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(780) 623-8386

stecatherine@centreest.ca

10309-102 Avenue

Lac La Biche, Alberta

8:30AM - 3:18PM

Monday-Friday

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(780) 623-8386

saintecatherine@centreest.ca

10309-102 Avenue

Lac La Biche, Alberta

8:40AM - 3:17PM

Monday-Friday

Frequently asked questions

Questions and answers

IMMERSION PROGRAM AND
FRANCOPHONE PROGRAM

In a Francophone school, French is learned as a first language and the teachers are fluent in French. In an immersion school, French is considered an academic topic. In French-language schools, French is generally the staff’s mother tongue, thereby being excellent role models for students.

Regardless of the program, there is no difference in the level of instruction of English. A student graduating from a francophone school, an immersion school or an English-language school will end up with equal skills in English.

Beyond the academic aspects, Francophone schools allow students to grow in a francophone cultural environment, to participate in activities that promote the French language and to reach a very high level of bilingualism.

Francophone schools may also offer a variety of services in French, such as after-school care, preschool, day care and sports.

In a Francophone school, all subjects are taught in French, except for English, whereas in an immersion school, students sometimes take only a few classes in French at the secondary level, limiting their abilities to communicate in French. Francophone school students, on the other hand, achieve sustainable fluency in both of Canada’s official languages.

COMMUNICATION

In some cases, the language used should be the language that the parent is the most comfortable with. As such, communications pertaining to the health and safety of our students (excursions for instance) are sent in both languages, as long as you request it. The same principle applies for parents/teachers communications – in the student’s organizer, on the phone, in person or via emails. Report cards will have additional information in English to help parents understand their content. Moreover, if the parents request it, comments can be written in English.

When we give homework to our students, it means that we wish to encourage them to read and to study. As such, at each level, the school follows administrative guidelines stating that the parent does not have to know how to speak or read French. Reading in both languages is encouraged and if there is no further homework, it means that your child understood what was asked of him or her and practiced it in class.

The school provides an inclusive and differentiated program to answer the francization needs of each child or student, from preschool to Grade 6. The resource that we use for assessment, support and follow-up is called “Seuil repères’’ and is published by Alberta Education.

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

All the students in Alberta follow the same education programs from the Ministry, as well as French classes. Our students benefit from quality guidance services. The fact that they went to school in French in an English speaking community for the most part makes them great bilingual Canadian citizens. The education that they receive at the Francophone school adequately prepare them to attend a postsecondary establishment in English or French.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES

The school must teach the same programs as all the English language schools. Starting in 3rd Grade, students have to attend English classes, as prescribed by the Ministry. Students who do not speak English can benefit from the same differentiated services as the students needing francization. We use the “Proficiency Benchmarks “, as prescribed by the Ministry, for assessing and following-up in English as a second language.

SPECIAL NEEDS

The school supports the education of students who have different learning needs. The school provides professional assessments and testing starting in early childhood. Personalized action plans are developed in collaboration with the parents, including the necessary programs and support for these students according to their needs.

VOLUNTEER WORK

Parents are always welcome at the school. Even if you do not speak French, you will have many opportunities to get involved in the life of the school. Parents are encouraged to give their name if they wish to volunteer and they will be assigned to appropriate activities according to their level of proficiency, in the language of their choice.