Expanded options for French education

A greater pool of students is now eligible to attend Chilliwack's French school, La Vérendrye, thanks to new rules.

The B.C. French school system, which includes Chilliwack’s école La Vérendrye, recently expanded its pool of eligible students to accept applicants who have just one grandparent of French descent. Previously, students applying under the direct lineage provision had to have a parent of French descent.

Contrary to some public perceptions, the Francophone School Authority of British Columbia is not opening up schools to Anglophones, emphasized public relations director Pierre Claveau.

“We want to open our schools to all Francophones, but we extend the notion of Francophone. The notion of Francophone is people who not only love French, like Francophile, for example, but people who really want to adhere to the Francophone culture,” said Claveau.

The change in regulation is a result of a multi-year review process, and does not indicate a decline in enrollment. Rather, the French school system continues to be one of the fastest-growing systems in the province, currently serving 4,800 students.

La Vérendrye in Chilliwack has 50 students. As a public institution, there is no waiting list, and eligible students are automatically admitted.

Besides lineage, other eligibility criteria include previous attendance in a French school (excluding immersion), French as a mother tongue, or having a parent fluent in French who immigrated to Canada. Students must also speak French fluently.

Those applying under the lineage provision must submit proof of French descent, such as a grandparent’s Quebec birth certificate or a diploma from a Quebec school.

The Francophone School Authority has a mandate to fulfill the right of Canadian students whose first language is French or who have previously received primary schooling in French to continue their education in that language, as per Article 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


Just Posted

GW Graham basketball star signs on with Trinity Western Spartans

Grizzly grad Jaya Bannerman is opting to stay close to home after graduating in June.

Auditors couldn’t tell if Fraser Health executives bought booze on taxpayers’ dime

Review from 2014 says one administrator bought Bose headphones on company credit card

WATCH: Giant Flowers artwork going up at Evans roundabout in Chilliwack

The artwork installation Tuesday was causing very little traffic disruption for Chilliwack drivers

Nature festival, musical science and more for spring break fun

Chilliwack’s libraries, ice rinks and favourite family spots offer up plenty to do

Experts detect risk of rock avalanche above Bridal Falls near Chilliwack

Risk in the one-in-10,000-year is minimal but triggers FVRD to direct growth elsewhere

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

Alberta budget plans for Trans Mountain expansion

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says expected revenues will be factored into budget forecasts

Langley City hits up province for share of pot revenue

The province says it understands municipalities will face extra costs when marijuana is legalized.

B.C. climber remembered for gentle spirit, love of mountains

Marc-André Leclerc had been hearing the call of the mountains since childhood

Proposed gun bill attacked by gun owners and shooting victims

The federal government tabled the bill today in order to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms

New anti-radicalization centre in the works for B.C.

Centre aims to help ‘vulnerable individuals of the path to radicalization’ before they turn to crime

B.C. bravery, public service honoured by Governor General Julie Payette

UVic basketball coach Kathryn Shields inducted into Order of Canada

Sea lion with rope wrapped around neck saved by Vancouver Aquarium

Steller sea lions are a species of special concern and some populations are endangered in parts of Alaska

Most Read