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French Immersion

French Immersion is a District Program in Abbotsford that works towards functional fluency in French for a growing number of students each year. Over 1,300 students and 65 fully qualified bilingual teachers are active in French Immersion program across the District.

Early French Immersion begins in Kindergarten at one of four different elementary schools located across the city: Centennial Park, Clearbrook, Margaret Stenersen, and Sandy Hill. A second option and entry point for the French Immersion program begins in grade 6 at Chief Dan George Middle School. This is a highly-intensive ‘Late’ French Immersion program, taking place in grades 6 and 7. By grade 8, both the Late French Immersion students and those who have been in French Immersion since Kindergarten (Early French Immersion) join together for their grade 8 year. Students in grades 9-12 go on to complete their immersion experience at W.J. Mouat, graduating with a ‘Double Dogwood’ bilingual certificate. Throughout their school experience, students are ‘immersed’ in the French language, gaining fluency, while completing the learning outcomes described in the curriculum for all secondary school graduates across the province.

Information for Kindergarten

Is your child turning 5 in 2022? It's time to register for Kindergarten! Interested families can learn more about our school district's French Immersion program and how to register using the online lottery process.

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Information for Late French Immersion

A second option and entry point for the French Immersion program begins in grade 6. This highly-intensive ‘Late’ French Immersion program opens for registration on February 7. Due to COVID-19, registration for the Late French Immersion program will be done using the online lottery process. Families can apply for available spaces using the online lottery registration. The online lottery registration reservation runs from February 7 at 8 am to February 11 at 4 pm. Families awarded a spot will be contacted by staff.

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Additional Resources

Canadian Parents for French 
Ressources en français langue seconde