French Language Programs

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AVRCE offers French Language learning opportunities through Core French, Integrated French, Intensive French and the Regional French Immersion Program (Early and Late entry options).

Regional French Immersion Program

All French Immersion programs are regional and open to all students in the AVRCE. Early entry is offered in Grade Primary and late entry is offered in Grade 7.

In the Early Immersion program, 80-100% of instruction is provided in French. The program begins in grade Primary and continues to grade 12. At the elementary level, a minimum of 80% of instruction is provided in French, and approximately 70% of instruction is in French at the middle school level. At the high school level, students must successfully complete nine credits in French to receive a French Immersion certificate.

Schools offering Early French Immersion (Grade Primary Entry): Enrolled students continue French Immersion at the Middle Level at: Enrolled students continue French Immersion in High School at:
Kings County Academy Kings County Academy Northeast Kings Education Centre
Kingston and District School Pine Ridge Middle School West Kings District High School
New Minas Elementary School Evangeline Middle School Horton High School

In Late Immersion programs, students receive 70% of instruction in French. In the middle school years, students take five courses where instruction is provided in French. At the high school level, students must successfully complete nine credits in French to receive a French Immersion certificate.

Schools offering Late French Immersion (Grade 7 Entry) Enrolled students continue French Immersion in High School at:
West Hants Middle School Avon View High School

To register for a Regional French Immersion program, contact the school where you would like your child to enrol. In cases where there are more students registered for the program than the maximum allowed, students' names will be randomly drawn to determine who will be accepted to the program. Drawing will continue to establish a wait list.

For more information on Regional French Immersion Programs, please contact one of the schools offering this program.

Core French

All regional education centres in Nova Scotia must offer core French classes from grades 4  to 9. French courses in Grades 10 to 12 are optional. French is taught and studied in regular instructional periods in all AVRCE schools. Students receive 30 minutes of French language instruction daily.

For more information on Core French, please contact your child's teacher or principal.

Intensive French

Intensive French provides Grade 6 students with the opportunity to study French Language Arts during a five month intensive time period, either from the beginning of September to the end of January, or from the beginning of February to the end of June. During the intensive half of the year, Math is taught in English and subjects taught by specialists, such as Music and Physical Education, are also taught in English. Other subject areas are not explicitly taught; rather, themes from Health, Social Studies, and Science are integrated into French Language Arts. During the non-intensive half of the year, students follow a regular grade 6 timetable. Health, Social Studies and Science are offered in English and Math continues to be taught in English. Specialist area subjects continue, including Core French, as per the Grade 4 to 6 Time to Learn Strategy (2016).

Intensive French is currently offered at Pine Ridge Middle School.

Integrated French

For students who wish to develop a greater degree of French language competency, some schools offer an Integrated French program from grade 7 to 12. The program involves an accelerated French Language Arts course that is available only to program participants, and one other course taught in French (often a social studies course). The French Language Arts course supports students' language needs in the other course taught in French, while the curriculum of this second course parallels that of the equivalent course taught in the English program.

Integrated French is available at Annapolis West Education Centre, Bridgetown Regional Community School, Middleton Regional High School, Pine Ridge Middle School, Avon View High School, West Hants Middle School, and West Kings District High School.

French Language Extra-Curricular Learning Opportunities

Each year, two French language extracurricular events are organized for students across the region:

Concours d'art oratoire is an annual provincial French public speaking competition organized by Canadian Parents for French. Locally, AVRCE teachers organize a regional competition for all interested students in grades 5 to 12. This competition is usually held in the spring of each year. Contact your child's French teacher for more information.

Face aux questions is a "Reach for the Top"-style quiz game, held annually and open to students in grades 7-12 enrolled in a French program. Teams of four students from each school face off against other teams according to their grade level and French program (core, integrated, immersion).

Canadian Parents for French also offer many opportunities for students to increase their French language skills through summer camps and other extra-curricular events. CPF maintains resources and information for parents and guardians.


For More Information on French Language Programs

For information on AVRCE P-12 French Programs, contact Laurie Bolland, French Programs Consultant, 902-670-4129 or .

For general information on French Language programs in Nova Scotia public schools, contact the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.




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