The Late French Immersion Program provides students with the opportunity to become highly functional in speaking, reading, writing, listening and communicating in French by the end of Grade 12. It is a program in which French is the language of instruction, beginning in Grade 7 and continuing through Grade 12.
First developed in Canada in 1965, the French Immersion program is based on decades of research into its effectiveness both in teaching a second language and in achieving the outcomes of the Alberta Programs of Study.
- Students entering Grade 7 can register
- Previous French experience is not required and parents do not need to know the language
- See Early French Immersion for entry in kindergarten or Grade 1
How to Register
- Registration for the 2021-22 school year starts January 11, 2021.
- Use our Find a School tool to find your designated Late French Immersion School.
- Attend a parent information session and/or view informational presentation. Details on your school's website, see links below.
- For families that are new to the CBE and not Canadian citizens, please note you must first attend the CBE Welcome Centre for an initial assessment prior to registering for an Alternative Program.
- Certain schools may be at capacity and will need to engage in the Lottery Process, in those schools, registration package must be received prior to Teacher convention. Please connect with the school find out their status.
Please see Transportation for Alternative Programs for important information. Parents will want to carefully consider the transportation services to and from the alternative program they want to enrol their child in.
Benefits of Learning French
Learning French offers students significant linguistic, academic and cognitive benefits. It opens doors to knowledge, communication, culture and travel, and gives graduates an edge in the global job market. It also provides the following benefits:
- strengthens English literacy skills
- develops listening and learning skills
- enhances problem-solving abilities
- increases cognitive abilities, making the student a more flexible and creative thinker
- provides graduates with more choices for advanced education and career options
- gives graduates a competitive edge in the job market anywhere in Canada and in many other countries
- broadens students' cultural life through access to literature, art, music and theatre in another language
- helps students to better understand the history, development and government of their country
- offers a gateway to national and international opportunities
- increases a student's feeling of self-esteem and pride
- makes learning a third or fourth language much easier
Benefits of Late French Immersion Program
- It is suitable for students who are open to the challenge of learning in a new language and willing to listen to, read and use French as much as possible.
- French Immersion begins with a period of concentration on French language development so students can achieve a strong foundation in French.
Subject and Language Breakdown by Grade
French Immersion begins with a period of concentration on French language development so that the students achieve a strong foundation in French on which to base their continued learning.
- Grades 7-9: French Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies are taught in French; all other subjects are taught in English
- Grades 10-12: French Language Arts, Social Studies and Mathematics are taught in French. The Alberta Education Programs of Study are the same for each subject, regardless of the language of instruction
Find a School
Every child in Calgary has a designated school based on their home address and the program they choose.
Find your designated school with our find a school tool along with the school's contact information and website address. Be sure to use the drop down arrow for 'Program Options' to select 'Late French Immersion'.