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Secondary French Immersion

Secondary French Immersion

The North Vancouver School District offers students enrolled in French Immersion the opportunity to continue their studies at the secondary level at Écoles Argyle, Handsworth and Windsor.  Students enrolled in the school district’s French Immersion program must complete a total of 13 courses in French through Grades 8-12 in order to meet the requirement for the Bilingual Dogwood Graduation Diploma.   



Required French Courses

All French Immersion students must take the following French courses:

  • Français langue 8,  9, and 10 
  • Français langue 11* (4 course options – see below) 
  • Français langue 12 
  • Sciences humaines 8, 9 and 10 
  • Senior level Social Studies course (Explorations en sciences humaines et sociales 11 or Histoire 12) 


Optional French Courses

French Immersion students must complete a minimum of four optional courses in French. At least one of these optional courses must be at the Grade 10 or 11 level. Optional French courses may include:
  • Sciences naturelles 8, 9, and 10 
  • Éducation physique et santé 8 and 9 
  • Éducation artistique (Culture et communication) 9   
  • Éducation au choix de carrière et de vie 10 
  • *Français langue 11: Communication orale 
  • *Français langue 11 : Études du cinéma et de la littérature francophones 
  • *Français langue 11: Langue et culture de la francophonie 
  • *Français langue 11 : Médias et communication numérique  
  • Éducation au choix de carrière et de vie 12 


Please Note: Course selection is dependent on course availability at each secondary French Immersion school.  Some optional courses may be considered as required courses. There are options available through North Vancouver Online Learning for students requiring flexibility in their course schedule. Counsellors at your child's school are available to clarify, discuss, and answer questions regarding course selection, planning, and scheduling. 

Socio-cultural Opportunities 

Cultural awareness and understanding of the French language are enhanced by various socio-cultural opportunities provided by the North Vancouver School District in collaboration with the Canadian Parents for French (North Vancouver Chapter). These extra-curricular opportunities may include:  

  • Festival du film 
  • Concours d’art oratoire 
  • Français pour l’avenir 
  • Idélire (French author visit) 
  • Cultural exchanges  

It is important to note that students can be enrolled in French Immersion and can participate in other academies (including Digital Media, Sports, and Fine Arts ) offered by the North Vancouver School District, schedules permitting.