|French Immersion Enrollment Reaches 14th Year of Growth|
June 5, 2012
Vancouver – With the closing of another school year, Canadian Parents for French – BC & Yukon Branch is pleased to announce yet another year of increased enrollment in the province’s French Immersion program. In fact, 2011-12 marks a record fourteenth consecutive year of growth for French Immersion in British Columbia.
According to data for 2011-12 provided by the BC Ministry of Education, 46,856 public school students were enrolled in French Immersion programs, an increase of 2,008 students over the previous year. French Immersion students now account for 8.1% of the total public school enrolment, a record setting statistic in Canada’s westernmost province.
Table 1 - French Immersion- Enrolment Statistics 2011-2012 - BC Public Schools only
“For more than 40 years, French Immersion in Canada has had overwhelmingly positive results, and is often recognized as one of the most successful language-teaching programs in the world,” said Debra Pool, CPF BC & Yukon President. “CPF members continue to work with local school districts and community organizations to help strengthen and expand French Second Language educational and cultural programming. Unfortunately, the increasing demand for French Immersion still outweighs the seat capacity in many districts resulting in capped enrollment. It is therefore important that we continue to expect and plan for sustained program growth.”