French Programs

Registration dates for the 2022/2023 will take place in early 2022. 

French Immersion – KindergartenJanuary 10-14 

Early French Immersion: January 10-14 

Late French Immersion: January 24-28

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French Immersion

French Immersion is a French language-learning program available to all students in SD62. French Immersion is designed for non-French-speaking students who wish to attain a high level of proficiency in both of Canada's official languages.  Students achieve a level of learning in all curricular areas equivalent to that achieved by students in English programming. 

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. It is our hope to provide French Immersion learners with opportunities to become both well-educated and functionally bilingual. 

Students 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 (École Poirier) and the Western Communities (École John Stubbs Memorial and École 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, with English Language Arts reintroduced as a subject in grade four.

Late French Immersion

Late French Immersion (Grade 6) is offered at École John Stubbs Memorial School in Colwood, in the Western Communities. Late French Immersion students participate in two years of intensive language instruction starting in Grade 6. Upon completion of the Late French Immersion Program in Grade 7, students are streamed into the main French Immersion Program for Grade 8.


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:

Please note: The secondary level French Immersion program will begin transitioning from Belmont to Royal Bay annually beginning in September 2021. Current grades will continue their education at Belmont Secondary, with new grades flowing into Royal Bay Secondary. The French Immersion program will be phased out of Belmont Secondary by 2024.





Royal Bay Secondary
(beginning 2021)

3500 Ryder Hesjedal Way

(250) 474-2377

Grades 9 – 12

Belmont Secondary
(Phasing out starting 2021)

3041 Langford Lake 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 Hoylake Road

(250) 478-8348

K – 5

Core French

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

In Grades 5-7, students receive approximately 75 minutes per week of instruction in French. When students reach Grade 8, instruction time increases to 180 minutes. This continues through Grade 12.

Some students who complete this program become bilingual. The majority will increase their ability to communicate effectively in French. Successful completion of Grade 11 French meets the standard entrance requirement for most B.C. and Canadian universities.

All elementary and Secondary Schools offer Core French from Grades 5-12.