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Saskatoon Public Schools
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Elementary French Immersion


Saskatoon Public Schools offers French immersion from kindergarten to Grade 8. French immersion students learn French and English and follow provincial curricula. 

Seven elementary schools offer dual-track English and French programs for elementary school students: 
The programs run alongside regular English programs and are housed in the same building. 

Two elementary schools, École Henry Kelsey and École Victoria, offer a single-track French immersion program for elementary students. 

Students generally enter the program in kindergarten or Grade 1, and the language of instruction is primarily French in kindergarten to Grade 2. Utilizing the new provincial curricula for early learners, our French immersion program maintains a strong focus on student identity and language development while fostering students’ achievement in multiple subjects. The English Language Arts program is not formally introduced until Grade 3.

In grades 3 to 8, students apply their literacy and language skills to support and further their learning. Once students have learned to read in French, they apply this skill as they continue to explore the language and build vocabulary, communicate orally with purpose and write to explain their thoughts and learning. The ability to speak, read and write is applied in all subject areas and enables students to continue to learn the French language in the context of curricular subjects.

Boundaries and Student Transportation

Students living in the following areas of the city attend the French immersion schools listed below. 
  • École Alvin Buckwold 
    • Adelaide/Churchill, Eastview, Holliston (south of Taylor Street), Nutana Park, Stonebridge

  • École College Park
    • Brevoort Park, College Park, East College Park, Greystone Heights, Wildwood

  • École Dundonald
    • Dundonald, Hampton Village, Confederation Park, Kensington and Westview 

  • École Forest Grove​
    • Arbor Creek, Brighton, Erindale, Forest Grove, Sutherland, University Heights

  • École Henry Kelsey
    • All neighbourhoods west of Idylwyld Drive except Dundonald, Hampton Village, Confederation Park, Kensington and Westview

  • École Lakeview
    • Briarwood, Lakeridge, Lakeview, Lakewood, Rosewood

  • École River Heights
    • All neighbourhoods east of Idylwyld Drive to the river

  • École Silverspring 
    • Aspen Ridge, Evergreen, Silverspring and Willowgrove

  • École Victoria
    • Avalon, Buena Vista, Exhibition, Grosvenor Park, Holliston (north of Taylor Street), Nutana, Queen Elizabeth, Varsity View, The Willows 
Transportation​ is provided for students attending French immersion schools located outside their neighborhood's English-program attendance area. 

More information is available on our transportation ​map in our French Immersion handbook or from schools.

French Immersion Handbook