Research and studies show that learning two languages has positive impacts on children. Whether French is the child's first language or second language, there are numerous benefits of learning French that will last a lifetime.
The francophone school is a learning environment integrating linguistic, cultural and societal aspects of the francophone community. In Saskatchewan, French education is under the mandate of the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises. Research demonstrates that the advantages of studying in francophone schools in a minority language situation.
What Fransaskois schools have to offer
Saskatchewan's 15 francophone schools are designed for students of French language heritage. Francophone schools offer a quality education with French as the primary language of instruction. This is a program which includes the required English classes from Grade 4 onward. Your child does not need to speak French before enrolling in a francophone school.
Differences between francophone and French immersion schools
- All subjects except English are taught in French from preschool to Grade 12, whereas in French immersion high schools, gradually more subjects are taught in English.
- All activities in francophone schools take place in French.
Francophone schools offer the same language arts curriculum that is provided in all Saskatchewan schools and students are required to pass the same departmental exams that students in all schools write.
As an integral part of Saskatchewan's francophone community, a francophone school allows children with a Francophone background to share their culture and heritage. The Fransaskois community is growing more and more diverse as Francophones from across the world move to Saskatchewan.
People that grew up in a francophone family or that are of francophone heritage have a constitutional right to send their children to Fransaskois schools and may consider sending their children to a francophone schools which is designed specifically to:
- guarantee a bilingual environment;
- promote a sense of cultural identity and belonging to the community;
- strengthen children's pride in being francophone;
- help children to define themselves as part of dynamic and diverse group;
- allow children to grow by preparing them for an interdependent and evolving world.
For more information on Fransaskois schools, refer to the Conseil des écoles fransaskoise website to find the school nearest you.