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French Immersion Parent Letter

French Immersion Application Form

  • Deadline date for applications this year is: 12:00 Noon, Monday, February 1, 2016

  • There is no longer a “sibling” clause regarding French Immersion

  • All names are entered into a “random draw”, if required (i.e. more applicants received than spaces available). This will occur sometime during the month of February

  • The “random draw” selection process is based on all in-district applicants received by the deadline date for the French immersion program

  • Note: Out of district applicants whose applications were received before the deadline are placed on a waitlist

Subsequent Order of Events

  • First, a decision is made regarding the number of classes for the program

  • Second, if required, a “random draw” of all in-district applicants will be performed

  • Third, spaces for the allotted number of classes are filled based on preference of school (as indicated on the application form) and by the random draw order of the applicants

  • Fourth, a letter will be sent home to each applicant indicating whether or not they were accepted into the program

  • Any students not accepted into the program will be placed on a “wait list”

School District No. 67 Offers

Late French Immersion

(For Grades 6 – 12)

Since its inception in 1983, the District has had a successful late French Immersion program. In the past 4 or 5 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, 2016. 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.

Ü  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 6 in September 2016.   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 School District Policy #305 (revised January 13, 2014):

a)  In-school district students

b)  Non-school district students

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 District 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: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/policy/policies/french_immersion.htm

Ü  Is French Immersion a completely different program?

The 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 6.  Language Arts in English is re-introduced in Grade 7.

Ü  Is this just a one year introductory program?

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.

Ü  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.

Ü  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.

Ü  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 6.  The students' written skills will need further development in Grade 7.  By the end of Grade 7 they should read and write French at their grade level while still maintaining their English skills.

Ü  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 Immersion.  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 Immersion program?

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.

Ü  Transportation

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. BC Transit has recently added a route between Penticton and Summerland. You may check out their website at: BC Transit

Ü  How do I indicate my interest in French Immersion?

Registrations 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, 250-770-7700, email:  cryan@summer.com. For registration for September 2016, information packages and application forms will be available on January 21st, 2016 at all elementary school offices, the School Board Office and on our district website at www.sd67.bc.caCompleted application forms must be received at the School Board Office by 12:00 noon, Monday, February 1, 2016.

Ü  Are there any limitations?

Yes.  The number of students entering the program may be limited. 

Ü     Confirmation of enrolment

Parents/guardians of all applicants will be notified in writing of the status of their application.

Ü     Graduation 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.

Ü     Still have questions?

Ask your child’s principal and check out the Ministry of Education website:    http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/policy/policies/french_immersion.htm

If you still have questions regarding the application process, please contact Caroline Ryan at the School Board Office, 250-770-7700 ext. 6565.

If you still have questions regarding the selection process, the potential waitlist and/or the program itself, please contact Don MacIntyre, Director of Instruction, 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:

Ryan Moseley, President of Okanagan Skaha Parents for French, 250-494-4040, fortmoseley@mac.com

Jacquie Kentel, Vice President of Okanagan Skaha Parents for French, 250-494-6455, jmkentel@shaw.ca


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