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French 4 Tots

1550 Bayly St Unit 20, Pickering, Ontario, L1W3T1

Approach :
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to K (Coed)
$5,200 to 11,950/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: Varies (Gr. PS - K)

School Address
1550 Bayly St Unit 20, Pickering, Ontario, L1W3T1



About this school:


F 4 T Academy students will be immersed in the French language. Our small classes allow teachers to assist students in discovering their true potential. All our instruction is done in French. Children will start to develop phonemic awareness the more they engage with the language. Our child centred approach of teaching focuses on the development of the whole child. As our students progress through the program, they will learn how to interact and socialize with their peers in a nurturing French environment.

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Our Take: French 4 Tots

our takeThe French immersion programs that Canadians are most familiar with were born out of the multicultural movement of the 1970s, and to some extent, they continue to reflect their age. The public school immersion programs begin, most typically, with Grade 1. Which is strange, given what we know about language acquisition, including uptake as well as the overall academic benefits of leering a second language. French 4 Tots offers a rich program that addresses precisely that, providing an early and authentically immersive French-language program. Given what we know about what learning languages can do for cognition, confidence, and just general academic engagement, the question isn’t “should we enroll in immersion?” but “why not?” The French 4 Tots program has a lot to offer, including a strong basis for children to advance to immersion programs in the primary years. Class sizes are small, allow for a high level of student-teacher engagement. The summer camp programs offer a nice opportunity for students to continue in a familiar environment outside the standard academic year.

Principal's Message


Tahirah Brown, School Director

Every child is different and learns at his or her own pace. I believe that all children possess the capacity to be excellent, and I feel privileged to be a part of their journey. Excellence is not an end goal, but rather it is the process by which children achieve their goal. At F4T Academy we hope to instill in every child that they are important and capable, and this belief is transferable to all aspects of their lives. 


Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

  • Play-based
  • Montessori
  • Waldorf
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Academic

Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

What French 4 Tots says: At F 4 T Academy we encourage divergent learning. We have an academic program where we focus on numeracy and literacy skills; however, we believe that there are many approaches to achieve these results. In a divergent classroom, students are given challenges to which they must find a solution. This exploration is supported by a teacher. It encourages students to question their environment and put them in charge of their own learning at a very young age.

Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

  • Standard-enriched
  • Accelerated
  • Student-paced

Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

Flexible pacing:

Flexible pacing style = offered
Subject-streaming (tracking)
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
Differentiated assessment

What French 4 Tots says about flexible pacing: Each classroom is different and depends on its students. Depending on the activities, students are paired according to their strengths and weaknesses.

Academic Culture Supportive

  • Rigorous
  • Supportive

A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

What French 4 Tots says: We have benchmarks that we have set for our students; however, as a classroom is made of up a of many different types of learners and we understand that not all students will reach the same benchmarks at the same time. In the early years of education, the learning process is most important. The love of learning is what will ensure future success. Informal activities are given during the year to see where students are in their comprehension. Observations are shared with parents.

Developmental Priorities Social, Balanced

Primary Developmental Priority: Social
Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

What French 4 Tots says: Students who have social awareness can empathise with others and will become great citizens of the world.

Special Needs Support Limited


French 4 Tots offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

  • Academic Support:
    Support Type = offered
    Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
    Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

Gifted Learner Support No Support

French 4 Tots does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

Class Sizes Not available

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Recess Policy

Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day
Location Outside Outside Outside
Amount 40 40 40
Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30

What French 4 Tots says: Recess is a way to promote a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, at recess children are able to interact with each other and their environment. It gives them a safe space to practice social interactions with their peers. It encourages pretend play, thus allowing them to assimilate lessons taught in classroom and beyond.

Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods.


What French 4 Tots says:

This information is not currently available.

  • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
    Ice Hockey
    Track & Field
  • Clubs offered: None

Tuition & Financial Aid



Need-based financial aid

This information is not currently available.

Merit based Scholarships

This information is not currently available.


Total enrollment Varies
Average enrollment per gradeVaries
Average class sizeVaries
Gender (grades)Preschool to K (Coed)
Boarding offeredNo

Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



Admissions Assessments:

Assessment = requiredGrades
SSAT (out of province)
Entrance Exam(s)
Entrance Essay
Application Fee

Application Deadlines:

Day students:

What French 4 Tots says:

All students must be at least 30 months at the time of acceptance and fully potty trained.


Acceptance Rate:


Type of student French 4 Tots is looking for: This information is not currently available.

Student Entry Points

Student TypePSJKSK
Day Acceptance
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