French Immersion

Immersion - a strategy that works!

Our Immersion Program

  • Total immersion in kindergarten-fourth grade; additional grade levels will be added to the program as it grows
    • Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, all taught to high standards, in French
  • 90% of the school day will occur in French, while 10% of the school day will include English instruction through a specialist; as students progress through the grade levels, English instruction increases until students reach a level of 50% French and 50% English instruction at 5th grade
  • Teachers are trained in language acquisition strategies that include immersion methods

What makes it effective?

  • Literacy skills transfer
  • Double dose of reading and language arts instruction
    • Focus on comprehension (French & English)
  • Immersion students tend to be more attentive - they learn to develop the ability to listen more carefully 
  • Immersion enhances cognitive and problem-solving skills
  • Many modern-day English words can trace their origins to French: students connect language similarities to build vocabulary

Why immersion?

  • Early immersion is one of the most effective methods known for acquiring a second language.
  • Students in immersion programs acquire the same proficiency in English and achieve the same levels of competence in their academic subjects as their peers who attend all-English programs.
  • Immersion students acquire advanced levels of functional proficiency in French. They are able to do their schoolwork and communicate with their friends and teachers. 
  • This form of enriched language education is effective in a variety of community settings, even in communities where there are few, if any, speakers of the target language. In addition, research has shown that immersion programs are effective for all students. 

French - a global language

  • Knowledge of French enhances literacy and acquisition of English. French provides the base for more than 50% of the modern English vocabulary, which could improve performance on standardized tests.
  • French immersion is supported by over 35 years of research and has been proven to be successful with students of all races, economic statuses, and levels of English proficiency.
  • Nationally, students at immersion schools score higher on state reading and math tests compared to peers in their district.
  • French represents diverse cultures around the world. It is used on five continents, in more than fifty countries, thirty of which are in Africa. French is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
  • French is a frequently taught language worldwide.
  • French is one of the most commonly used languages in the business world.
  • French and Francophone achievements in literature, arts, music, environmental sciences, diplomacy and government, mathematics, and sports allow many connections to content through French.