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French Immersion Program

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About The French Immersion Program

Designed for students whose first language is not French, this bilingual education program is open to all Richmond students. Between Kindergarten and Grade 12, students follow the regular BC curriculum.

From Kindergarten to Grade 2, teaching is in French only. Then, from Grades 3 to 7, English Language Arts is taught one hour per day. In Grades 8 to 10, 50% of courses are offered in English; in Grade 11, 75% of courses are offered in English; and in Grade 12, all courses but one are offered in English. Students receive a bilingual diploma upon finishing Grade 12.

Graduates of the program can participate easily in French conversations, take post-secondary courses with French as the language of instruction, and accept employment with French and/or English as the language of work.

Early French Immersion (EFI)
Richmond’s Early French Immersion (EFI) program is available for students who enter Kindergarten or Grade 1.

Late French Immersion (LFI)
There is also a Late French Immersion (LFI) program, which begins in the Grade 6 year. LFI provides an intense language learning experience that enables students to join the EFI students in Grade 8 French Immersion.

French Immersion at the Secondary Level
The Grade 8-12 French Immersion program is open to those students who began the Early French Immersion program in Kindergarten or Grade 1 as well as those who entered Late French Immersion in Grade 6. Both Early and Late French Immersion programs come together in Grade 8 in a program that is at both McMath and McRoberts Secondary Schools.

Our French Immersion Schools

Early French Immersion
• Anderson Elementary
• Bridge Elementary
• Dixon Elementary
• Gilmore Elementary
• Homma Elementary
• Mitchell Elementary
• Whiteside Elementary

Late French Immersion
• Diefenbaker Elementary
• Whiteside Elementary

Secondary French Immersion
• McMath Secondary
• McRoberts Secondary

Which School Can I Enroll My Child Into?

Early French Immersion Schools and Their Catchment Areas

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Early French Immersion School You live in the area of one of these catchment schools
Anderson Anderson, Cook, Talmey, Tomsett
Bridge

Bridge, Brighouse, Currie, DeBeck, Errington, Garden City, Maple Lane, Sea Island

Dixon

Diefenbaker, Dixon, Steves, Wowk

Gilmore

Blair, Blundell, Gilmore, Ferris, Grauer, McKay, Quilchena, Spul’u’kwuks, Thompson

Homma Byng, Homma, McKinney, Westwind
Michell Hamilton, McNeely, Mitchell, Tait
Whiteside Kidd, Kingswood, Lee, Whiteside, Woodward

Late French Immersion Schools and Their Catchment Areas

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Late French Immersion School You live in the area of one of these catchment schools
Diefenbaker

Blair, Byng, Diefenbaker, Dixon, Gilmore, Grauer, Homma, McKay, McKinney,

Quilchena, Spul’u’kwuks, Steves, Thompson, Westwind, Wowk
Whiteside Anderson, Blundell, Bridge, Brighouse, Cok, DeBeck, Errington, Ferris, Garden City, General Currie, Hamilton, Kidd, Kingswood, Lee, Maple Lane, McNeely, Mitchell, Sea Island, Tait, Talmey, Tomsett, Whiteside, Woodward

Secondary School Immersion Schools and Their Catchment Areas

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Secondary School French Immersion School You live in the area of one of these catchment schools
McMath If you live WEST of No.2 Road
McRoberts If you live EAST of No.2 Road

How Students Are Selected

In Richmond we value students being able to attend a school in their neighbourhood. We would like to provide a similar opportunity for elementary students choosing to enroll in French Immersion. Access to the French Immersion programs through a French Immersion catchment school-based process. Acceptance into the program is dependent on space availability.

The Early and Late French Immersion catchment-based process will be done using the following registration priorities:

  • Priority 1: Students with an older sibling who will be attending French Immersion within the same school in the same program in the same school year. Siblings must register following the usual procedures by the stated deadline to be eligible for Priority 1 status. Students enrolled after the deadline will go on a waitlist.
  • Priority 2: Students who reside within the French Immersion catchment boundaries.
  • Priority 3: Students who reside outside the French Immersion School's catchment area and live within the Richmond School District.
  • Priority 4: Students who reside outside the Richmond School District.

Notes

  1. In a catchment-based process, an applicants' first choice school would be their French Immersion catchment school. Depending on available space and the number of applications, French Immersion applicants will either be placed at their catchment school or a catchment-based draw would take place.
  2. A catchment-based placement and draw process does not guarantee that every applicant will be able to attend a French Immersion school in their neighbourhood. There will still be a limited number of spaces at each French Immersion School. Applicants will be required to provide a second and third choice school and a randomized draw will take place.
  3. Late applications, including siblings, received after the deadline will be added to the end of the waitlist that will be created from the draw. Late applications must be verified at the Central Registration Office.

The Application Process - Grades K, 1 and 6

For Kindergarten or Grade 1 Early French Immersion, and Grade 6 Late French Immersion.

Step One – Register Your Child For School

Your child must first be registered for school with the Richmond School District before you can submit an application form for the French Immersion Program. If you need to register your child, please visit the Registration Information page on this website before proceeding with the application process below.


Step Two – Complete A District Program Options Application Form

Early French Immersion Application Period - November 1, 2016 to January 11, 2017
Late French Immersion Application Period - November 1, 2016 to January 18, 2017
  • The parent/legal guardian will go to the school where their child is currently registered/attending to request and complete a District Program Options Application Form for their child for the neighbourhood Kindergarten program (even if they are a sibling of a child already in the French Immersion Program).

  • The District Program Options application will be verified by your neighbourhood school. Once verified, the application form will be given a school stamp, and initialed and dated by the school.

  • The legal guardian must then hand-deliver the verified form to the Central Registration Desk, located at the Board Office at 7811 Granville Avenue, Richmond, BC

  • Early French Immersion applications due by January 11, 2017, 4:00 P.M.

  • Late French Immersion applications due by January 18, 2017, 4:00 P.M.

Applications Between December 1st and January 11th
The parent/legal guardian must download and complete the District Program Options Application Form to the Central Registration Office. This office is located at the Richmond School District Administration Building, 7811 Granville Avenue @ Minoru Blvd.



NOTES

Late Applications
Late applications, including siblings, received after the deadline will be added to the end of the wait list that will be created from the placement process. Late applications must be verified at the Central Registration Office.

Notification of Placement
  • Parents should email ProgramOptions@sd38.bc.ca if they have not received notification by February 9, 2017. Please do not call as results will not be given over the phone.
Confirmation of Acceptance
  • Parents are required to respond by email with their acceptance or refusal of placement or waitlist.
  • Early French Immersion responses are due February 9, 2017, 9:00 A.M.
  • Late French Immersion responses are due February 16, 2017, 9:00 A.M.
  • After this date unclaimed spaces will be offered to those on the waitlist.
Please also read the "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" section below for additional helpful information.

The Application Process - Secondary School

The Grade 8-12 French Immersion program is open to those students who began the Early French Immersion program in Kindergarten or Grade 1 as well as those who entered Late French Immersion in Grade 6. Both Early and Late French Immersion programs come together in Grade 8 in a program that is at both McMath and McRoberts Secondary Schools.

Important Dates To Note

November 1st to November 30th District Program Options applications during this period must be completed and verified at your child's currently registered school.
December 1st - January 11th District Program Options applications for Early French Immersion must be completed by the parent or legal guardian at the Central Registration Desk, which is located at the School Board Office (7811 Granville Avenue @ Minoru Blvd.)
December 1st - January 18th District Program Options applications for Late French Immersion must be completed by the parent or legal guardian at the Central Registration Desk, which is located at the School Board Office (7811 Granville Avenue @ Minoru Blvd.)
January 11, 4:00 P.M. Deadline for submitting the District Program Options Application Form for Early French Immersion to the Central Registration Desk at the School Board Office.
January 18, 4:00 P.M. Deadline for submitting the District Program Options Application Form for Late French Immersion to the Central Registration Desk at the School Board Office.
February 9, 2017, 9:00 A.M. Parents should e-mail ProgramOptions@sd38.bc.ca if they have not received notification of placement. Deadline for legal guardians to confirm by e-mail acceptance or refusal for Early French Immersion placement.
February 16, 2017, 9:00 A.M. Deadline for legal guardians to confirm by e-mail acceptance or refusal for Late French Immersion placement.
September 22, 4:00 P.M. Wait lists for Early and Late French will be dissolved.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I want to ensure I receive e-mails from the Program Options Office. What do I need to do?
All correspondences such as information concerning your child's placement are done via e-mail. You should set your computer's anti-spam filter (if applicable) to accept emails from ProgramOptions@sd38.bc.ca You should also add this e-mail address to your email contact list or address book. This will ensure that your email provider and computer does not reject emails coming from this e-mail address. Shaw email addresses are not accepted as the security feature from the Shaw provider will block emails from the District Program Options server. Please provide an alternate email address.

I wish to send in an application form but I'm not sure how exactly because of the special situation. What should I do?
  • Siblings
    Priority is given to placing students whose older sibling is already in the same program at the same school in the same school year.

  • Children Currently Attending a Richmond School District School
    For children already registered and attending a Richmond School District school and wishing to enter for the first time into Early French Immersion Grade 1 or Late French Immersion Grade 6, please follow the instructions shown in the section, “The Application Process - Grades K, 1 and 6”.

  • Applying For Children Currently Attending a Private/Independent School In Richmond
    Students currently attending a private school but wish to District Program Options must first register at Central Registration with the required documents as outlined on the Registration Information page.

  • Applying For Twins
    One ballot will be entered into a draw for family with twins. If drawn, both children will be offered places in the program at the same school. Parents/legal guardians will be contacted in the event there is insufficient space for both children.

  • Applying For Non-Richmond Resident Students
    Non-Richmond resident students register at the Central Registration office with documents stated in the section, "How to Enroll". Applications will be added to the end of the waitlist that will be created from the draw.
Transportation
Transportation will not be provided for students enrolled in District Program Options, which includes Early French Immersion, Late French Immersion and Montessori programs.

How long do you keep your wait lists?
Wait lists for Early French Immersion and Late French Immersion will be dissolved on the third Friday of September at 4:00 P.M.

Can I transfer my child who is currently enrolled in a Richmond School District French Immersion school to another French Immersion school in the district?
Transfer applications to another District Program Options (French Immersion) school are
NOT accepted for:
    - Early French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade 1
    - Late French Immersion Grade 6

How do I withdraw my child from a District Program Options (French Immersion) placement?
Once a parent/legal guardian has accepted a placement, it is their responsibility to contact the District Programs Options office if they wish to withdraw their child from the program
before the new school year starts in September. The District Programs Options office can be contacted by email at ProgramOptions@sd38.bc.ca. The District Program Options office will coordinate the return of entry to their catchment school.

Children must return to their catchment school. Provided there is space, the deadline to be guaranteed your catchment school is
Friday, June 16, 2017. If you withdraw from the District Program Options after this date, you are not guaranteed placement back at your catchment school. You must re-register your child for school requesting your catchment school. If there is no space, your child will be placed at the next closest school and put on a waitlist at your catchment school.

Can I re-apply for District Program Options?
If you do not receive placement in Kindergarten at your French Immersion catchment school, you can re-apply for the draw the following school year for Grade 1.

 
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