French Immersion

***Middle French Immersion intake has been suspended for the 2017/18 school year. The Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education will revisit this programming option in the spring of 2018.
The program suspension for 2017/18 is due to the current uncertainty in our region. Following the wildfire of 2016 student enrolment has reduced by approximately 6%. We are still recovering as a community and with the uncertainty in regards to the economy, Middle French Immersion is not a program we can offer at this time.


French Immersion is a program in which French is the language of instruction for a significant part of the school day; that is, several or all subjects are taught in French.  Immersion is designed for students whose first language is not French.

Early Immersion in Fort McMurray Catholic Schools begins at the pre-school level with Premiers Pas at Ecole St. Paul School.  Early Immersion entry also occurs in Kindergarten or grade 1.

Middle Immersion provides entry to the program at the grade 4 level. Students entering the Middle Immersion in grade 4 will be in their own classroom (not with students that started the program at a younger age) until grade 7 when both groups will merge.

Students in the French Immersion Program will attend Ecole St. Paul School until grade 6. Grade 7 to 12 French Immersion is offered at Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Transportation services are provided to the French Immersion Schools from any location in Fort McMurray and Saprae Creek.

Research on the effectiveness of French Immersion in Canada has been extremely positive. French Immersion students show advantages mainly in reading and writing skills, but their resulting bilingualism may also positively influence their performance in other subjects. French Immersion offers solid academic benefits as well as promotes bilingualism among its students.

When making educational choices for their children, more and more parents are recognizing that knowing a second language is an important skill in today’s ever-shrinking world—and will be even more important in their children’s future. Consider the many advantages!

Information and Research on French Immersion

Alberta Education – Information and Inspiration for French Immersion Parents

Canadian Parents for French – Alberta Branch

Contact Info

Ecole St. Paul School
429 Ross Haven Dr
Fort McMurray, AB,
T9H 3P3
Phone: (780) 799-5760
Fax: (780) 799-5759

Principal:  Mme Claudette Fidler

Vice Principal: Mme Anne Coish

Office Manager: Mrs. Joanna MacNeil

Administrative Assistant: 

Classroom Support Teacher: Mrs. Joanne Johnson

Counsellor: Joni Stryde

Indigenous Liaison: Mrs. Beverly Pierce