A meeting for parents, teachers, and anyone interested in the formation of a French Immersion Charter School in Fairbanks will be held Thursday, September 12, at Watershed Elementary School, 4975 Decathlon, at 7:00 p.m.
The one-hour meeting will be an informal discussion of the concept and ways to organize the school. To receive the most state funding, a charter school requires a minimum of 150 students. The best way to accomplish this would be a K-8 school. Class size would be limited at all grade levels to 22 students per classroom, below the FNSBSD average.
The first year of the charter school could provide French immersion 50% of the time in kindergarten and first grade, and an hour and a half of French immersion daily for grades 2 through 8. This would allow the school to use one native French-speaking teacher the first year, adding more French-speaking teachers in successive years.
Each successive year would allow another grade to receive 50% French immersion, so that within 8 years all grade levels would receive French immersion 50% of the day. Eighth graders could then move into upper level French classes when they move up to high school. Some might be able to take college-level French while still in high school.
A team of interested parents and teachers will map out the curriculum to be followed. For more information on the meeting, please check the “French Immersion Public School for Fairbanks” page on Facebook, or contact Magali Philip at firstname.lastname@example.org.