Why is Richland Elementary called a Dual Language two-way Immersion School?
Dual means we are learning two languages on our campus, with a ratio of 50/50: French and English. You will probably ask why then it is also call "two-way", doesn't it mean the same thing? Actually, it means that "both native English speakers and native speakers of the partner language are enrolled, with neither group making up more than two-thirds of the student population."
Being an immersion French school means students will learn the language, but not only! They will also create bonds together with other students coming from all over the world, with different cultures and from other French Speaking countries. At Richland, we have French speaking families coming from France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Togo, Lebanon, Seychelles, Congo, Rwanda, Brazil and even more!
At the end of each school year, students of Richland who passed the test receive a Certificate of Biliteracy, a great achievement that is internationally and nationally recognized by schools and universities. Being immersed in a 50/50 bilingual environment will allow students to develop their communication skills by working in groups, especially at such a young age. They learn how to improve their critical thinking skills, will be challenged to find creative solutions to problems, in association with scientific and cultural contributions coming from both languages.