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French Immersion (K-12)

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Program Description

French Immersion is an intensive second language acquisition program common in all provinces of Canada, including British Columbia. Students study in French while following the regular B.C. Curriculum Prescribed Learning Outcomes.
French Immersion is available to all students. Students of all linguistic backgrounds are welcome. Parents need not speak English or French to enroll their children in French Immersion. Surrey French Immersion programs are provided in schools which also offer the regular English program.
The French Immersion program gives the students an opportunity to experience a whole new world. With the age of information, communication technology and travel upon us, knowing another language will assist students in having more career doors open to them as they become adults in the community.

1. To produce students who are able to understand and communicate in French and English.
     2. To allow students to develop linguistic and cultural knowledge of both Canada's official languages that supports a spirit of positive appreciation and respect.
     3. To foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, social and creative development of children.
     4. To develop awareness, appreciation, respect and understanding of the French and English cultures and values.
     5. To enable students to pursue further education and careers in either or both languages.

French is one of Canada's two official languages. It is also a "world" language or an "international" language because of its broad geographical distribution on the planet: French is spoken in five continents and is a language shared by 45 countries.

In Surrey . . .

  • Students enter the program in kindergarten or in Grade 6.
  • French Immersion teachers speak French fluently and are certified in British Columbia.

Early/Late French Immersion (K-Grade 7)

Early French Immersion begins in Kindergarten through a lottery (Grade 1, if space is available). In Early French Immersion, all instruction is offered in French in Grades K to 2. Late French Immersion begins in Grade 6 for students who have not had any previous learning in French. English language instruction is introduced in Grade 3 and continues with 20% English and 80% French through Grade 7.

For more information on the Kindergarten lottery, please click here
To view the Late FRIM Grade 5 letter, please click here
To view the Grade 7 FRIM letter, please click here

Early French Immersion Locations:

Riverdale Elementary
14835 – 108A Avenue
Phone: 604-588-5978

Simon Cunningham Elementary
9380 – 140 Street
Phone: 604-588-4435

Martha Currie Elementary
5811 – 184 Street
Phone: 604-576-8551

Laronde Elementary
1880 Laronde Drive
Phone: 604-536-1626

Pacific Heights Elementary
17148 – 26 Avenue
Phone: 604-531-2828

Peace Arch Elementary
15877 Roper Avenue
Phone: 604-536-8711

Woodward Hill Elementary
6082 – 142 Street
Phone: 604-594-2408

Late French Immersion Locations:

K.B. Woodward Elementary
13130 – 106 Avenue
Phone: 604-588-5918

Sunrise Ridge Elementary
18690 – 60 Avenue
Phone: 604-576-3000

Crescent Park Elementary
2440 – 128 Street
Phone: 604-535-9101

Henry Bose Elementary
6550 – 134 Street
Phone: 604-596-6324

Jessie Lee Elementary
2064 – 154 Street
Phone: 604-531-8833


How can I help my child?

  • Read aloud daily in the language of the home and talk about what is being learned at school. Children quickly transfer knowledge between languages.
  • Encourage involvement in French and English activities outside of school: books, cultural events, music,
  • educational television and summer camps.

Can I help out at school if I don't speak French?

  • Talk with the teacher about helping in the classroom and in the school. Non-French speakers are welcome!
  • Opportunities to participate include; field trips, cooking, reading, doing crafts with the children, helping in the library and being active in your school's Parent Advisory Committee.

Will Early French Immersion affect my child's achievement in mathematics and other subjects?

  • French Immersion students perform as well as their English-educated counterparts in all subject areas. In fact, in Surrey, French Immersion students surpass the provincial average in writing and math in the Foundation Skills Assessment (a provincial test administered to all B.C. Grade 4 and Grade 7 students).
  • Learning in an additional language contributes to the development of strong communication skills, flexible thinking and expands the cultural horizons of the students

Secondary French Immersion (Grades 8-12)

Secondary French Immersion is a continuation of Early and Late French Immersion. Grades 8, 9 and 10 students receive a minimum of 50% of their instruction in French, which includes an intensive French Language Arts program. Grade 11 students receive a minimum of 25% of their instruction in French, while Grade 12 students have a minimum of one course in French (French Language Arts). Students completing the French Immersion program in Grade 12 receive a bilingual graduation certificate.

Secondary French Immersion Locations:

Kwantlen Park Secondary
10441 – 132 Street
Phone: 604-588-6934

Salish Secondary
7278 – 184 Street
Phone: 604-235-9836

Earl Marriott Secondary
15751 – 16 Avenue
Phone: 604-531-8354

Panorama Ridge Secondary
13220 – 64 Avenue
Phone: 604-595-8890

For more information on French Immersion programs, please contact the schools or Education Services (Languages Department) at:
Telephone: 604-595-5325
Fax: 604-595-5326

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