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ECSD Online French Immersion


Grades 4-9

Edmonton Catholic Schools will offer French Immersion online programming for Grades 4 to 9. We are committed to creating an inclusive learning community for all students to develop linguistic competency and critical thinking skills as engaged citizens who humbly serve God and one another. The online programming follows the regular Alberta Education curriculum for French studies. At the Elementary level, the language of instruction for all subjects except Religion is French, and students also have regular English Language Arts classes. At the Junior and Senior High level, students receive between 60 and 80 per cent of their instruction in French. Students may be required to leave their current school community to access online programming.

French Immersion Programming for Grades 4 to 9

We will only offer online French Immersion programming for Grades 4 to 9. We believe students must be immersed in the French language throughout the school day for them to gradually develop their speaking and reading skills. We do not feel the online environment will support early learners. It is critical students receive face-to-face interaction when exposed to a new language.   Online classes will not be offered at the high school level due to low online enrolment in Grades 10 to 12.

We are committed to offering: a virtual experience that operates in the same manner as in-person learning

We believe that great teaching is great teaching regardless of the setting. Our online teachers are skilled in providing virtual instruction that is both engaging and effective.  We are committed to consistent feedback and assessment for students and parents/guardians. A daily schedule will be established and followed. It will lay down the foundation for routine and include structured start and end times. We are focused on connecting with our online students despite the distance and will focus on creating a classroom community.

We are asking our parents/guardians to commit to: a shared goal of student success

Critical to the success of our students in online programming is a shared commitment. We are asking our parents/guardians to be a supportive participant in their child’s online education. We believe a parent/guardian commitment is required to realize a successful online learning experience where there is a shared responsibility on the part of the student, parent/guardian, and teacher. This is especially critical in the elementary years. Student success at all grades is tied to regular attendance and engagement. Students will be learning synchronously online and follow a schedule that requires active attendance and participation throughout the day. 

Parents/guardians will need to ensure their child has a device that can access Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams. The device can be a Chromebook, laptop, or desktop computer with Windows 10 or higher. It is imperative to have a reliable internet connection. 

Online Learning is for:

  • Students who are highly motivated and independent learners;
  • Students able to engage in the daily routines and expectations of the school;
  • Students who have medical issues which make in-person classes difficult;
  • Students transitioning from home education;
  • Students who have parents/guardians that can partner with the school in supporting the student in their learning.

 We are encouraging families to see the online programming not as a short-term solution but as the best option for their child’s long-term success. For some students, the virtual classroom will elevate their educational experience while others may thrive best in an in-person learning environment. 

We encourage you to consult with your child’s school before making a decision.


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