Optional French Programs

Kids laying in the grass holding up small sign that says FRENCH

Core French is a compulsory course for all students in Nova Scotia from Grades 4 to 9, as per the Public School Program. Students develop their French oral, reading and writing skills by participating in a variety of French literacy-based learning opportunities for approximately 10% of their instruction.

In addition to the Core French Program, CCRCE also offers the following Optional French Programs for students who wish to spend more time learning in French:

  • Early Immersion - Grade Primary Entry Point (approximately 80% of learning time in French)
  • Middle Immersion - Grade 4 Entry Point (Celtic Family of Schools only) (approx. 70% of learning time in French)
  • Late Immersion - Grade 7 Entry Point (approximately 70% of learning time in French)
  • Integrated French - Grade 7 Entry Point (approximately 25-30% of learning time in French)

Where are Optional French Programs Offered?

  • Early French Immersion: Truro Elementary School, Spring Street Academy, Elmsdale District School and A.G. Baillie Memorial School.
  • Middle French Immersion: West Pictou Consolidated.
  • Late French Immersion: Redcliff Middle School, Bible Hill Junior High (Grades 8 & 9), Cobequid Educational Centre (Grades 10-12)
  • Integrated French Program: Dr. W. A. MacLeod Consolidated (Riverton), E.B. Chandler Junior High (Amherst), Redcliff Middle School (Bible Hill), Truro Junior High School (Truro), Central Colchester Junior High (Onslow), Riverside Education Centre (Milford), South Colchester Academy (Brookfield).

Optional French Programs Contact Information

If You Would Like To Learn More About Optional French Programs:

Programs Administrative Assistant

Claudette Lanteigne
E-mail Claudette

Programs Coordinator

Stéphane Duguay
E-mail Stéphane


Jessica Hinton
Regional French Immersion and Early Literacy Support Consultant P-6
902 324-9954 Cell
902 897-8951 Office
E-mail Jessica

Stephanie Burke
Regional French Consultant for 4-12 French Programs
(Core French 4-12 and 7-12 French Optional French Programs)
Office – Hants East Rural High
E-mail Stephanie

French Math Mentor

Melinda Crowell
Base School – Bible Hill Junior High
E-mail Melinda

Core French Literacy/Technology Integration Mentors Grades 4-12

Jana Marcus
Base School – Hants East Rural High School
E-mail Jana

Lindsay Crossman-Wheaton
Base School – E.B. Chandler Junior HIgh School
E-mail Lindsay

French Immersion Literacy Mentor P-6

Martha Shephard-Duguay
Regional French Literacy P-6
Office – Truro Elementary School
902 956-8654 Cell
E-mail Martha

7-12 French Language Instructional Coach

(50% 7-12 French Literacy Mentor for the Integrated /Immersion Programs and 50% French Programs Inclusion Specialist)

Matthew Fullerton
E-mail Matthew

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