Up in the air: Vancouver School Board to decide future of city school’s French-immersion program
School board trustees will vote on a motion to phase out the program at Kitsilano’s Henry Hudson Elementary, deciding whether this year’s kindergarten will the last receive instruction in French.
The School Act of B.C. requires the VSB to prioritize English-language education, says Director of Instruction Adrian Keough, citing a staff report showing the school is over capacity.
“We’re at a point now where we cannot continue to enroll French immersion, and accept all of the English students who want to take the English program in that school,” explains Keough, stressing the VSB added seats for around 100 French immersion students district-wide in 2018.
A plan to relocate the program to the Downtown Eastside’s Lord Stratchcona Elementary fell through when parents at Henry Hudson overwhelmingly indicated they would not participate.
The vote takes place at 7 tonight.