École Lady Grey Elementary School offers a mid-entry French Immersion Program, which begins in grade 4 and continues through Grade 12 graduation with a Bilingual Dogwood Certificate.
The LGES grade 4 entry French Immersion is a program that can offer your child:
- A fun, effective and challenging way to learn French.
- The opportunity to learn the same BC Ministry of Education curriculum as the regular English program, in French.
- An opportunity to participate in rich French cultural learning experiences.
- A bilingual future.
The grade 4 entry French Immersion Program is intended for non-French speaking students who wish to develop a high level of proficiency in both official languages. Students enrolled in French immersion study the same BC curriculum as students in the English-language program. The major distinction between the English-language program and French Immersion is that the language of instruction and communication in the immersion component is French. Students and teachers are able to use English when necessary, responding to the needs of students. Report cards are written in English and use the same reporting format used in the English program.
French immersion students have identical opportunities to take part in all school and district programs and to access student support services such as counselors, learning services and speech and language pathologists. Specific opportunities are also provided for cultural and French language development such as Concours (Public Speaking), Theatre, Carnival, visiting French authors, etc. Students in French immersion have access to French and English resources in their classrooms, in the Library, and online.
Students that graduate from the program in Grade 12 will have the language skills to participate in French conversations, take post-secondary courses with French as the language of instruction, and accept employment with French as the language of work.
Parents who are considering enrolling their child in French immersion can contact our principal, Mr. Blaine Broderick, for more information. There is also a wealth of information about French immersion at the Canadian Parents for French website.