Education and Training
French Immersion Program
Manitoba Education recognizes the French Immersion program as one of the four official school programs (English, Français and Senior Years Technology Education).
Curriculum Policy for the French Immersion Program (July 2008, 3rd edition)
French Immersion in Manitoba (April 2002)
French Immersion: Findings of School Administrator Focus Groups (April 2000) ( 62 KB)
Visit Parents, Families and Communities Reports for additional documents related to the French Immersion program.
Manitoba schools offer 13 grades (Kindergarten to Grade 12), which are grouped as follows
|Groupings||Grades||Approx. Age of Students|
|Early Years||Kindergarten* to Grade 4||5 to 10 years|
|Middle Years||Grade 5 to Grade 8||10 to 14 years|
|Senior Years||Grade 9 to Grade 12||14 to 18 years|
* Kindergarten remains as optional year of schooling. When a school division or school offers Kindergarten, the percentage time allotments for Grades 1-3 should be used as a guide for instructional time with the exception of Physical Education/Health Education where the time is mandated; provincial curriculum for Kindergarten should be followed. Provincial curriculum, which will continue to be developed to include Kindergarten, will be based on outcomes.
- For more information about the Manitoba school system, visit Going to School in Manitoba.
- To search for schools offering the French Immersion program in Manitoba, visit Schools in Manitoba.
- To find the location of French Immersion schools in Manitoba, visit A Guide to French Immersion Schools in Manitoba.
Students in Grades 1 to 8 are expected to demonstrate learning in the four foundation skill areas
- Literacy and communication
- Problem Solving
- Human Relations
Instruction, skill development, and practice in these four areas are required in all subject areas.
For more information visit Elements Integrated in the Curriculum.
Compulsory subject areas in Grades 1 to 8
- English language arts - Immersion
- sciences de la nature
- sciences humaines
- Éducation physique et éducation à la santé
- Éducation artistique
Subject Area Time Allotments
Time allotment tables describe the expectations for the subject area time allotments in the French Immersion Program. An overall percentage breakdown is given as a guideline only, and reflects a change from the total time in minutes for compulsory and optional subject areas. Please note however that the minimum allocated time for Grades K to 8 Physical Education/Health Education is mandated.1
Visit the Subject Area Time Allotments page for a more detailed explanation.
1 to 6
7 and 8
|Compulsory||English language arts - Immersion||20%||14%|
|Sciences de la nature||10%||13%|
|Éducation physique et Éducation à la santé (mandated time)||11%||9%|
||e.g., formation personnelle, etc.||9%||13%|
Bilingual Heritage Language Instruction (Ukrainian, German, Hebrew)
The time allotments specified for the French Immersion Program also apply to Bilingual Heritage Language Instruction. Time allotments for English language arts will be the same as the English allotment in the table. The time allotment identified for Français will be used for language arts instruction in the heritage language. Mathematics and science will be instructed in English; the other subjects will be taught in the heritage language (following the Policy for Heritage Language Instruction).
Grades 9 to 12 are organized around a system of credits. A credit represents 110 hours of course-specific instruction or classroom-based learning experiences. Students earn credits when they achieve a final mark of 50 percent or more for courses.
Senior Years French Immersion Program Graduation Requirements
Information about graduation requirements for Manitoba Senior Years French Immersion program. In 2007 Manitoba Education changed the Senior Years graduation requirements based on consultations throughout Manitoba.
For more information on the French Immersion subject areas visit the French Immersion website (French only).
1 See Manitoba PE/HE Curriculum Overview and Scheduling Kindergarten to Grade 8 Physical Education/Health Education: A Resource for School Administrators for strategies to meet class time specifications. (Please note that recess is not part of PE instructional time.)