French Immersion

French immersion is the delivery of the regular British Columbia school curriculum in the French language. It enables students to become functionally bilingual and achieve levels of learning in all subject areas equivalent to the English program.

The Sooke School District offers both Early Immersion and Late Immersion programs.

Students who opt for Early Immersion usually enter the program in Kindergarten and continue their French studies through to grade twelve. In grade 12, they recieve a 'Double Dogwood' (a bilingual graduation certificate). Students may also begin the program in Grade one.

From Kindergarten to grade three, all subjects are taught in French. In grade four students receive one hour of English Language Arts per day. This pattern (80 percent French, 20 percent English) continues through grades five and six. In grades seven to nine, four to six courses are taught in French. In grades ten and eleven, students take three courses while in grade twelve, they receive one course in French.

Some parents are concerned that their children will fall behind in their English language skills but this is not the case in the long run. In Early Immersion, students may be slightly behind until English Language Arts are introduced. Generally, Immersion students catch up to English program students within one or two years. On standardized tests given in English, immersion students are generally found to do as well as, or better than, students in the English program.

Students who choose late immersion will enter the French program in grade six. In grade eight they merge with the students who enrolled in early immersion.

Even if you do not speak French at home you are able to help your child succeed in the French immersion program. Even if you cannot understand, have your child read out loud to you and examine the work he/she brings home. Interest and encouragement are tremendous motivators; ask questions of your child's teacher and show an interest in what your child is doing.

Any child living in the Sooke School District (School District #62) may enter the program in Kindergarten or sometimes in grade one. Children wishing to join the program after grade one need to demonstrate a good grasp of the language.

French Immersion is offered at the following Sooke Schools:





Belmont Secondary

3067 Jacklin Rd.

(250) 478-5501

Grades 9 - 12


6218 Sooke Rd.

(250) 642-5211

Grades 9 - 12

École John Stubbs

301 Zealous Crescent

(250) 478-5571

K - 8

École Journey

6522 Throup Rd.

(250) 642-5881

Grades  6 - 8

École Poirier

6526 Throup Rd

(250) 642-0500

K - 5

Millstream Elementary

626 Hoy Lake Road

(250) 478-8348

K - 2

Enrolment forms are available in all elementary schools during and after registration week, in February.

Core French


Core French or French as a Second Language is the study of French as a subject.

In grades five to seven, students receive approximately 75 minutes per week of instruction in French. When students reach grade eight, instruction time increases to 180 minutes. This continues through grade twelve.

Some students who complete this program become bilingual. The majority will increase their ability to communicate effectively in French. Successful completion of grade eleven French meets the standard entrance requirement for most B.C. and Canadian universities.

All elementary and Secondary Schools offer Core French from grades five through twelve.
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