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French bilingual program

Bilingual education develops essential skills for living and working in a global society. Research tells us that critical and flexible thinking, and problem-solving skills improve creativity and the ability to concentrate.

Highgate School and Unley High School have teamed up to deliver South Australia’s first French bilingual program, which will offer education in French and English for all reception to year 12 students by 2022.

From 2017, the bilingual/binational program will flow from the primary school at Highgate to Unley High School. Reception students in the French stream will learn 80% of their lessons in French and 20% in English. The program will teach a combined French national curriculum and Australian Curriculum.

These schools will become part of the Australian Association of French English Bilingual Schools (AAFEBS). They will have access to the experience and expertise of existing interstate French bilingual schools and programs. Some examples are Telopea Park School in Canberra, which has been operating for 30 years, and Tingalpa State School in Queensland, which took up the program in 2015.

More information is available in the flyer for parents about the French bilingual schools (PDF 867KB).


Learning Improvement division


  • Early Years Directorate - 8463 5896
  • Primary Learners Directorate  - 8463 5829
  • Secondary Learners Directorate - 8463 5847
  • Strategic Design Directorate – 8463 5978
  • Professional Practices Directorate - 8226 2750

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