French Immersion programming benefits the cognitive and social development of students, as well as their opportunities for career advancement. Research demonstrates that students who successfully complete a French Immersion program (K-12) attain functional bilingualism while doing as well as, or better than, their unilingual peers in the content areas of curriculum, including English Language Arts.
Secondary French Immersion is a continuation of Early and Late French Immersion. In grades 8, 9 and 10, students receive a minimum of 50% of their instruction in French. In grade 11, students receive a minimum of 25% of their instruction in French and in grade 12, students have a minimum of one course in French Language Arts (Français langue 12).
In order to achieve the goals of the French Immersion Programme (attain functional bilingualism) the students should continue in French Immersion through grade 12. Upon graduation, students will have acquired sufficient language skills to be able to pursue post-secondary studies or work in either official language. The skills students learn in the elementary years are the building blocks for the development of more sophisticated thinking and communicative skills in French.
Students completing the French Immersion programme in Grade 12 receive a bilingual graduation certificate – Double Dogwood.
OUR FEEDER SCHOOLS – Alpha French Immersion Catchment Area Map
|Early French Immersion||Late French Immersion|
|École Aubrey Elementary||École Capitol Hill Elementary|
|École Sperling Elementary|
|École Westridge Elementary|
|Grade 8||Humanités (Français langue + Sciences humaines), Scimatiques (Mathématiques + Sciences naturelles)|
|Grade 9||Français langue, Sciences humaines, Mathématiques, Sciences naturelles|
|Grade 10||Français langue, Sciences humaines, Mathématiques, Planification, Sciences naturelles|
|Grade 11||Français langue, Sciences humaines/Etudes politiques|
|Grade 12||Français langue, AP French Language and Culture|
CULTURAL AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
Students in the French Immersion Program at Alpha Secondary have many unique opportunities throughout their high school years that give them valuable exposure to French Language and Culture outside of the classroom.
|Field Trips||Plays, movies, festivals, concerts, SFU Guided tours, French Restaurants experience, Food Trucks|
|Contests||Concours d’art oratoire, Burnaby Writing Contest, Les voix de la poésie, Expo Sciences, Geo Challenge|
|Clubs & Events||Billingual Debate Club, French Immersion Junior Leadership Club, Languages Week, Elementary School Visits, Cultural guests, performers and presenters|
|Exchange Programs||BC-Québec Exchange Program,|
|Major Trips||Québec | France Trip|