Office of Multilingual Learning
360 Colborne St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
The French Immersion Programs provide instruction in French across all core subject areas. Many of the staff are native French speakers who provide remarkable learning opportunities to the students. L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion is the one-way immersion program at the elementary level. The students then articulate to Ramsey Middle School and Central High School, offering students a path towards bilingualism.
L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion (LNFI) is a one-way French immersion school in St. Paul. With its popularity, L’Etoile du Nord has grown into two campuses; Grades K-1 at the lower campus and grades 2-5 at the upper campus. The goal is to have all of the students speak and understand French by grade 5.
Ramsey Middle School is home to the district middle grade level immersion program in French. The French immersion students are challenged to think critically on a global scale. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) helps students gain a global perspective. Ramsey’s native French-speaking teachers challenge students to explore complex issues, take action to solve problems and reflect on what they’ve learned. IB, along with the French language, will prepare the students for a future of possibilities and careers that can extend across five continents and reach some of the 75 million people that use French for business, government and daily life.
At Ramsey Middle School, French Immersion students take courses in advanced French language arts and social studies each year, taught in French from native French speakers. Class work includes activities centered around History Day, a day as presenters at the Minnesota Zoo, and other theme-based lessons. They compete and have done exceptionally well in the national French language competition, Le Gran Concours.
In January 2011, St. Paul Public Schools announced that the French Immersion program would continue into Central High School. The French department has welcomed the immersion students by creating theme-based classes such as France during World War II, La Belle Époque, and classes emphasizing French writing and speaking skills. A French Immersion Certificate of Accomplishment was developed to honor students for their achievement in the language. Central also offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme; French immersion students take IB assessments in the upper grades in which they are able to prove their language proficiency to the rest of the world.