French Immersion

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools is committed to French learning as an expression of our Canadian identity.  Students will develop French language proficiency and an appreciation for French culture in, and beyond, the classroom.  Throughout our division, students will experience excellent instruction through various French programs.

La commission scolaire Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools se dédie à l’apprentissage de la langue française en tant qu’expression de notre identité Canadienne. Les étudiant(e)s viseront à développer une aisance linguistique, une appréciation de la langue française à l’école ainsi qu’une appréciation de la culture francophone dans leur quotidien. Au sein de notre commission scolaire, les étudiant(e)s vivront un apprentissage remarquable par le biais de nos programmes de français riches et variés. 

Christ the Redeemer School Division currently offers both Early and Late French Immersion in the Okotoks community.  Early French Immersion is offered at École Good Shepherd School beginning in Kindergarten. Our Early French Immersion program offers most courses in French with the exception of Religion and an English Language Arts component. The Late French Immersion program starts in Grade 7 at St. John Paul II Collegiate. French is the language of instruction in the four core subject areas: Francais, Math, Social Studies, and Science. Religion, Physical Education, Music and options are taught in English. Immersion students remain with their own class for the core subjects but mix with English stream students for the option courses. All students are still required to take English Language Arts. French Immersion course offerings continue at Holy Trinity Academy until Grade 12. 

French Immersion is designed for students of non-French-speaking families who wish to become functionally bilingual by the time they graduate from high school. Besides helping students gain a better understanding of a new culture and its traditions, French Immersion will enhance cognitive functions and communication skills, give students a base from which they may learn more languages, facilitate travelling in French-speaking and Latin-based language countries, as well as an advantage in pursuing various post-secondary and career opportunities. Students who are motivated to learn French and who enjoy a challenge will benefit from this opportunity for personal growth and enrichment!