French Immersion

Regional Centres for Education in Nova Scotia may offer a French Immersion program to those students in Anglophone schools who wish to develop a greater degree of competence in French. The immersion program is an alternative approach to learning French within a structure that provides greater intensity for learning and teaching and focuses on literacy through the various disciplines taught in French.

Nova Scotia offers two entry points into French Immersion.  Early French Immersion begins in grade Primary and continues to grade 12. Students in this program receive 85-100 percent instruction in French at the P-2 level, 70-80 percent instruction in French at the grades 4-6 level, 70-75 percent instruction in French at the junior high level, and 50 percent instruction in French at the senior high level. The 50 percent of instructional time in French Immersion at the high school level represents a minimum of nine credits taught in French (excluding Core French).

Late French Immersion begins in grade 7 and continues to grade 12. In each year of junior high, students take five courses in which the language of instruction is French. This constitutes 70-75 percent of instruction in French. Courses taught in Late French Immersion from grades 7 to 9 are French Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science and Healthy Living. The content of these subjects taught in French parallels that offered in the English program.


Beginning this September, teachers will enhance their focus on ensuring that every student transitions effectively to their new grade level. This requires an acknowledgement that opportunities to learn were different for children during at-home learning and that COVID-19 produced or increased disproportional access and opportunities for some students. This is not a reflection of a student’s ability to learn but rather their opportunity to learn. A focus is needed to raise the skill level of learners. To support this work, Foundational Outcome documents (9-12 and mathematics P-12) and supplementary support documents (P-12) have been created for subjects and grades.

For courses at primary to 8 that have already been renewed, supplementary documents can be found in the resource section for each course on this website. For courses that have not been renewed, Foundational Outcome documents can be found in the At-a-Glance section of each course that they have been developed for, at this time. Supplementary documents for these courses will be housed in the resource section.  Additional materials to support teachers can be accessed from the e-learning site.