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Saskatoon Public Schools
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Elementary French Immersion

Elementary FI Web.jpgSaskatoon Public Schools offers a Kindergarten to Grade 8 elementary French Immersion program. French Immersion students learn French and English and follow provincial curricula.

There are six dual-track elementary schools offering English and French programs for kindergarten to Grade 8: École Alvin Buckwold, École College ParkÉcole DundonaldÉcole Forest Grove, École Lakeview, École River Heights. The programs run alongside regular English programs and are housed in the same building. One elementary school, École Henry Kelsey, offers a single-track French Immersion program. École Victoria offers French-language programming for kindergarten to Grade 8 and an English-language program for Grades 4-8.

A new kindergarten to Grade 8 French Immersion program at École Silverspring School will accept student for in September 2019, operating alongside the school’s established English program. The French Immersion program will serve the following neighbourhoods: Aspen Ridge, Evergreen, Silverspring and Willowgrove. Students from these neighbourhoods only will receive busing to Silverspring School, unless they live within walking distance of the school. More information is available here.

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 3-8, 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. Transportation​ is provided for students attending French Immersion schools located outside of their neighborhood's English-program attendance area. More information is available on our transportation ​map, our French Immersion Handbook or from schools.

French Immersion Handbook 2019