Delivery of French immersion in Central Okanagan examined

School district to hold public consultation meetings to discuss programs for 2,300 French immersion students in the district

  • Sun Oct 2nd, 2016 8:00pm
  • News

The Central Okanagan School District is holding a series of public meetings this month to address French Immersion needs.

With more than 2,300 students registered in the French Immersion program this year, and numbers steadily growing, the School District has made a commitment to review the current delivery structure of the French Immersion Program and explore other options in order to design optimal language learning experiences for our students (K-12).

To do this, the Board of Education brought together a Task Force comprised of parents, teachers, principals, vice-principals, district staff, trustees and community partners to review options to guide future planning.

The Task Force met six times during the 2015-2016 school year and were committed to developing a plan that was learner focused –students learning with language proficiency and cultural understanding – and one that presented inclusive, accessible, flexible, sustainable and well-resourced options for the Board of Education’s consideration.

As a result, the Task Force co-designed multiple options which addressed short term needs and long-term goals. Options were presented to the Board of Education and stakeholders in May of 2016. This concluded Phase One of the Consultation Process.

The Board of Education is now beginning Phase Two of the Public Consultation Process. Three Regional Public

Consultation meetings will be held to consider the strengths, opportunities and challenges of the Dr. Knox Middle

option and Springvalley Middle option. Public comment and input will be collected and collated to help inform the Board of Education.

Regional French Immersion Public Consultation Meetings:

Central Okanagan Public School families are invited:

• Monday, October 17, 6:00-8:00pm

cole KLO Middle School – Library

3130 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC

• Tuesday, October 18, 6:00-8:00pm

Hollywood Road Education Centre – Room 2

1040 Hollywood Road S, Kelowna, BC

• Monday, October 24, 6:00-8:00

Mount Boucherie Secondary School – Multi-Purpose Room

2751 Cameron Road, West Kelowna