Late French Immersion
Registration for 2021 – 2022
For Parents of Current Grade 5 Students:
A letter, along with an application form, regarding next September’s Grade 6 French Immersion classes will be available on January 15, 2021 at all elementary school offices, the Okanagan Skaha School District No. 67 Board Office (425 Jermyn Avenue, Penticton) and on the district website at www.sd67.bc.ca.
Deadline for applications is 12:00 Noon Monday, February 1, 2021
The program is available to all students residing in the Okanagan Skaha School District entering Grade 6 in September of 2021. Students outside the district are permitted to enroll on a space-available basis (i.e. after Okanagan Skaha School District students have been accommodated). Please note: Information Meetings will not be taking place due to COVID-19 and PHO protocols. However, all the information is still available at your school and on the website.
b) Non-school district students. Students residing outside the district are also permitted to apply on a space- available basis (i.e. after School District No. 67 students have been accommodated).
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
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
No. When they enter the class, students are assumed to have 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.
There is no evidence that students' ability to read, write and spell in English is harmed by the program over the long term.
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.
Class(es) will be located at KVR Middle School 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.
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 Administration Procedure 306.
Yes. The number of students entering the program may be limited.
Students continuing in the French Immersion program through Grade 12 and graduating will receive their final Dogwood Diploma in both English and French.
Okanagan Skaha Chapter, 250-462-8716
If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact our Education Secretary on 250-770-7700 ext 6212.
More specific questions regarding the selection process, the potential waitlist and/or the program itself, please contact Allen Beckingham, Director of Instruction 250-770-7700 Ext. 6453.