Middle French Immersion

*** Please note the Middle French Immersion intake has been suspended for the 2016/17 school year due to the uncertainty in regards to the current wildfire situation. 

An exciting program for students entering French Immersion in Grade 4

Ecole St. Paul School provides the opportunity for students to enter French Immersion in Grade 4 (Middle Entry). A popular and successful program in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Ecole St. Paul School was the first Alberta School to offer this program.

Students can now enter French Immersion in Preschool (Premier Pas Early Entry), Kindergarten, Grade 1 or in Grade 4. Students can then continue to Ecole Secondaire Sainte Trinité (Holy Trinity Catholic High School) and earn their Bilingual High School Diploma.

The Middle French Immersion Program is a District wide initiative, but it is only offered at Ecole St. Paul School. All students entering Grade 4 in Fort McMurray are eligible for this new program and bussing will be provided throughout the city.

Charateristics of the ideal Middle French Immersion Candidate

Middle Immersion is best suited for a student who:

– is performing well in English Language Arts;

– has strong work and study habits;

–  has a positive attitude towards learning a new language;

–  is not afraid to make mistakes and take risks;

–  is looking for an enriched program and for challenges

Do any of these characteristics describe your child? If so, you may be interested in the possibility of enrolling your child in the Middle Immersion Program.

Looking for more information?

You can also contact our staff at Ecole St. Paul School at 780-799-5760 or by e-mail at sp@fmcschools.ca. Our staff will be pleased to answer any questions on the Middle French Immersion opportunity or on any other programs available within our District.

Canadian Parents for French (CFP) is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion on the teaching of French as a second language in Canada.  Valuable information is available on their web site at www.cpf.ca


–   Middle French Immersion – L’immersion médiale

–   One child – Two languages – Many opportunities

–   Entry in grade 4

–   Middle immersion grades 4,5,6

–   Entry into the regular French Immersion program at Holy Trinity for grades 7-12

–   Is very structured and specifically designed for students whose first language is not French

–   Is exciting and rewarding

–   Has cross-curricular activities

“Grade 4 is the ideal starting point.  At that age, students are eager to learn and more apt to take risks.”

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Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education
9809 Main St.
Fort McMurray, AB, T9H 1T7

Phone: 780-799-5700
Fax:     780-799-5706


Superintendent of Schools:
George McGuigan
Deputy Superintendent-
Inclusive Education
Monica Mankowski
Secretary Treasurer:
Francois Gagnon