French Immersion at William Aberhart
William Aberhart High School offers a French Immersion Program which is designed for both Continuing and Late French Immersion students coming from junior high schools. This is a program in which French is the language of instruction for a major part of the school day. Subjects taught in French over the course of three years are French Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies. The main objective of this program is to acquire functional fluency in French, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the French culture. Even though French Immersion is for the most part designed for students whose first language is not French, our school welcomes francophone students who want to be part of the program.
All students completing our French Immersion program are entitle to receive the “CBE - French Immersion Certificate of Achievement” worth a minimum of 45 credits. In order to obtain this certificate, students MUST take all three subjects (French Mathematics, French Language Arts and French Social Studies) throughout their three years of high school. Exceptions will be made ONLY if a subject such as French Mathematics 20-3 is not offered by our program. If a student decides not to complete all 45 credits in French Immersion, an official school “Letter of Achievement in French Immersion” may be given to the student indicating the number of credits obtained. Students who enroll in the French Immersion program are expected to make the commitment to remain in the program for their three years in high school. Students choosing to withdraw from the program may be asked to enroll in their designated High School. Students coming into this program must be motivated to continue learning French, and are expected to speak French during classes as well as have a strong work ethic. The expected outcome is related to the total amount of exposure to the language. Therefore, we recommend all Immersion students to take all courses (15 credits per year/3 courses) offered each school year with a minimum of one course in French per semester so students have exposure to French the entire year.
*It is important to note that for FLA 30-2 has no diploma exam and French Social Studies and Math 30-2 have a diploma exam.