French-language education expanded for students

Island students now have access to more French-language learning options.

Through funding from the federal government, the Province of Prince Edward Island established a virtual school model for the second semester of the current school year to expand French-language course offerings for students in Grades 11 and 12. Thirty-two students are currently participating in at least one course. 

“The Acadian and Francophone community of Prince Edward Island plays an important role in the fabric of our Island’s identity and our government recognizes that access to French-language education and culture is critical to the vitality and preservation of this community.

Access to French-language education is an opportunity all children should be given and we need to find more ways to encourage French-language learning.” 

- Minister Responsible for Acadian and Francophone Affairs, Premier Dennis King.

Virtual school allows a student or group of students at one school to join other groups of students from a variety of schools across the Island to take courses together. Five courses are currently offered in the areas of math, science, language arts and social studies. 

“This virtual school option gives students a larger selection of courses available in French-language and offers them the ability to develop their research, oral and written skills,” said Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning, Natalie Jameson. “Education is the greatest investment we can make in the future of our province and we will continue to find innovative ways to maximize our student’s learning opportunities and set them up for lifelong success.” 

There are approximately 1,100 students across the six Commission scolaire de langue français (CSLF) schools and 5,253 French immersion students in the Public Schools Branch (PSB) this school year.  


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