French Immersion

There are two French Immersion Programs offered in Delta: EARLY French Immersion Program (Kindergarten to Grade 12) and LATE French Immersion Program (Grade 6 to Grade 12). Upon completion of the French Immersion Program, students who fulfil the BC Ministry of Education’s other graduation requirements, will receive a DOUBLE DOGWOOD, which means that they will graduate with two diplomas.

Early French Immersion Programs are offered at:
  • South Park
  • Ladner
  • Richardson
  • Devon Gardens
  • Gibson
  • Sunshine Hills
 Late French Immersion Programs are offered at:
  • Cliff Drive
  • Chalmers
Secondary Programs
At the secondary school level, two schools offer French Immersion:
  • South Delta
  • Burnsview
CONTACT:
Gwenaelle Oger-Black
Modern Languages Coordinator
604.952.5066

 

Enrolment Process

There is an Enrolment Process by which families need to proceed if interested to register a child in a French Immersion Program, either for the Early French Immersion Program or the Late French Immersion Program. An application form needs to first be completed and submitted by the deadline of each year, which demonstrates a commitment by the families to register their child in the designated program if their child is accepted and to understand that there is a commitment for the child to stay in the French Immersion program until Grade 12, where families understand that their support and encouragement will be very important throughout the child’s journey of learning in the French Immersion program.

It is very important that parents attend a French Immersion Parent Information Meeting.

How to Apply to French Immersion

  1. Parents apply online by entering their details, their child’s details (one application per child), indicate their French Immersion school choices in order of preference and submit their application by the appropriate deadline:
    Early French Immersion (Kindergarten-Grade 12) 4:00pm Thursday, January 23nd, 2019
    Late French Immersion (Grade 6-Grade 12) 4:00pm Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
  2. An e-mail communication to each applicant will be automatically generated once the application form has been completed. If you have not received the e-mail Confirmation of Application then you have not successfully applied.
  3. If applications exceed space available, six priorities are used to select students:
    I. Students living in Delta or attending a Delta school within the immersion school’s French program attendance area, and who have siblings in the District’s French Immersion program.
    II. Students living in Delta or attending a Delta school within the immersion school’s French program attendance area, and who do not have siblings in the District’s French Immersion program.
    III. Students living in Delta or attending a Delta school outside the immersion school’s French program attendance area, and who have siblings in the District’s French Immersion program.
    IV. Students living in Delta or attending a Delta school outside the immersion school’s French program attendance area, and who do not have siblings in the District’s French Immersion program.
    V. Students living outside Delta and not attending a Delta school, who have siblings in the District’s French Immersion program.
    VI. Students living outside Delta and not attending a Delta school, who do not have siblings in the District’s French Immersion program.
  4. Where applications exceed places available in any priority, placement will be determined on the basis of a draw, that is not determined by order of application. The draw will take place 3 weeks after the application deadline.
  5. Successful applicants will be placed at a French Immersion school. All other applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  6. Successful applicants will have to register at the French Immersion School they have been accepted to and will need to provide the following documents at time of registration:
    • Proof of birth date (Original birth certificate or passport)
    • Proof of citizenship for both the parent and the student (Canadian birth certificate, citizenship card, passport, landed immigrant document, permanent resident card)
    • Immunization record, Care Card, medical and emergency contact information
    • Proof of Residency (Property Taxes- current receipt, purchase/rental agreement or rental receipt with address)

    Please be aware that providing faulty information about one’s address on the French Immersion Application will result in the student losing their current Priority Category and applicant will be last priority for French Immersion placement.
  7. Applicants who have been waitlisted for Early French Immersion will need to register at their local catchment school.
  8. French Immersion spaces are filled by priority until all available spots have been allocated. Applicants that have been waitlisted will remain on the waitlist until if/when they are offered a space.
  9. If a student drops out of French Immersion, the applicant who is next on the waitlist will be contacted.
2019-2020 Application Deadlines
French Immersion Applications will be on-line this year. The application deadlines are:
Early French Immersion: 4:00pm Thursday, January 23rd, 2019
Late French Immersion: 4:00pm Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

 

French Immersion Parent Information Nights

For Early French Immersion:

Burnsview Secondary-December 4th, 2018 at 6:30pm
South Delta Secondary-December 5th, 2018 at 6:30pm

For Late French Immersion:

Burnsview Secondary-January 29th, 2019 at 6:30pm
South Delta Secondary-January 30, 2019 at 6:30pm

Early French Immersion Catchment Area Example Scenarios

Scenario 1

I live in the Sunshine Hills catchment area and want my only child in French Immersion regardless of where it is. My first choice is Sunshine Hills, my 2nd choice is Richardson, my 3rd choice is Devon Gardens, my fourth is Gibson, my fifth is Ladner and my sixth is South Park. My child will be Priority 2 at Sunshine Hills and Priority 4 at all other French Immersion schools. If my child registers into French Immersion at another school then my child will be eligible to transfer to Sunshine Hills in Grade 1 if there is space available.

Scenario 2

I live in the Sunshine Hills catchment area but, my first child is a student at Richardson French Immersion and I want my second child to also go to Richardson due to daycare being across the street from Richardson. My child will be Priority 3 at Richardson, a Priority 2 at Sunshine Hills and a Priority 4 at all other French Immersion schools. If my child registers into French Immersion at another school than Richardson then my child will be eligible to transfer to Richardson in Grade 1 if there is space available.

Scenario 3

I live in the Sunshine Hills catchment area, my first child is a French Immersion student at Sunshine Hills and I want my second child to also attend Sunshine Hills. My first choice is Sunshine Hills, my second choice is registering my child into Sunshine Hills English Kindergarten knowing that my child will not be eligible for French Immersion in Grade 1 and that the next entry point into French Immersion for my child is in grade 6 in Late French Immersion which is only available at Chalmers and Cliff Drive.

Scenario 4

I live in the Sunshine Hills catchment area, my first child is a French Immersion student at Sunshine Hills and I want my second child to also attend French Immersion. My first choice is Sunshine Hills, my 2nd choice is Richardson, my 3rd choice is Devon Gardens, my fourth is Gibson, my fifth is Ladner and my sixth is South Park. My child will be Priority 1 for Sunshine Hills, Priority 3 for all other French Immersion schools. If my child registers into French Immersion at another school then my child will be eligible to transfer to Sunshine Hills in Grade 1 if there is space available.