(Jenna Cocullo / The Northern View)

Prince Rupert says ‘Oui, s’il vous plaît’ to French immersion

Immersion enrolment numbers up again in the district

A new report released on Tuesday shows that French immersion enrolment in Prince Rupert continues to be on the rise, with class numbers increasing for the fourth consecutive year.

230 kids were signed up for the multi-lingual program in the 2018-19 academic year, according to Canadian Parents for French in B.C. and the Yukon. This represents approximately 12 per cent of total enroled students in School District 52.

The SD52 numbers slightly surpass the provincial average, where just under 10 per cent of students take French immersion. The provincial rise has now continued for the past 21 years, with immersion enrolment numbers jumping from 35,636 in 2004-5 to 53,995 last year.

French immersion numbers in Prince Rupert have been steadily increasing as of late. (Canadian Parents for French in B.C. and the Yukon)

Provincially French immersion numbers have been going up for more than two decades, according to numbers from the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Canadian Parents for French in B.C. and the Yukon)

Prince Rupert’s immersion increase has been taking place since 2015. In 2005-6 there were 157 students in the program. The numbers come despite a recent trend of declining enrolment overall in the district.

French immersion in SD52 starts at École Roosevelt Elementary, after which students complete the program at Prince Rupert Middle School and Charles Hays Secondary.

Alex Kurial | Journalist
Alex Kurial 
Send Alex email
Like the The Northern View on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

School District 52SchoolsSd52

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Skidegate Saints return to top of the Seniors Division with comeback effort against Metlakatla AK

Jesse Barnes wins MVP as Saints get revenge on Alaska side in All Native finale

Kitamaat women complete the three-peat at All Native

Haisla team unstoppable in final as they rout Hazelton; Adelia Paul back to back MVP

All Native Basketball: Women’s and Masters Finals all set for Saturday afternoon

Kitamaat vs Hazelton and Hydaburg vs New Aiyansh are the big draws

Wet’suwet’en return to camps near Houston, Coastal GasLink workers move through: First Nation

Opponents of a pipeline who support the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have reoccupied camps at centre of arrests

Northern Health recommends self-quarantine for people returning from Hubei

The healthcare provider said it isn’t neccessary for healthy children to wear face masks

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

Murder of sex worker exposes Canada’s hypocrisy on prostitution: advocate

A 2014 law made purchasing sex or benefiting from the selling of sex illegal

Over a dozen birds found mysteriously dead on rural B.C road

Ministry of Agriculture notified of the strange occurrence on No. 4 Road in Abbotsford

B.C. men arrested after theft of heavy equipment leads to highway blockade

One man surrendered to police while the other was taken into custody the next morning, RCMP say

PHOTOS: Trans Mountain hosts mock oil spill response practice in Kamloops

Practice comes after an excavator accidentally struck the pipeline near Jacko Lake in mid-February

Federal Indigenous services minister meets First Nation at rail blockade

Blockade on Tyendinaga Mohawk territory near Belleville, Ont., is in its 10th day

Canada’s flag was flown for first time 55 years ago today

The flag is used to celebrate wins in sports, honour Canada Day, and flown at half-mast after tragedy

No shirts, no city services: Firefighter calendar too steamy for Ontario officials

The city has never funded the calendars, but has OK’d photoshoots at city-owned properties

Most Read