French Programs


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French Immersion

French Immersion is a French language-learning program available to all students in School District 62 (Sooke). French Immersion is designed for non-French-speaking students who wish to attain a high level of proficiency in both official languages.  French Immersion students are immersed in the French language and culture within the classroom where French is used for meaningful communication and learning across the subject areas. Sooke School District seeks to provide French Immersion learners with opportunities to become both well-educated and functionally bilingual. French Immersion students achieve a level of learning in all curricular areas equivalent to that achieved by those in an English program while developing  strong communication skills in both of Canada’s official languages. They also build knowledge and understanding around second language acquisition, enabling them to more easily acquire additional languages. All French Immersion programs begin with 100% French instruction, the percentage of French gradually decreases as learners move into the secondary years, allowing for flexibility of course selection while providing for consistency of language learning and maintenance of French proficiency.

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French Immersion General Information

Early French Immersion

Early French Immersion is offered in both Sooke (Ecole Poirier) and the Western Communities (Ecole John Stubbs Memorial and Ecole Millstream). Early French Immersion students begin the program in Kindergarten and continue through to grade 12. All learning is in French for the primary years of the Early French Immersion Program and English Language Arts is reintroduced as a subject in grade four.

Late French Immersion

Late French Immersion (grade six)) is offered at Ecole John Stubbs Memorial School in Colwood, in the Western Communities. Late French Immersion students participate in two years of intensive language instruction commencing in grade six. Upon completion of the Late French Immersion Program in grade seven, students are streamed into the main French Immersion Program for grade eight.


Registration in School District 62 (Sooke) French Immersion programs is subject to availability.

Please visit the following pages for more information:

Kindergarten Entry French Immersion

Grade 6 Entry French Immersion

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

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.