School District 20 recognizes that language programs benefit the cognitive and social development of students, as well as their opportunities for career advancement in later life. Research demonstrates that students who successfully complete a language program attain functional bilingualism while doing as well, or better than, their unilingual peers in the content areas of curriculum, including English Language Arts.
Of note is the historic local importance of the Russian culture and language. Community support for the Russian Language Programs is strong, and the local community is proud of its history and heritage. It is a unique opportunity for the children of our district to have this language learning opportunity.
School District 20 offers an early partial-immersion English-Russian Bilingual program. This well-established program is offered for students entering school in Kindergarten as a language program option, and continues through grade 7. The K-3 program is housed at the Castlegar primary campus of Twin Rivers Elementary School in Castlegar, while the grades 4-7 program runs at Twin Rivers Elementary School. Recognition for the program is historic, and includes provincial, national and international acknowledgements.
The primary grades component of the program (K-3) provides students with 50% of classroom instruction in Russian and 50% in English. The intermediate grades component of the program (grades 4-7) provides students with up to 1 hour per day of language instruction in Russian, and builds on the strong Russian language foundation built in the primary years.
The Russian Bilingual Program provides students with an education equivalent to that which is available in the English of Early French Immersion language programs; in other words, students in the Russian Bilingual program will learn the same things as students who are not in the program, according to the Ministry of Education’s prescribed learning outcomes for each grade.
The Russian as a Second Language Program is an option available to learning in district schools. This option allows students to enter the Russian Language Program in grade 5, and to potentially continue with Russian language instruction through grade 12. Should a student complete the Russian Language Program through grade 12, that credit has been recognized by the Ministry of Education as a post-secondary entrance qualifying credit for any high school language requirement in BC. The Russian as a Second Language Program is offered at Twin Rivers Elementary School in Castlegar.
Please note the following regarding these programs:
If you plan to apply for a seat in the RB program, please note the following:
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