French immersion is a highly successful approach to second language learning – an effective way for students to become functionally fluent in French while achieving all of the objectives of the regular school program. This program is designed for students whose first language is not French. The objective is full mastery of the English language, functional fluency in French, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the French culture.
Harry Ainlay is an Edmonton Public High School site for this program. The French Immersion program at Harry Ainlay School offers a variety of courses and provides maximum flexibility in conjunction with the regular and International Baccalaureate courses that are offered.
Students entering the program in Grade 10 will complete their core academic courses in French as outlined below. The remainder of their program will include English Language Arts, Physical Education and additional option courses. These courses will be studied in English.
Students at Harry Ainlay who complete requirements for the continuing French immersion and late immersion programs are eligible for a district French Immersion Certiﬁcate.
In addition to this certiﬁcate of accomplishment, Edmonton Public Schools will also facilitate the writing of the DELF exam at the B2 Level. This ofﬁcial French Language Diploma will assist students who wish to have international recognition of their language skills.
The following courses are available in the French Immersion Program and are offered annually where numbers permit.