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.