The LFI program offers students a fun, effective, and intensive way to learn French, beginning in
Students are immersed in the French language within the classroom. French is used for
meaningful communication and for instruction in the subject (content) areas including math,
science, social studies, fine arts, physical education, and French language arts. Students do
not receive English Language Arts in grade six. Please also note that students will not receive
any ELL support in grade six.
Students in the program achieve a level of learning in all subject areas equivalent to that
achieved by students in the English program. This is done at a faster pace because the first few
months of grade six are focused mainly on language acquisition.
Once in grade seven, English Language Arts is re-introduced into the program,
however, the majority of the teaching still happens in French. The LFI program is currently
offered in two Richmond Elementary schools: James Whiteside and John Diefenbaker. Transportation
must be arranged by parents.