French Immersion

Teachers: Monsieur Guibert, Madame Terra, Madame Ursu

World Languages Content Specialist/French Immersion Coordinator: Caroline Olan


MCPS offers a number of Language Immersion programs across the county. Acceptance into the Immersion program is based on a lottery system in the elementary years. Gaithersburg Middle School has been home to the only up-county middle school program since 2001, with 16 years of providing continuance in Immersion Education for students interested in the continual development of their French Language and Literacy skills. The French Immersion program at Gaithersburg Middle School is partial-immersion, with students completing a Language Arts and World Studies course each of their three years in French. Each course counts for 1 high-school credit through the World Languages Department. Students in the Immersion program are invited to participate in an International Exchange with our sister school in France, Collège de Notre Dame (

Most students in the French Immersion program have participated in French Immersion since kindergarten at Maryvale Elementary School. Students who are interested in Immersion at GMS and who are not continuing from Maryvale may test into the program pending available seats. For more information, contact GMS World Languages Content Specialist Caroline Olan,

For more information about Immersion Programs in MCPS visit: .


MCPS provides limited transportation to and from central stops from the areas that the program serves. Stops may be several miles from the student’s home*. Parents/guardians are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the central stops. Bus trips are usually significantly longer than local school transportation and vary by program or location. It is important to consider transportation options and responsibilities.
*The Maryvale stop is for students whose home address is within the boundaries of Maryvale Elementary. If your child has previously taken the Maryvale bus to and from school and does not live in the boundaries of Maryvale, your child will no longer be permitted to ride this bus due to our growing enrollment. Please utilize the central stops closest to your home as the MCPS transportation department uses the registered address for your child to make routes each school year.

2017-2018 Bus Routes for Gaithersburg Middle School French Immersion  

French Immersion Fall Upcoming Events

  • September 6th (6:30 PM) French Exchange Parent Meeting
  • September 16th -26th French Exchange to France
  • September 26th (6-7 PM) French Immersion Transition to Middle School Parent Information Session ( Parents Only)
  • September 26th (7:30-8:30 PM) French Exchange 2018 Parent Meeting
  • October 4th (6:30-730 PM) French Immersion Transition to Middle School Parent Information Session (Parents Only)
  • November 9th & 10th French Immersion Shadow Day for 5th Grade Maryvale Students
  • Fall 2018: French Exchange

French Immersion Transition Meeting

Did you miss the meeting on 10/4/2017?  Here is the presentation for you to view. If you have any questions, contact .

French Exchange Spring and Fall Visit 2017

Gaithersburg Middle School had the wonderful opportunity to welcome for the first time students and teachers from our Sister School in France Collège de Notre Dame ( GMS students served as hosts to our French visitors and accompanied them on field trips throughout the Washington, DC region. Students also toured Princeton University, the US Capitol building and participated in a number of cultural activities in the area. We look forward to visiting with our French correspondents in the fall of 2017.


From September 16th, 2017 - September 26th, 2017, Gaithersburg Middle School students visited with our sister school Collège de Notre Dame.  Check out the experience on 2017 GMS French Immersion Trip Blog.

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