In a recent article in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix I have found out that the French Immersion program in Saskatoon is expanding into two more schools in September of 2013. At Lakeview School in Saskatoon the number of French Immersion Students has doubled in the past 5 years which has put it 20% over capacity. College Park school is in a similar boat with its French Immersion program being at 110% capacity.
With the growth in Saskatoon real estate and our economy our city has become much more cosmopolitan with many newcomers wanting their children to be bilingual and often times multilingual. At the College Park School the number of students jumped from 189 in 2007 to 273 in 2012 with many of those kids coming from the northeast part of Saskatoon. Most of the growth is with Kindergarten and Grade 1 students and preteens getting into the late immersion programs.
French Immersion schooling in Saskatoon will now also be offered at Forest Grove School and Centennial Collegiate in September. The programs will start with just the Grade 9 class in Centennial and expand each year from there and at Forest Grove School they will be from Kindergarten to Grade 4, expanding to each subsequent grade each year.
French Immersion in Saskatoon was also introduced to Alvin Buckwold School in September 2012 to help accomodate the major growth in Stonebridge. As a REALTOR® in Saskatoon I have seen this growth and expansion take place very quickly.
French Immersion is currently being offered at 3 high schools: Marion Graham in the North end, Tommy Douglas on the far West end and Walter Murray on the East side of Saskatoon. Walter Murray has seen an increase of 25% during the past 5 years and with the number of high school students coming out of the late-immersion program there is need for another high school program, which Centennial will help with.
I often get Saskatoon real estate buyers who are moving in from out of province who ask about French Immersion Programs in Saskatoon so I am happy to be able to advise them that there are more schools in Saskatoon now offering the program. I think it is great that so many parents are encouraging their children to learn multiple languages. Our city is always changing and evolving with the growth we are experiencing and language is just one part of that.
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