The French Immersion Program

Description of Program

In the French Immersion program, students receive their subject matter instruction in the French language. In kindergarten through grade three, French is the only language used in the classrooms. In grade four, students are given instruction in English twice a week for 45 minutes during the second half of the school year. In grade five, students are given instruction in English for approximately three and a half hours each week. Special subjects, i.e., art, music, and physical education, are also conducted in English. French Immersion kindergarten classes have 26 students in each of two classes. Grade 1 has 26 in each class, Grade 2 has 27 in each class, Grades 3-5 can have 30 students maximum in each class.


The Montgomery County Public Schools French Immersion magnet was started in 1974 and was originally housed at Four Corners Elementary School. When Four Corners closed in 1982, the Immersion Program was moved to Oakview Elementary School, where it remained until June 1992, as one of the Blair Cluster magnet programs. At that time, due to space limitations at Oakview, the program was moved to Maryvale Elementary School in Rockville.

Since the 1999-2000 school year, there are two French immersion programs in Montgomery County Public Schools. The program at Maryvale E.S. serves students living in specific high school clusters in the northern part of the county. The other program, here at Sligo Creek E.S. in Silver Spring, serves children in those high school clusters in the southern part of the county. Prospective parents can contact the MCPS Transfer office to determine in which catchment area they reside.

Immersion Interest Form for 2024-2025 School Year

Interest Form is Due on April 19, 2024

Open House

We will host three Open Houses for parents interested in applying for the French Immersion Program at SCES. They will be held on the following dates :

Wednesday, January 31 from 9:40-10:40  in person. ADULTS only with ID check.   Please arrive early to complete ID check. 
Thursday, February 29 from 6:30-7:30   VIRTUAL

Monday, March 14 from 9:40 - 10:40, in person.  ADULTS ONLY with ID check.  Please arrive early to complete ID Check.

Recorded Virtual Interest Meeting

***Parking - Please feel free to park on Schuyler Rd while attending the Interest Meeting.  Parking restrictions have been lifted for that morning.***






The French Immersion Team at Sligo Creek E.S.


Grade Level

Teacher's Name


 Mrs. Miriam De Decker


 Ms. Veronique Johnson

Grade 1

 Mrs. Elisabeth Anderson

Grade 1

 Ms. Oumou Dicko

Grade 2

 Ms. Nathalie Keundjou

Grade 2

 Mrs. Deborah Lamkyes

Grade 3

 Mr. Niklas Hammond
Grade 3  Ms. Stefany Buchi

Grade 4

 Ms. Genevieve Ekani-Raze

Grade 4

 Mr. Anthony Zarbo Jr

Grade 5

 Ms. Chrystelle Panatier
Grade 5  Mrs. Rosemarie Kellinger

Reading Initiative

 Mrs. Jeanne Johnston

French Immersion Coordinator

 Mrs. Nellie Thompson

Websites (select the French flag and then the free option) (select the French flag)