About French Immersion in Edina

Background

  • The Edina Public Schools French Immersion option was started at the kindergarten level at Normandale Elementary School during the 1991-1992 school year.
  • The French Immersion option now spans Normandale Elementary School (grades K-5), and has an extension option at Valley View Middle School (6-9).
  • The first Edina French Immersion class graduated from high school in 2004 and there are now approximately 900 students enrolled in the the French Immersion option. (grades K-12).
  • With a few exceptions, most of the parents do not speak French.

French Interns

  • French Interns were added for the mutual benefit of the immersion students and native French-speaking interns. Learning from a native French speaker benefits the immersion students, while the interns have the opportunity to learn skills associated with an immersion education model.
  • The Intern experience provides interns with education and hands on experience that will benefit them in their future careers in the field of education.
  • The French Intern Committee places 18 interns at Normandale Elementary School and 5 interns at Valley View Middle School for a total of 23 interns.

Normandale Elementary

  • The curriculum at Normandale Elementary is identical to the curriculum taught at the other Edina elementary schools, except that all classes are taught in French.
  • It is believed that teaching content areas in French gives students a natural and meaningful way to learn a language.
  • English language arts are introduced in third grade.
  • There are 5 kindergarten classes; grades 1 through 5 each have four classes.
  • All classroom teachers speak French and most have lived outside the U.S., some are native French speakers.

Valley View

  • Six teachers offer classes for the Extended French Option at Valley View Middle School (grades 6-9).
  • Classes taught in French include French Language Arts, French Culture, Math, Social Studies and French in the Arts.