French Immersion

Based on interest, Mackenzie Community School (MCS) offers an Extended French program for grades 5-8. Any student may enroll who meets the eligibility criteria. 

Students who opt for Extended French receive 150 minutes/week in addition to the 120 minutes/week offered in Core French. Extended French grade 5/6 students take Social Studies in French, while Extended French grade 7/8 students take History in French.

Parents/guardians and students do not have to speak French at home. Students enrolled in Extended French benefit from strong organizational skills as information is often presented at a faster pace. A keen motivation to learn French is also beneficial.


Students who wish to apply for Extended French must meet the following criteria:

  • Acceptable performance in the regular academic program and acceptable learning skills;
  • A satisfactory degree of student motivation and commitment;
  • Acceptable performance in French as a Second Language (FSL) core program;
  • Joint decision by parents/guardians and students;
  • The recommendation of the FSL teacher and principal; and
  • Support at home that encourages learning and effort.

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