French Immersion at Parkside

Parkside school has been offering an early French Immersion program since the fall 2010. We now have 111 students enrolled in French Immersion from kindergarten to grade 5, with a grade 6 class starting in the fall 2012. There are 9 teachers teaching French Immersion students at Parkside.

Some information on the early French Immersion program offer at Parkside
– The entry into the program begins in kindergarten
– Parkside French Immersion students come from Miscouche school zone, Kensington school zone, Kinkora zone and of course the Parkside zone. Bus transportation is arranged for all students.
– From kindergarten to grade 3, all subject are taught in french except music and physical education. So students receive 90% of their education in their second language.
– Teachers speak only french in class with some exception in the early grades in regard to safety, important emotional and behavioral issues.
– Students start to learn to read and write in English in grade 4. They have then one hour a day in an English language arts class for grade 4, 5 and 6.
– All students can enter the early French Immersion program. At risk students will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Many studies have shown that students who are experiencing difficulties in a French Immersion program would experience similar difficulties in an English, first language program. Please contact the school to discuss any questions that you might have on the suitability of early French Immersion for your child.

French Immersion is …

A popular choice…
More than 328 363 students across Canada are enrolled in a French Immersion program. (2008-2009 canadian survey)

A supported choice…
Parents of French Immersion students are not expected or required to understand or speak french. A wealth of resources is available to help parents support and encourage their child’s learning. You can start by visiting the Canadian Parent for French website at http://www.cpf.ca

A proven choice…
Parents often wonder what impact learning French might have on other school subject. Learning a second language has been shown to have a positive impact on intellectual growth. In fact, studies suggest learning a second language can enhance cognitive and intellectual abilities.

A smart choice…
Around the globe, 160 million people live and work in French. In fact, other than English, it’s the only language widely spoken on all five continents. Learning French connects your child to the whole world. He or she will experience unique opportunities and adventures, meet new friends and appreciate new cultures. And discover the books, music and films produced in this major world language.

A far-sighted choice…
Parents want the best for their children. Learning French can provide your child with unique lifelong opportunities. There is a high demand for bilingual staff in every sector of the economy – from retail to technology, from public service to tourism and from teaching to research. Whether their career path leads to science, the arts, business or education, learning French will open more doors to more secure futures.

A wise choice…
Learning more than one language is increasingly recognized as a lifelong gift, enhancing a child’s self-esteem and intellectual ability while opening new doors to a wider world of study, travel and employment.