The French Program offers three streams, Open, Core and Immersion, in Grades 9 to 12. There is an emphasis on both oral and written competencies through the study of literature, film and culture. For our Immersion students, in addition to the French language courses, we offer a broad range of subjects such as visual and dramatic arts and social sciences such as geography and history. We also organize a yearly French Night at our school where students have the opportunity to showcase all of the wonderful work they do and to highlight things learned in French classes throughout the school year.

Grade 9

  • ALL students must take Grade 9 French (unless exemption for 600 hours of elementary French Instruction)

  • Offered in the academic, applied, & open streams

How do I know which one to take?

If ALL of your courses are Academic (English, Math, Science and Geography) your French must ALSO be Academic.


  • Built for student success if students put in a solid effort and self-manage

  • Scaffolded speaking

  • Activity-based learning every day, new approaches

  • Short and long term projects

  • Flexible due dates

  • Varied assessments


  • Designed to improve student confidence, experience and success in French

  • Scaffolded learning

  • Activity-based learning every day, familiar and comfortable

  • Authentic snapshots

  • Flexible testing and due dates

Grade 10, 11 and 12

  • Follow Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

  • Action oriented tasks in a range of authentic situations

  • Opportunity to write the DELF Exam in Grade 12.

    • The DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) is an official international diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education indicating the CEFR level of proficiency of candidates for whom French is a second language. It is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which defines language proficiency along six global levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2.

Immersion à MD

  • French Immersion has been a curriculum course at MD for over 30 years

  • Eight teachers

  • Follow Common European Framework of Reference

  • Opportunity to write the DELF Exam in Grade 12

Grade 9

  • French language

  • Géographie

  • Arts dramatiques

  • Éducation physique

Grade 10

  • French language

  • Histoire

  • Carrière/ civisme

Grade 11

  • French language

  • Introduction à la psychologie, à la sociologie et à l’anthropologie

Grade 12

  • French language

Program Lead

Eric Keunne

Teaching Staff

Evan Arseneau

Miranda Baird


Wendy Beriault-Orr

Taline Paroyan

Elizabeth Norris

(currently on leave)