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​​​​​​Core French

Canada has many languages, but has two have official languages namely, French and English. 

From Grades 5 to 8, all students in B.C. are required to have second language instruction. Core French is taught in every one of our elementary and middle schools. The program is also offered in every secondary school as an elective.

The Core French Program:

  • helps students develop a positive feeling towards French language and the francophone population throughout the world;
  • increases awareness and understanding of the values, customs and other elements of the French culture, particularly as experienced in Canada; 
  • increases, within realistic limits, the ability to communicate effectively in French.

For more information, please contact:

​Ms. S. Bergeron, Language and Culture Coordinator 

1100 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam, BC V3J 2G3
604 937 6392
sbergeron@sd43.bc.ca 


Early French Immersion

​Starting in Kindergarten, the Early French Immersion Program is an alternative program that offers all students whose first language is not French the possibility of completing the prescribed B.C. curriculum and learning French at the same time.

The Early French Immersion Program:

  • helps students develop strong communication skills in both English and French;
  • expands cultural horizons and;
  • helps prepare students for the global economy.

From Kindergarten to Grade 2: 100% of instruction is in French
In Grades 3-5: 80% of instruction is in French.
In Grades 6-8: 70% of instruction is in French.
In Grades 9-10: 50% of instruction is in French.
In Grades 11-12: 25% of instruction is in French.

WHICH SCHOOLS OFFER EARLY FRENCH IMMERSION?

École Coquitlam River 
(K-5)

École Nestor
(K-5)

École Kwayhquitlum
(6-8)

École Glen
(3-5)
*Program phasing out to Westwood

École Panorama Heights ​
(K-5)

École Maillard
(6-8)

École Glenayre
(K-5)

École Porter Street
(K-5)

École Maple Creek
(6-8)

École Irvine
(K-5)

École Rochester
(K-5)

École Pitt River
(6-8)

École Kilmer
(K-5) 

École Westwood
(K-2)
*Program phasing in from Glen

École Dr. Charles Best
(9-12)

École Mary Hill
(K-5)

École Banting
(6-8)

École Riverside
(9-12)

The program is being phased out of École Glen Elementary and phased in at École Westwood Elementary over the next three years.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • Children entering Kindergarten September 2020 must apply through the programs of choice online. 
  • Applications will be accepted Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 9 a​.m. to Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 4 p.m.  
  • Space is limited. ​Application will be processed based on a RANDOM DRAW PROCESS.
  • ​​Kindergarten children with siblings in a program of choice must still apply online.
  • Students entering Grade 1 onwishing to enroll should contact Sophie Bergeron at 604-937-6392

All parents are encouraged to attend the parent information meeting to learn about the program.

Early French Immersion - Parent Information Meeting
Monday, January 13, 2020
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Como Lake Middle School (Gymnasium)
1121 King Albert Avenue, Coquitlam

As this is an information meetings for parents/guardians, kindly make arrangements to leave your children at home.

Late French Immersion

Starting in Grade 6, the Late French Immersion program is an alternative program that offers students whose first language is not French the possibility of completing the prescribed B.C. curriculum and learning French at the same time.

The Late French Immersion Program:

  • helps students develop strong communication skills in both English and French;
  • expands cultural horizons and;
  • helps prepare students for the global economy

Late French Immersion is a program of choice offered by School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) at the Grades 6 -7 level.  After Grade 7, students continue in French Immersion to the end of Grade 12.​​

In Grade 6: 75% of instructional time is in French. Exploration subjects are usually taught in English. English Language Arts are not taught in the first year of late immersion.

In Grade 7: 65% of instructional time is in French. English Language Arts and Exploration subjects are usually taught in English.

WHICH SCHOOLS OFFER LATE FRENCH IMMERSION?​​​​

​​​École Citadel (6-7)
École Moody (6-7)
École Montgomery (6-7)


APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Applications for Late French Immersion are to be completed online 
  • Applications will be accepted Friday, January 17, 2020 at 9 a.m to Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 4 p.m. 
  • Space is limited and a random draw will be used if necessary.
  • Children with siblings in a program of choice must still apply online.

All parents are encouraged to attend the parent information meeting to learn about the program. 

Late French Immersion - Parent Information Meeting
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Montgomery Middle School (Gymnasium)
1900 Edgewood Avenue, Coquitlam

For more information, please contact:

​Ms. S. Bergeron, Language and Culture Coordinator 

1100 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam, BC V3J 2G3
604 937 6392
sbergeron@sd43.bc.ca 

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828