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Sea to Sky School District breaks another French immersion record

SD48 has more than 1,080 students in the language program last year
Students at École Squamish Elementary during their 2018 Elementary Winter Concert. The Sea to Sky School District has seen a steady increase in enrolment to French immersion in recent years. File photo by David Buzzard /

For the last 21 years, enrolment in French immersion has been increasing across B.C. In the Sea to Sky School District, those numbers are even higher, with more than 21 per cent of all students learning in French.

"This year we celebrated 50 years of French immersion in British Columbia. From modest and determined beginnings, this exceptional education program has grown to expand into almost every corner of our province," Greer Cummings, the president of Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon, said in a press release.

The Canadian Parents for French B.C. & Yukon released the findings of their latest report on Sept. 3, just as schools were opening their classrooms to students after the summer break.

As of last school year, there were 1,087 students registered for French immersion in SD48, making up 21.18 per cent of the district's students. In B.C., French immersion students are 9.49 per cent of the school population.

A version of this story originally appeared in The Squamish Chief on Sept. 8. Read it here.