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Bilingual Programming


Be Bilingual – Brock Corydon School

Be Bilingual – Earl Grey School

Be Bilingual – Isaac Brock School

Be Bilingual – École Luxton School

Be Bilingual – Ralph Brown School

Be Bilingual - École Sir William Osler

Bilingual Programming

Cree, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Ojibwe and Spanish are all offered in Winnipeg School Division bilingual programming schools. The second language is used for instruction about 50% of the school day. In Kindergarten it may be used 100% of the time.

Students in bilingual programming receive all the same curriculum as English only schools, with the added benefit of learning Language Arts, Social Studies and other subjects in the second language. English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science are taught in English.

  • English - Ukrainian – Ralph Brown School - Phone: 204-589-7355
  • English - Hebrew – Brock Corydon School - Phone: 204-488-4422
  • English - Cree – Isaac Brock School - Phone: 204-772-9527
  • English - Spanish – Earl Grey School - Phone: 204-474-1441
  • English - Ojibwe – Isaac Brock School - Phone: 204-772-9527

Heritage and Ancestral Languages – are single subject courses currently offered in Winnipeg School Division as follows:

  • Cree – Children of the Earth, Niji Mahkwa
  • Filipino – Daniel McIntyre
  • Latin – Sisler High School
  • Ojibwe – Children of the Earth, Niji Mahkwa
  • Spanish – Churchill High School, College Churchill, Grant Park High School, École secondaire Kelvin High School, École River Heights School

French Language Instruction

Being immersed in a language throughout the school day is a great way for students to become truly bilingual.

WSD Milieu Schools

Winnipeg School Division schools that communicate in all French. This means that all instruction is offered in French, right from Nursery.  All staff speak French and the administration is fully bilingual.  The school offers a French climate, and announcements, assemblies, etc. are offered in French.

Early French Immersion begins in Nursery at:

  • École Lansdowne - Phone: 204-338-7039
  • École LaVérendrye - Phone: 204-452-5015
  • École Sacré-Coeur - Phone: 204-775-2574
  • École Sir William Osler - Phone: 204-488-3569

French Immersion continues at:

  • College Churchill (Grade 7 to 12) - Phone: 204-474-1301

Late entry French Immersion begins in Grade 7 with students receiving a minimum of 60% instruction in French at:

  • École River Heights (Grade 7 to 8) - Phone: 204-488-7090

WSD Dual Track Schools

Another French Language Instruction option in Winnipeg School Division is the immersion dual track school. In dual track schools both the French Immersion Program and the English Program are housed. Students in the French Immersion Program at a dual track school will hear school announcements, recess conversation and discussions with school administrators in English. French Immersion begins in Kindergarten in a dual track school.  All French Immersion teachers speak French, and the administrator is fully bilingual. 

WSD Dual Track Schools:

  • École Garden Grove School (Nursery to Grade 6) - Phone: 204-633-6477
  • École George V School (Nursery to Grade 8) - Phone: 204-669-4482
  • École J.B. Mitchell School (Nursery to Grade 6) - Phone: 204-488-4517
  • École secondaire Kelvin High School (Grade 9 to 12) - Phone: 204-474-1492
  • École Laura Secord School (Nursery to Grade 6) - Phone: 204-786-4796
  • École Luxton School (Nursery to Grade 6) - Phone: 204-589-4368
  • École River Heights School (Grade 7 and 8) - Phone: 204-488-7090
  • École Riverview School (Nursery to Grade 6) - Phone: 204-284-5983
  • École Robert H. Smith School (Nursery to Grade 6) - Phone: 204-488-1137
  • École Sisler High School (Grade 9 to12) - Phone: 204-589-8321
  • École Stanley Knowles School (Nursery to Grade 8) - Phone: 204-694-0483
  • École Victoria-Albert School (Nursery to Grade 6) - Phone: 204-633-0065

Please note that French Immersion starts in Kindergarten and Grade 1 in Dual Track settings. Students enrolling in WSD Dual Track or Milieu Schools must enrol according to their catchment area. To find out what Dual Track or Milieu School is in your catchment area, visit winnipegsd.ca/our schools/find a school.

French Immersion frequently asked questions

1.  We do not speak French at home.  How will we be able to help our child with homework?

French Immersion is designed for families who do not speak French at home. Parents will not need to speak French to assist their child.  Teachers understand this and strive to ensure students fully understand their homework.  Homework is given to reinforce and practice developing skills. 

2.  Are the report cards in French?

Report cards and all communication with families is in English.  Interpreters may be requested to assist families who may require support communicating in English. 

3.  What if my child needs extra help?

French Immersion schools have resource teachers and other support staff who speak French who are able to support students, as needed.


French (English Program)

Early Start French – offered in a number of elementary schools depending on the availability of qualified staff and expressed parent interest. The program begins in either Kindergarten or Grade 1 and leads in to the French: Communication and Culture at the Grade 4 level. The goal of the program is to have students gain an appreciation of learning French, gain basic vocabulary and master simple phrases. This course is currently offered at the following schools: Brock Corydon, Carpathia, Earl Grey, George V, Grosvenor, J.B. Mitchell, Montrose, Riverview, Robert H. Smith, Sargent Park and Wolseley.

French Communication and Culture – is an option program that begins at Grade 4 or at the secondary level.


By the Official Languages Act in 1969, Canada recognized English and French as having equal status in the government of Canada. The federal government provides services and operates in both languages. French is the sole official language in Quebec at the provincial level and is co-official with English in New Brunswick. The provincial governments of Ontario, New Brunswick, and Manitoba are required to provide services in French where justified by the number of francophones (those whose mother tongue is French or who use French on a daily basis).

Spanish is the second-most widely spoken language in the world (after Mandarin Chinese), with 400 million native speakers, and official status in a staggering 21 countries, spanning South, Central and North America, as well as Africa and Europe.

The combined dialects of Ojibwe make it the second most commonly spoken First Nations language in Canada (after Cree), and the fourth most widely spoken in the United States or Canada behind Navajo, the Inuit languages and Cree.

Hebrew is the language of the Jewish people – by mastering this language, students have access to 4000 years of thought and history that spans the world. Hebrew is the language that first recorded the alphabet and is the only ancient language still spoken today.

In 2011, there were an estimated 1,251,170 persons of full or partial Ukrainian origin residing in Canada (the majority being Canadian-born citizens) making them Canada’s ninth largest ethnic group, and giving Canada the world’s third-largest Ukrainian population behind Ukraine itself and Russia.

Cree is an Algonquian language spoken by approximately 117,000 people across Canada, from the Northwest Territories and Alberta to Labrador, making it the aboriginal language with the highest number of speakers in Canada.

Q. Will my child develop and maintain strong English language skills?
A. Mathematics, Science and English Language Arts are taught in English in bilingual language programming. In addition, studying in bilingual language programming develops skills in communication, expressive language, critical thinking, grammar and vocabulary.

Q. Is there an extra cost for my child to attend bilingual language programming?
No. All Winnipeg School Division residents are entitled to enroll in any of the five bilingual programming with no extra costs attached to the program.

Q. We don’t live close to the school that offers the bilingual programming our child is interested in — how will they get there?
Transportation is provided free of charge to all WSD bilingual programming students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 if they live more than 1.6 km from the school (applies only to students living within Winnipeg School Division boundaries).

Q. How do I register my child for bilingual programming?
Call your school and set up a registration appointment. Remember to bring the following documents for registration:

  • Manitoba Medical card listing the child and parent(s) name or other medical card listing the child and parent(s) name from another province.
  • Proof of residence.
  • Your child’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate, certificate of live birth, statutory declaration, Canadian Passport or Treaty Card.
  • Legal guardians are required to provide a Court of Queen’s Bench document signed by a judge.
  • Non-citizens are required to provide one of the following:
    • Landed Immigrant (permanent residence) documents
    • Work Visa
    • Study Visa
    • Refugee Status
Note: if you have none of the above but have made application for permanent residency, you are considered a visitor and therefore must pay and have health medical coverage.


​Contact your school to arrange an appointment to register your child.
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​Concours d'art oratoire

An annual French public-speaking event for schools throughout the province. Classroom, school and then board-level competitions lead to the provincial competition, which is held at l'Université de Saint-Boniface. It is open to students from Grades 3-12 and includes the categories of Early Immersion, Late Immersion, Core French, Core Extended French, Français and Impromptu.

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