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Open the door to enriched learning with Late French Immersion

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Research shows that learning a second language improves students’ cognitive abilities, positively influences achievement in other disciplines, and results in higher achievement test scores in reading and math.

West Vancouver School’s unique single track Late French Immersion program at École Pauline Johnson offers students entering Grade 6 an enhanced learning opportunity.

  • No previous experience of French language is necessary.
  • Upon completion of Grade 7, Late Immersion students are guaranteed placement in the Secondary French Immersion program at Sentinel Secondary School.
  • Students excel in a small, intimate class setting—limited to one division.

Late Immersion Admissions for 2018-2019

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017

Students who have successfully completed Grade 5 are eligible to apply for the Late French Immersion program in West Vancouver Schools. First priority will be given to students residing in West Vancouver.

Limited space available

Only one class of Grade 6 students new to French Immersion can be accommodated in WVS.

For students wishing to enter Grade 6 Late Immersion classes in September 2018, in-district applications will be accepted from October 16, 2017 to March 1, 2018. Out-of-district applications will be accepted from January 15 to March 1, 2018.

All applications must be submitted electronically, using West Vancouver School’s online registration form – click here

NB. Students who are currently attending Grade 5 in West Vancouver Schools must complete only the on-line registration form and are NOT  required to supply the additional documentation unless residential, immigration, or custody information has changed.

Out-of-district students, after submitting the online application, must ensure that all required documentation is submitted to the school office at Ecole Pauline Johnson (1150 – 22nd Street, West Vancouver) between 9:00 – 11:30am, Monday – Friday after January 15, 2018.

All supporting documentation for Late French Immersion out-of-district applications must be submitted before the student is placed on a wait list.


Do you have a child currently enrolled in Grade 5?

WVS offers the Late French Immersion program at École Pauline Johnson.


Late French Immersion? What is it?

  • Immersion programs (both Early and Late) are designed for students whose first language is other than French. Parents need NOT speak French.
  • The Late French Immersion program begins at grade 6 with students who have no previous training in the French language.
  • In the first year, all subjects are taught in French.
  • The English Language Arts are re-introduced in Grade 7, while other subjects continue to be taught in French
  • Students are integrated with students in the Early Immersion program at the secondary level at Sentinel Secondary School.
  • Students are encouraged to stay in the program through Grade 12 in order to attain a high degree of bilingualism and to receive a bilingual Dogwood graduation certificate.


Late French Immersion? What it is not?

  • It is NOT a one year program designed to give students an intensive introduction to the French language to make studying French easier in the regular French as a second language program (FSL).
  • It is NOT a program which has a screening process for admission. All students who have successfully completed Grade 5 are eligible for the program, with priority going to students residing in West Vancouver. One of the advantages of the Late Immersion program is that the students are old enough to become part of the decision making process.
  • The program is NOT an elitist program operating separately from the normal functioning of the school. Students in the Late Immersion program will participate in all school activities. It is expected that their educational experience will be enhanced at École Pauline Johnson where the French language environment is considered to be a key feature of the school. A rich selection of French language resources is also available and a variety of cultural and extra-curricular activities are offered in French.
  • It is NOT a program where English skills suffer. Research indicates that these skills tend to remain as good as those skills incorporated in the regular English program.
Program Goals
  • Develop language skills enabling students to participate easily in French conversation.
  • Provide an insight into the French culture.
  • Take post secondary education with French as the language of instruction.
  • Gain employment using French as the work language.
  • Achieve skills in all subject areas equivalent to those in the English program.