FSL Options at SJS

Core French

For students in grades K to 8, French is taught for 40 minutes every day. Every student in the BGCDSB is automatically enrolled in this program. Only in exceptional cases are students exempted from this course. Every elementary school has this program available. The objective is to provide students with a basic knowledge of French and an interest in and appreciation of the French culture.

Early French Immersion

A program in which French is the language of instruction for a significant part of the school day; that is several or all subjects are taught in French. Immersion is designed for students whose first language is not French. The objective is full mastery of English language, functional fluency in French, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the French culture. It is termed Early French Immersion because students may enroll in the program beginning in Junior Kindergarten. The students in Kindergarten to grade 6, receive 75 percent of the day in French instruction and 25 percent in English instruction. The Grade 7/8 students receive 50 percent of both French and English instruction.

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