French Immersion

French Immersion

Sturgeon Public Schools is thrilled to announce the expansion of our French Immersion program to the high school level. Sturgeon Composite High School now offers French Immersion programming, featuring French-taught courses in the Humanities Department.

What is French Immersion?

French Immersion is a program designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn and study the French language in a variety of subjects. The goal of the program is to help students become proficient in French by providing a fully immersive environment where French is the primary language of instruction.

Students in the French Immersion program will receive the same curriculum as their peers, but all instruction will be in French. This allows students to develop their French language skills while still meeting their requirements for graduation.

Program Details

High school students enrolling at SCHS have the opportunity to participate in our French Immersion program by registering for:

  • French Language Arts (FLA) 10
  • Études Sociales 10
  • French Language Arts (FLA) 20
  • Études Sociales 20
Beginning in the 2025-2026 school year, these courses will also be offered at the 30 level. We are excited about the growth of our French Immersion program and eagerly anticipate the potential to offer Sciences and Math courses in French in the future, depending on enrolment.

Why Choose French Immersion?

The vision of French Immersion at Sturgeon Public Schools is to empower non-French speaking students to become bilingual, unlocking the cognitive and social benefits that come with fluency in two languages. Our students will gain proficiency in both French and English, opening up a world of opportunities in international business, travel, and multilingual fields such as diplomacy, international relations, and humanitarian aid. Through our French Immersion programming, students will have the chance to develop a valuable skill set that will serve them well throughout their academic and professional journeys.


If you are interested in enrolling in the French Immersion program at Sturgeon Composite High School, please contact the school's office. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you get started on your French language learning journey!

Phone: 780-973-3301


FAQs for Parents/Guardians

How does French Immersion differ from Francophone instruction?

Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees French language instruction to francophone students whose first language is French. The native language of the learner is French. In a Francophone program, all courses, cores and electives, are taught in the French language and correspondence to the parent/guardian is in French.

Does Alberta have a French Immersion High School diploma upon graduation?

Alberta does not currently offer a bilingual diploma, however, courses taken in the French language are identified on a student’s transcript. Should a student complete a course taken in French, that course will be indicated on the student’s official transcript.

What is the difference between the Language Arts programs? (ie FLA, FSL, and Français)

FLA is French Language Arts for non-native French speakers. This course is completed while being a French Immersion learner.

FSL is French as a Second language, a Language Arts course for non-native French speakers taking French as an elective in a regular stream.

Français is the Language Arts course that a student completes in a Francophone school for native French speakers.

How do I help my child with their homework if I don't speak French?

Classroom assignments must comply with the curriculum outlined by Alberta Education.The qualified language teacher will progressively increase the learning tasks based on the student’s abilities. Should a student require additional support, the classroom teacher and the parent/guardian will work as a team to address the needs of the learner. Parents/guardians are always welcome to speak with the teacher to collaborate on ways to assist their  child(ren) throughout their years of learning.

Can my child write their provincial exams in French OR English?

A French Immersion student can write a provincial exam in either English or French despite the language of instruction being in French, with the exception of the Language Arts exams. The transcripts of the course mark will be posted in the language of instruction. The exam will be identified in the language in which it was completed. 

For example, a French Immersion student taking Social 30 will have Études Sociales 30 as the course name on the transcript but could have Social 30 as the exam on the transcript if the student writes the exam in English.

What are Language Arts challenge exams?

A French Immersion student is able to challenge an FSL exam and receive extra credit in Language Arts. During each year of high school, the teacher can administer that respective year’s FSL challenge exam. For instance, a grade 10 French Immersion student will be taking FLA 10 but can write the FSL 10 challenge exam during the year at a time chosen by the teacher. Either mark, FLA or FSL, can be used toward the Rutherford Scholarship and toward the student’s grade point average (GPA). A challenge exam can be written in all 3 years of High School. However, writing the exam only in the last year, Grade 12, does not give a retroactive mark for grades 10 and 11.

What is the DELF exam?

The Diplôme d’études de Langue Française is a series of exams administered to non-native French speakers as a method to measure a standard of comprehension based on the CERF. The exams can be taken as early as elementary level. The exam comprises 4 components of communication: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. A passing grade of 50% on each skill is required to be awarded the diploma. At Sturgeon Public Schools, students in grade 9 are eligible for the B1 diploma and students in grade 12 typically complete the B2 level. A student at the B1 level can converse independently and can maintain a conversation. A student at the B2 level gives evidence of fluency, independence, and spontaneity in regular interactions.

What qualifications must a French Immersion Teacher at Sturgeon Public Schools have?

A teacher applying for an available position in French Immersion at Sturgeon Public Schools must meet the minimum requirement of a B2 level competency. In addition, the shortlisted candidate completes an oral and a written component during the interview process.