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Saskatoon Public Schools
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Elementary French Immersion

​​​​​French immersion programming in elementary school is offered from kindergarten to Grade 8.

Seven elementary schools are dual track, which means English and French immersion programs run alongside each other and are housed in the same building.
Two elementary schools are single track French immersion.
French immersion is an excellent choice for those wishing to learn to communicate effectively in both of Canada's official languages. The French immersion curriculum was built for students whose families do not speak French at home; however, French-first-language children are also welcome. For frequently asked questions, please click here​.

​Programming from Kindergarten to Grade 8

French immersion programming is provided through an authentic learning environment and engaging linguistic experiences. Students participate in diverse and enriching French learning activities in and out of the classroom. French resource support is available to students who may need additional support if required.
  • Students generally enter the program in kindergarten or Grade 1. This is because the foundations of the French language are established early in these primary grades. To ensure student success, early enrolment is recommended. From kindergarten to Grade 2, the language of instruction is primarily French. Utilizing the new provincial curricula for early learners, the program maintains a strong focus on student identity and language development while fostering students’ achievement in multiple subjects. Students learn French through play, songs, activities, high-quality instruction and language models, and repetition. The English language arts program is formally introduced in 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 these literacy skills as they continue to build vocabulary, communicate orally with purpose and write. The ability to speak, read and write is applied in all subject areas and enables students to learn the same content as their English peers through the French language.
Note: French immersion continues for students in grades 9 to 12. Click here for more information.


Free busing may be available for students leaving their home neighbourhoods to attend the French immersion program in their area. Click on the map to see which school provides French immersion programming for your neighbourhood. Please contact the school for details.