French Immersion & Montessori Programs

There are three PROGRAMS OF CHOICE offered by School District No. 40 (New Westminster) for young children.  One is the Early French Immersion Program where children become skilled at the French language through learning in French, one is Late French Immersion where students begin their French program at grade 6 and the other is the Montessori Program, where children learn through the instructional methods developed by Maria Montessori.

Resources for Students and Parents already enroled in French Immersion Programs please click here.

Programs of Choice - Online Applications- CLOSED AS OF FEB 12, 2016 4:00PM

Application Information for Montessori

 Application Information for French Immersion

Early French Immersion

Canada has many languages, but two have official language status, English and French.  The French Immersion Program is designed to teach French to non-French speaking children.  Children are accepted into this program in Kindergarten or Grade 1.  After this, children are only eligible to enter the program if they transfer from another Immersion school or have sufficient French fluency through other means, such as living in a French-speaking province or country.  Early French Immersion is offered at:

Late French Immersion Applications (Available 9:00AM Monday January 18, 2016-4:00PM Friday February 12, 2016)

  • École Qayqayt Elementary School:  Kindergarten to Grade 5
  • École Herbert Spencer Elementary School:  Kindergarten to Grade 5
  • École Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary School:  Kindergarten to Grade 5
  • École Glenbrook Middle School:  Grade 6 to Grade 8
  • École New Westminster Secondary School:  Grade 9-12

Early French Immersion in New Westminster Schools 

Early French Immersion Brochure

Parent Information Night Powerpoint

Late French Immersion

Students enter the Late French Immersion Program in grade 6 at Glenbrook Middle School.  These students also carry on in French to the end of Grade 12.  Similar to the Early Immersion Program, students study almost entirely in French in grade 6 and move on to gradually include English studies.  They can also graduate with the bilingual Dogwood Diploma (High School Diploma).  Late French Immersion is offered at:

  • École Glenbrook Middle School:  Grade 6 to Grade 8

Late French Immersion in New Westminster Schools

Late French Immersion Brochure

Supporting your child in French

Supporting your child at homeInternet Links for French Immersion support at home, homework help,  and French apps to support learning

How to pronounce French sounds - helpful for dictée

FREE online French homework help with Voila Learning. For help on registrering watch this video

What is a double dogwood and what courses will my child need to take to graduate with a bilingual dogwood?


Montessori Program

Created by Maria Montessori, an Italian doctor, this method is a highly individualized and promotes students' intellectual, social, moral, physical and aesthetic development.  Children interact with specialized materials, the teacher and each other to develop their skills and knowledge.  Specialized Montessori materials allow children to discover and learn for themselves.  Children learn at the concrete level before they move to abstract understanding.  This allows them to build their abstract concepts on solid foundations.  Because they learn through their own investigations, they develop independence and strong self-esteem.  Montessori classrooms are multi-age classrooms, so that children learn from their peers in a community of learning.  School District 40's Montessori Programs are supported by the New Westminster Montessori Society.  Please see their website at  Montessori Programs for September 2016 are offered at:

  • Richard McBride Elementary:  Kindergarten to Grade 5
  • Connaught Heights Elementary:  Kindergarten to Grade 5

Please note that Montessori catchments are in effect for fall 2015.  The Montessori program has an east side and a west side catchment with the division along 8th Street.  Applicants will be considered for their catchment first and for the other catchment if spaces remain after all in-catchment applications are contacted.

Montessori Program in New Westminster Schools

Montessori Brochure

Montessori Parent Information Night powerpoint

Are you interested in learning about Montessori and middle school? Please come to a parent informatiion night offered by the Montessori Society to learn about a proposal for expansion to Fraser Middle School. 


Application Process

Applications for Programs of Choice will no longer be accepted at the School Board Office reception. Applications for Programs of Choice will be available online January 18, 2016 - February 12, 2016 (4 pm) for students starting Kindergarten or grade one in September 2016 for Montessori and Early French Immersion. Applications will also be available for students entering grade 6 in September 2016 for Late French Immersion. If you submitted an application prior to June 30, 2015 you will receive an email, in the year you applied for, confirming your applicaton. Please contact when applying for entry in grades other than K, 1, and 6.    

Please note that if you child is born in the year 2015 applications for Programs of Choice will be accepted at this time until March 1, 2016. Please contact  for further information or go directly to your French Immersion catchment school to register. Your child may be accepted into a Program of Choice if there is space available. 

A separate application form is required for each child and for each program/school site.  

For more information please contact: Prab Samra at 604 517 6333 or

Trustee Liaison:

French Immersion - James Janzen:  604-526-8584 or
Montessori - TBD