Grande Prairie Public School District’s first year offering Late Entry French Immersion to grade five students has passed the half way mark, and so far, the response is all positive.
Superintendent Carol Ann McDonald says at the open house earlier this month, she had the chance to sit down with the mother of a student.
“It has been an absolute blessing in her life; her son has been challenged, and loves coming to school every day. The immersion level already of the students, it’s just remarkable.”
Students who missed entry at kindergarten can now start French Immersion in grade five, and join up with the grade nines in high school.
18 students are in the class at École Montrose this year, and McDonald says they plan to keep it under 22 for next year, as it’s an intensive program.
At least eight families have already committed.