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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 8-10
  • Français langue 11 (4 course options – see below)
  • Français langue 12
  • Sciences humaines 8-10
  • 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
  • Communication orale 11 and 12
  • Langue et culture de la francophonie 11 and 12
  • Médias et communication numérique 11 and 12
  • Études du cinéma et littérature francophones 11 and 12
  • Éducation à la carrière 12
*Please note that not all optional French courses are offered at each French Immersion secondary site.

The major goal of the North Vancouver School District’s French Immersion program is to provide the opportunity for non-francophone students to become functionally bilingual in English and French

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


In the spring, Grade 11 and 12 students have the option to participate in the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF), an internationally recognized external accreditation exam to validate their skills in French. In addition to these opportunities, the North Vancouver School District offers two trips for students – to Québec and Orléans, France.

It is important to note that students can be enrolled in French Immersion and participate in other academies (such as Digital Media, Sport and Fine Arts academies) offered by the North Vancouver School District at various school sites.