Yellowknife Catholic Schools
Ecole St. Patrick School

French Immersion

École St. Patrick High School is a dual track school with a commitment to immersion.

École St. Patrick High School has approximately 550 students attending each year. Its progressive teaching methodologies, dual track approach, and collective school spirit reflects the commitment of administration, teachers, students, and parents. In both 1998 and 2001, our school was the recipient of the Conference Board of Canada Award for Partnerships in Education.

Students who have been registered in a French Immersion program may continue their bilingual studies at École St. Patrick High School.

Grade 12 students who have completed at least 50 credits in French Immersion courses will be eligible for a bilingual certificate and those who have completed between 35 and 49 credits in French will be eligible for a French proficiency certificate.

At the grade 9 level, students spend 50% of their time in French Immersion classes. At the grade 10, 11, and 12 levels, students have the opportunity to spend up to 50% of their time in French, depending on their timetable choices.

Grade 9 Immersion

  • French Language Arts
  • Études Sociales 9
  • Science 9
  • Religion 9
  • Math 9

Grade 10 Immersion

  • French Language Arts 10
  • É tudes Sociales 10
  • Science 10
  • Math 10 Pure
  • É tudes Religieuses 15
  • É tudes Nordiques

Grade 11 Immersion

  • French Language Arts 20
  • É tudes Sociales 20
  • Math 20 Pure
  • Biologie 20
  • Carrière et Vie/Religion 25

Grade 12 Immersion

  • French Language Arts 30
  • É tudes Sociales 30
  • Biologie 30

Resources:

Our Media Centre is very well equipped for the French Immersion program with music, books, videos, magazines, and newspapers. Our French collection continues to grow each year.

Program Highlights

Our French Immersion students have had many travel opportunities over the years. They have visited Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, France and even Jamaica on class trips! Visiting historical sites, learning about French culture, and of course speaking French are integral components of a dynamic French Immersion program. Strong leadership at the district level together with a dedicated staff and supportive administration helps ensure the sustenance and growth of this valuable program.

Throughout each school year, French Immersion students also participate in community-based activities. Some of these include:

  • Hosting French radio shows
  • Participating in theatre initiatives
  • French Immersion retreats
  • Judging science fairs
  • Helping out at École St. Joseph School’s Annual Camp de Neige
  • French Improv Games
  • Taking part in the Francophone Games as athletes, artists and group leaders
  • French Youth Parliament

* These valuable learning opportunities are widely promoted by our teachers and guidance counsellors and form an integral part of our French Immersion Program.

What do our students have to say?

Why did you continue pursuing French Immersion in High School?

“ I continued in French Immersion so that I could receive my full bilingual certificate after graduation.”

Is the French Immersion program satisfying your needs at St. Patrick High School?

“ Yes. Being in French Immersion gives its students more attention from the teachers due to the small numbers of students in our classes. It gives you not only better job opportunities, but also opportunities to travel.”

You are about to graduate from École St. Patrick High School. How valuable to you is your completion of the French Immersion program?

“ The completion of my French Immersion program is extremely important to me. I’ve been in the program since kindergarten and to graduate with a bilingual certificate gives me great satisfaction. I have enjoyed the experience and will be continuing my education at the Faculté Saint-Jean at the University of Alberta"