Early French Immersion registration, as well as Grade 1 French Immersion, takes place January 9 – 13, 2017 in person at your French Immersion catchment area school.
Any student entering Kindergarten or Grade 1 can enroll in French Immersion in the Greater Victoria School District. French Immersion is offered at 9 elementary schools. No prior knowledge of French is expected or required. Transportation is the responsibility of parents.
Families who register during the week of January 9 – 13, 2017 have priority for placement.
Note: Regular Kindergarten program registration takes place the week of January 23 – 27, 2017 as well as all kindergarten transfer requests.
Registration is not based on a first come first served basis. For schools where there are fewer spaces than the number of applicants, a random, supervised draw will take place in accordance to the priorities below.
To register, please bring:
- Proof of your child’s age and citizenship status. This can be a birth certificate, passport, landed immigrant authorization. Parents of children who are not Canadian Citizens or Landed Immigrants or do not have a birth certificate for their child are required to contact our International Student Program at (ph.) 250-592-6871 prior to registration.
- Proof of your address. This can be your driver’s license, a utility bill with your current postal code, etc.
- Your child’s BC Medical Care Card.
Determining your French Immersion Catchment School
Any applications missing the required documentation as of 4 pm on Friday, January 13, 2017, will not be considered for priority placement. Schools will verify the applicant’s residential address to ensure students are registered at their French Immersion catchment school.
Program placements will be offered according to the following priorities:
- In catchment
- Out of catchment but unable to access catchment school
- Out of catchment
- Out of district
All French Immersion placements are based on the availability of space and facilities. Placement of students will take place in accordance to the following priorities. Students will be placed based on the draw order. Wait lists will also be established according to the draw order.
Notification of Placement
Families will be notified of the results via e-mail and a mailed letter.
Notification will take place during the week of January 16-20, 2017.
Note: Students not accepted into French Immersion for Kindergarten MUST re-register at their English catchment school during Kindergarten Registration Week (January 23 – 27, 2017).
Families registering a student with an older sibling in attendance at a school the following September can register directly at that school; they do not need to register at their designated French Immersion catchment school. Sibling preference is given only to those families with a child already at that particular school at the time of registration and in September of the following year. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten or Grade 1 French Immersion would have sibling preference if there is an older brother or sister at that school in kindergarten through grade 4. Sibling priority would not apply for a new registration with a sibling in grade 5, as the grade 5 student will not be in attendance at the same school in September. Sibling priority would also not apply when registering more than one child at the same time.
Siblings will have priority if the applicant’s sibling is currently enrolled at the school and will continue to attend the same school during the next school year.
In the event, a school receives more applications for either Kindergarten or Grade 1 French Immersion than the number of seats it can accommodate, the priority order of registrants will be determined by a random school draw. Due to strong demand, the draw process is introduced on a school by school basis to ensure equitable access to each catchment family wishing to pursue immersion as a district program of choice.
- If the number of sibling registrants exceeds the number of available spaces the school can accommodate, priority order will be determined by sibling school draw.
- All other in-catchment registrants will then be wait-listed in accordance to an in-catchment school draw.
- Students will have the opportunity to be considered for placement at another dual track elementary school provided the Early French Immersion Alternate School Choice form is completed during Early French Immersion Registration week. See # 3 below.
- Once siblings have been placed, in-catchment students will be placed.
- If the number of in-catchment registrants exceeds the number of available spaces the school can accommodate, priority order will be determined by in-catchment school draw.
- Students not placed will be wait-listed according to draw order.
- Students will have the opportunity to be considered for placement at another dual track elementary school provided the Alternate Early French Immersion School Choice form is completed during Early French Immersion Registration week. See # 3 below.
3. Out of catchment but unable to access catchment school
- In the event an in-catchment student is unable to attend their catchment dual track school, parents are encouraged to select an alternate dual track school choice on the Early French Immersion Alternate School Choice form. More than one choice can be selected.
- Alternate choices to a catchment school must be made during registration week to be considered.
- Student names will be entered into an out of catchment draw for the alternate schools indicated on the Early French Immersion Alternate Choice form.
4. Out of catchment (transfer requests)
- Kindergarten students wishing to attend an Early French Immersion program other than their designated catchment school can apply for transfer during regular program Kindergarten Registration Week. Families can also apply for transfer during the District’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 Student Transfer Process that follows Kindergarten Registration Week.
- No draw is introduced for transfer requests.
- For more information on the Kindergarten transfer process please follow this link Kindergarten Transfer Process 2017
5. Out of district
- If the number of out of district registrants exceeds the number of available spaces the school can accommodate, priority order will be determined by an out of district school draw.
In the event of a draw, one ballot will be entered into the draw for families with twins. If drawn, both twins will be offered placement in the program at the same school.
Should an opening occur once all available seats have been allocated, it will be offered to parents on the wait-list in priority order.
If a parent accepts a spot for their child at a school which is not their catchment school, they will be offered the next available space at the original catchment school according to draw order.
Note: Students who were previously on a wait-list for Kindergarten French Immersion and are still interested in French Immersion the following year must reapply for grade 1 entry into the program.
Registration for Early French Immersion takes place during the week of January 9 – 13, 2017 and must be completed and submitted by 4:00 pm on Friday January 13, 2017. While the registration form must be filled out in person at your French Immersion catchment school during this time frame, there is no advantage to a parent completing it first.
All late applications received after the communicated registration deadline will be added to the end of an established wait list.
Late sibling and late in-catchment registrations will have priority consideration over out of catchment wait-listed students, provided space is available.
Students not accepted into their French Immersion school of choice for Kindergarten must re-register at their English catchment school during Kindergarten Registration Week (January 23 – 27, 2017).
French Immersion Pathways
|Immersion Students from||attend Middle Immersion at||and Secondary at|
|George Jay||Central||Victoria High|
|Margaret Jenkins||Central||Oak Bay|
|Sir James Douglas||Central||Victoria High|