French Immersion Program

  • The French Immersion Program provides instruction in French across all core subject areas. Many of the staff are native French speakers who provide remarkable learning opportunities for the students. L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion is the one-way immersion program at the elementary level. The students then articulate to Hidden River Middle School (formerly 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 Saint Paul. The goal is to have all of the students speak and understand fluent French by grade 5.  5th graders participate in Le Grand Concurs testing.


    Hidden River Middle School (Formerly 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. Hidden River’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 who use French for business, government and daily life.

    At Hidden River Middle School, French Immersion students take courses in advanced French language arts and social studies each year. Class work includes projects centered around student interests. History Day, a day as presenters at the Minnesota Zoo, and other theme-based lessons are examples. Students compete and have done exceptionally well in the national French language competition, Le Grand Concours.

    Central High School: The French department has welcomed the immersion students by creating theme-based classes such as France during World War II, French Cinema, and classes emphasizing French writing and speaking skills.  A French Immersion Certificate of Accomplishment has been 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.