British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) if they meet the graduation requirements set out in the  Graduation Program Order (PDF). 

Graduating from the French Immersion Program

Students enrolled in a French Immersion Program can graduate in French and get the Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires en Colombie-Britannique in conjunction with the British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) if they meet the graduation requirements set out in the Graduation Program Order (PDF)

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