Kindergarten to Grade 12—Compare French Programs

The information below will help you understand the four French education programs available to Francophone and non-Francophone students in the province. Find out which of our four programs is best for your child. 

Comparison Chart for French Education Programs in BC

 

Core French

Intensive French

French Immersion

Francophone

Who?

All students (Parents don’t need to speak French)

All students (Parents don’t need to speak French) All students (Parents don’t need to speak French) Students whose parents qualify based on Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
What? 1-3 Blocks/week

½ year taught in French

½ year taught in English

Taught mostly in French, with instruction in English gradually added throughout the grades.

All subject areas are taught in French except English Language Arts. 

Where? Most school districts and independent schools

Four school districts including:

-SD 75 Mission

-SD 39 Vancouver

-SD 6 Rocky   Mountains

-SD 36 Surrey

47 school districts in the province and several independent schools

To find a school offering the program, see the map of Francophone schools.*

When?

Grades 5-12 (only a few districts offer it before Grade 5).

Grades 6 and 7

Early Immersion: Kindergarten/Grade 1 to Grade 12

Late Immersion: Grade 6 to Grade 12

K-12 
Why?

-Communicate with purpose and confidence in French

-Expand understanding and appreciation of Francophone cultures

-Understand educational, career, social, and travel opportunities available to those who speak French

- Communicate with purpose and confidence in French through an accelerated program

-Expand understanding and appreciation of Francophone cultures

-Understand educational, career, social, and travel opportunities available to those who speak French

- Become bilingual

- Appreciate Francophone cultures

- Earn a Dogwood Diploma AND un Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires en Colombie-Britannique

- Learn both French and English Language Arts in a Francophone environment

- Develop identity as a Francophone individual

- Earn a Dogwood Diploma AND Un Diplôme de fin d’études secondaires en Colombie-Britannique, demonstrating graduation from the Francophone Program

 

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

Are you looking for opportunities to experience French outside of B.C.?