February 11, 2014
School District received a total of 126 applications for the
French immersion program (this includes 3 out of district
The Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools
approved the formation of 3 divisions of up to 30 students
for the grade 6 French Immersion program for September 2013
at KVR Middle School and 1 division of up to 30 students at
123 “in district” applications of the 126 total applications
were entered into a random selection process with names
drawn to fill the 90 spaces at KVR Middle School and 30
spaces at Summerland Middle School. The draw was held at the
School District office on February 11th,
with the School District Director of Instruction, Assistant
Superintendent and 2 members of the Okanagan Skaha Canadian
Parents for French conducting the draw. Notification of the
results of the draw will be mailed to individual applicant
Those applicants who are unsuccessful in the random
selection process will be placed on a wait list for the
program and contacted if/when spaces arise.
A random draw was also conducted for the “out of district”
applicants to determine their position on the wait list.
School District No. 67 Offers
(For Grades 6 – 12)
its inception in 1983, the District has had a successful
late French Immersion program. In the past few years, we
have offered 4 to 5 divisions of French Immersion in the
district, depending on enrolment numbers. (One or more
new classes of Grade 6 students are expected to be
created in Penticton in September, 2014. In addition,
provided there is sufficient enrolment, Grade 6 French
immersion class(es) will be created at Summerland Middle
School.) It is hoped that this letter will help to
answer some questions that you may have about the
program and provide you with information about
registering for the Grade 6 program.
Who may enrol?
The program is available to all students residing within the
geographic boundaries of School District No. 67 who will be entering grade six
in September 2014.
It should be noted that there is no academic requirement
or qualification that could exclude a student from
enrolling in French Immersion. ANY student who resides
within our geographic boundaries, regardless of previous
achievement levels in elementary school, is eligible.
As part of the application process, applicants MUST, on the application form, select their school of choice to attend (either KVR Middle or Summerland Middle). Enrolment will be determined in accordance with the
following priorities as per Section 3 of
District Policy #305 (revised January 13, 2014):
In-school district students
Non-school district students
residing outside the district are also permitted to apply on a space-available basis (ie.,
after School District No.67 students have been accommodated). Such
applications will be considered pursuant to School
Policy 305 (revised January 13, 2014). In addition, the Ministry of Education's
policy on French Immersion emphasizes that: "The
major goal of French Immersion is to provide the
opportunity for non-francophone students to become
bilingual in English and French." . For more
information visit the Ministry of Education website:
Is French Immersion a
completely different program?
program is very similar to the one taught in the English classes with the same
content areas in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, physical
education, music and art, except that all subjects are taught in French in grade
six. Language Arts in English is
re-introduced in grade seven.
Is this just a one year
No. The commitment to the program is definitely for three years (grades 6, 7
and 8) and it is expected that successful students would continue to take the
French Immersion courses offered at the secondary level through to graduation.
Do the students need
French to follow the material?
No. When they enter
the class, students are assumed to have a little or no French. For the first two or three weeks, some English will be used. After the first month or two, the students will acquire enough French to
do their other subjects in that language.
Will students' English
language skills suffer?
There is no evidence that students' ability to read, write and
spell in English is harmed by the program over the long term.
How much French will they
acquire in a year?
Most students will be able to converse in French reasonably well
by the end of grade six. The
students' written skills will need further development in grade seven. By the end of grade seven they should read and write French at their
grade level while still maintaining their English skills.
Where is the program located?
Class(es) will be located at KVR Middle School, 300
Jermyn Avenue in Penticton and Summerland Middle School in
Summerland, provided sufficient enrolment is achieved.
Both KVR Middle and Summerland Middle Schools enrol
grades 6, 7 and 8 in both English track and late French
French Immersion classes at the secondary level (Grades
9-12) are currently located at Penticton Secondary
School and Summerland Secondary School.
Ü What if there are insufficient
numbers to accommodate a Summerland Late French
If this were the case,
all applicants residing within the geographic
boundaries of School District No. 67 will receive equal
consideration for the Penticton Late French Immersion
program in accordance with
School District Policy #305.
School bus service is not assured for French Immersion students
attending outside their catchment area. However, if space is available on existing school bus runs, French Immersion
students will be permitted to ride. At
present, there are no school busses running between Summerland and Penticton, so parents will be
responsible for transportation. However, BC Transit has recently added a route between Penticton and Summerland. You may check out thier website at:
How do I indicate my
interest in French Immersion?
take place in February each year for the following September. School District Policy #305 - Choice and Flexibility states "Application for Late French Immersion must be received at the Board office by noon on February 1 of each year (should February 1 fall on a weekend, the deadline will be at noon on the first day of school after February 1)".
If you are unsure, ask your school’s principal for the specific date or contact the School Board Office, 425 Jermyn Avenue, Penticton, B.C., V2A 1Z4,
firstname.lastname@example.org. For registration for September 2014, information
packages and application forms will be available
on January 20th, 2014
at all elementary school
offices, the School Board Office and on our district
Completed application forms must be received at the
School Board Office by 12:00 noon, Monday, February 3,
Are there any
Yes. The number of students entering
the program may be limited.
Parents/guardians of all applicants will be notified in
writing of the status of their application.
from French Immersion
Students continuing in the French Immersion program
through grade 12 and graduating will receive their final Dogwood Diploma in both
English and French.
your child’s principal and check out the
Ministry of Education website:
you still have questions regarding the application
process, please contact Linda Walters at the School
Board Office, 250-770-7700 ext. 6643
you still have questions regarding the selection
process, the potential waitlist and/or the program
itself, please contact Don MacIntyre, Director of
at the School Board Office, 250-770-7700 ext 6025.
If you wish to speak to a parent of a student already in
the French Immersion program, please contact any
of the following:
President of Okanagan Skaha
Parents for French,
Jacquie Kentel, Vice President of Okanagan Skaha Parents for
Ryan Moseley, Secretary of Okanagan Skaha Parents for French,