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La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science

36 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R7

Traditional,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (24 months) to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$16,750 to 20,750/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 20
Day: 200 (Gr. NS - 12)

School Address
36 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R7



About this school:


La Citadelle provides students Excellence in Bilingual Education through a comprehensive and academically advanced curriculum in Languages, Mathematics, Sciences, Technology, Humanities and Fine Arts. With the IB and AP programs, we develop competent, global citizens through mastery learning and an exceptional holistic environment. At La Citadelle, we believe that all children can be successful when provided solid foundations that inspire them to achieve their highest potential. La Citadelle’s multicultural environment provides students and families with a rich social setting that fosters lifelong friendships and a support system that is unparalleled. For students entering our school, our Francisation Program at all levels as of Grade 3, enables students to acquire a solid foundation in the French language and attain bilingualism. La Citadelle’s learning environment extends beyond the classroom with a variety of activities, field trips, leadership and international travels, which are complemented by intramural / extracurricular sports, musical performances, social activities and academic clubs. As well, La Citadelle’s new facilities have been uniquely designed with 21st century students in mind so as to provide them with an interconnected, spacious living environment conducive to socialization and the love of learning. — Visit school website



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Our Take: La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science

our takeLa Citadelle was established in 2000 with just 5 students and operating out of a church basement. The program has grown considerably since then, with an annual enrolment of 200 students spanning prep-K to Grade 12. Further, in 2015 the school moved into a new space, doubling the size of the physical plan and providing an opportunity to grow the student population and its programs significantly. Despite that growth, the approach to instruction remains true to the original intentions. Since its inception La Citadelle has been progressive, and while achievement is one of the six core values, so are compassion and harmony. There is a high level of individual support, in part a function of a low teacher/student ratio. The ideal student is one that is operating ahead of her peers, able to thrive within a challenging, varied, and multilingual teaching environment. 

Principal's Message


Alfred Abouchar, Headmaster

Alfred Abouchar is the Headmaster and founder of La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science. With a rich and diverse educational background spanning 40 years in both Canada and internationally, Mr. Abouchar has created this unique educational institution to instill in children a profound value for education while offering them a curricular program of study that leads students to the highest standard of academic achievement.   For the past 17 years, La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science has been the living testimony of his vision that All children can succeed!

Fluent in both English and French, Mr. Abouchar holds an Honours B.Sc. in Physics and Chemistry from the American University in Cairo, a B.Ed. from Althouse College of Education of the University of Western Ontario, a M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Western Ontario and a M.Ed. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

Beginning his extensive career in education by teaching Physics and sciences at the secondary level, Mr. Abouchar was recruited by the Ministry of Education as Education Officer, Provincial Consultant in Mathematics and Sciences and Secretary General of the Council for Franco-Ontarian Education.  He has among his various academic contributions also occupied the positions of Principal Investigator & Coordinator of the Ontario Assessment Instrument Pool in Chemistry and Physics, Professor at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa and Superintendent of Curriculum, Research and Continuing Education with the Ottawa-Carleton French Language School Board. Mr. Abouchar has also lead the Ontario delegation at the joint Canada-France Educational Workforce in Chad, founded the Multicultural Francophone Association of Ontario, and served for 9 years on the Ontario Advisory Council on Multiculturalism and Citizenship.

Mr. Abouchar has furthermore participated in the provincial overhauling of the Ontario Science Curriculum, written Physics and sciences textbooks, developed innovative educational software and related films, and lectured extensively on a variety of topics in Education.

A passionate musician and composer, Mr. Abouchar has successfully merged his musical talent with his expertise in computer technology and pedagogy to create a unique Computer Music Program of study which is offered exclusively to all elementary and secondary school students at La Citadelle.  The annually produced albums of their collective compositions are but tokens of the authentication of the development of their creativity and their power of learning and achieving at La Citadelle.

“Since 'seeing is believing ',  I gracefully extend an invitation to all parents of school children to visit La Citadelle and experience first-hand its harmonious and scholarly perspectives and to join us on our fascinating endeavor of distinctly shaping the lives of our children and leading them to success,” - Mr. Abouchar.


Curriculum Traditional, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What La Citadelle says: La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science offers an exceptional well-rounded education and a truly comprehensive advanced instructional program from PrepK to Grade 12 in a unique multilingual environment within the Canadian experience. Promoting a balance between languages, the arts and sciences in its pedagogy of excellence, which is based on the Ontario Curriculum, the IB and the AP programs, La Citadelle strives to create a well-rounded learning process that is geared to establish a marked impact on the holistic development of the learner.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based
    Academic Spanish immersion, French immersion

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What La Citadelle says: At La Citadelle, we believe that one can more effectively teach a subject if they have a passion for it. As such, specialized teachers are designated for specific subjects, and mathematics is no exception. Guided by the textbook, the approach to teach mathematics combines both the traditional and the discovery math approaches in an effort to equip the student with an array of skill sets relevant to the assimilation of mathematical concepts.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: Calculators may be used in an upper elementary class at the request of and under the supervision of the mathematics teachers. Secondary School students will possess a scientific calculator to use at their discretion, primarily outside of the classroom.

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What La Citadelle says: Reading beginnings are phonics-centred and will evolve into sound blends and word formation. Students begin this early reading practice in French in Junior Kindergarden and are relatively fluid readers in this language by the end of Grade 1. English as an academic subject begins in Grade 1, with a phonics-based system as well, but given their initial proficiency in the language overall, their reading skills are at par with their French ones by the end of this same year.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What La Citadelle says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Systematic approach

      The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What La Citadelle says: Beginner writing is systematic in both mechanics and content. As of Grade 1, there is a balanced approach to teaching a student the proper techniques to write cursive (how to hold a pencil, how to respect a line, forming letters, letter sizing, etc.) and what it is that they are writing. It begins with the ability to write sight words and to reproduce words containing sound blends seen in reading. From there, there is a gradual progression towards sentences, paragraphs and longer pieces of written works, all with a strong emphasis on correct sentence structure, and proper spelling.

    Science Expository

      Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: Based on the textbooks, we cover all strands required by the Ministry of Education at the elementary levels: Life Systems, Matter and Energy, Earth and Space systems and finally, Structures and Mechanisms. In grades 11 and 12, Science subjects are divided into the respective disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics which are offered as University Preparation courses.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What La Citadelle says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What La Citadelle says: The Ministry of Education conglomerates History, Geography and Civics into one big umbrella called Social Sciences. At la Citadelle, we believe, in preparation for the upper grades, that, though interconnected, each facet of the Social Sciences is a subject to be treated independently. Grades 1 & 2, are given a generalized Social Science course using an Expanding Communities approach. From Grades 3 to 6, History, Geography and Civics are treated as distinct units. We further divide the curriculum in the following manner. History is taught more with regards to world history, and Geography is taught with a heavy Canada slant. Civics remains a course with an Expanding Communities approach. At the secondary levels, each facet is considered a different subject in which separate credits are obtained.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Pragmatism

      Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What La Citadelle says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What La Citadelle says: Students are required to take a 3rd language (either Mandarin or Spanish), in addition to their bilingual (French, English) core education. This 3rd language is taken from Grade 2 all the way up to Grade 9. Guided by textbooks which are divided into units pertaining to everyday life, students are given the tools to actively communicate in every-day situations using the target language. Writing, though a key component, is not the primary focus of our 3rd language programme.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • Spanish

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What La Citadelle says: At La Citadelle, our main goal is to bring out the artist in every student. Through Fine Arts, Music, Drama, and other forms of creative courses our students receive an in-depth hands-on experience from specialized teachers who are passionate in what they do and bring to each student and the classroom curriculum.

    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What La Citadelle says: Computer literacy is an increasingly important skill in today's society, and it is a very valuable teaching and learning tool. We do not however believe that it should replace traditional teaching and learning skills as these too remain valuable assets. To maintain our students' level of computer proficiency, without it deterring teaching of other subjects, students from Kindergarten to Grade 10 take a mandatory computer technology course, in which they progress from learning basic computer and keyboarding skills to more advanced programmes and web design.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What La Citadelle says: Across all grades, the physical education programme combines both Health and Physical Education where students learn to make healthy active living a part of everyday life by participating in the classroom and gymnasium, out of doors, in schoolyards and school gardens, and in the community. Beginning with Kindergartens, students gradually develop their kinesthetic awareness and understanding of movement concepts as well as acquire an extensive subject-specific vocabulary. As students become adolescents, and are beginning to face important life decisions more advanced knowledge and skills are developed to help them better understand and cope with the changes they are experiencing and to make responsible decisions about the health of their adult bodies. In this programme, they have the opportunity to learn and establish patterns of healthy, active living

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP English Language and Composition

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What La Citadelle says: La Citadelle’s approach to sex education provides children with sensitive information to better understand their bodies, minds and overall wellness for life, ensuring they are correctly educated.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What La Citadelle says: Sex-ed is not currently taught under this designate and is not a topic on its own. Reproduction and Sexual Education are however introduced and integrated into various subject areas where it is pertinent (Physical Education & Health, Social Studies, Sciences, etc.).

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

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

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    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 La Citadelle says: At the four levels of the Kindergarten Panel, La Citadelle aims to instill in children a curiosity and a love of learning as they develop their own skills and talents. Offered exclusively in French through a concrete based pedagogy, the curriculum program at the Kindergarten Panel is structured in such a manner as to integrate a variety of subject matters such as play and learn, cursive writing, mathematics, sciences, computer studies, music and arts and to foster accelerated mastery learning and a high level of achievement by all children.

    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    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 La Citadelle says about flexible pacing: Starting from Grade 1, all subjects are taught by specialized teachers who teach across grade levels and school years and who provide students with the flexible academic support needed to make them achieve mastery learning.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What La Citadelle says: La Citadelle provides a rigorous curriculum in a holistic and supportive environment whereby our students excel academically, share an enthusiasm for knowledge, are outstanding world citizens, and value ethics and personal responsibility.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What La Citadelle says: La Citadelle offers a comprehensive, balanced and academically advanced program in languages, arts and sciences, enabling its students to acquire the fundamental intellectual, emotional, social and physical foundations to live a full and enriching life in an ever-changing global and technological world.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    La Citadelle offers no/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
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What La Citadelle says: La Citadelle seriously espouses excellent in education and instruction and, believing that all children are capable to succeed when properly supported, successfully implements a comprehensive advanced program of study at all grade levels that is comparable to the commonly defined gifted program.

    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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Site Average0 mins2 mins6 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins70 mins80 mins96 mins109 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesNursery/Toddler to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback1 to 12
    Academic achievement reportingNursery/Toddler to K
    Habits and behaviour reportingNursery/Toddler to K
    Parent-teacher meetingsNursery/Toddler to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What La Citadelle says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Cross-country skiing
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Math Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid




    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment Day3%
    2nd child (sibling)Day$1,100
    3rd child (sibling)Day$1,800
    4th child (sibling)Day$2,400

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: NS to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    Completion of La Citadelle's Bursary Application

    Merit based Scholarships

    Admission Scholarship Program (Grades 5 to 11)
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 5 to 11—

    This Admission Scholarship will be awarded to new registrants of Grade 5 to Grade 11 who have achieved an overall
    average of 95% and above or 90 to 94% on their last Report Card from their previous school. The amounts of $1,000 or
    $500 respectively will be credited to their first year tuition fees upon their admission at La Citadelle.

    Academic Scholarship Program (Grades 9 to 12)
    Amount: $500
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to 11—

    This Academic Scholarship will be granted to all students in Grades 9 to Grade 12 who achieve an overall average of 90%
    \r\nand above in all subjects and who are additionally recommended by their teachers for their exemplary comportment and
    \r\ncommunity service contributions throughout the year. All qualifying Grades 9 to 11 students will thus receive a "Certificate
    \r\nof Accomplishment" upon their promotion at the end of the year and a scholarship in the amount of $400 which will be
    \r\napplied as a credit to their tuition fees for the subsequent academic year. Qualifying Grade 12 students will receive a
    \r\n"Certificate of Accomplishment" upon their graduation at the end of the year and a cheque in the amount of $500 to support
    \r\ntheir enrolment to university.

    Academic Scholarship Program (Grades 5 to 8)
    Amount: $300
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 5 to 8—

    This Academic Scholarship will be granted to all students in Grade 5 to Grade 8 who achieve an overall average of 90% and
    above in the major academic subjects supported by exams (French, English, Mathematics, Sciences, History and
    Geography) and who are additionally recommended by their teachers for their exemplary comportment throughout the year.
    All qualifying students will thus receive the Prix d'Excellence upon their promotion at the end of the year and a scholarship
    in the amount of $300 which will be applied as a credit to their tuition fees for the subsequent academic year.

    Referral Discount Plan
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade NS to 12—

    At La Citadelle, you benefit from a $1000 reduction in the total tuition and fees you pay for your child, when a
    prospective parent you refer to the school registers his or her child at La Citadelle. The reduction will apply in the
    academic year the referred student is first registered.

    Early Admission Scholarship
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade NS to 12—

    At La Citadelle, you benefit from a $1000 reduction on the admission fee when you register your child, for the subsequent
    academic year, before December 1st of the current year.


    Total enrollment 200
    Average enrollment per grade12
    Average class size12 to 20
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (24 months) to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment12121515202020202020202020202020



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewNS - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)3 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What La Citadelle says:

    Please visit our website


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science is looking for: At La Citadelle, we believe that every child is unique in their own way, and that it is our duty to help each student shine and thrive through the grades and life itself. A Positive attitude and a willingness to learn always helps.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeNSPSJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    2 - 4 (95%)3 - 4 (95%)3 - 4 (95%)3 - 4 (95%)3 - 4 (90%)3 - 4 (90%)3 - 4 (80%)3 - 4 (80%)3 - 4 (80%)3 - 4 (75%)3 - 4 (75%)3 - 4 (75%)3 - 4 (70%)3 - 4 (70%)3 - 4 (70%)3 - 4 (70%)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size6
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements4
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): University of Toronto Queen's University Ryerson University University of Waterloo York University OCAD University McMaster University University of Ottawa Carleton University Western University
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): University of Toronto Queen's University Ryerson University University of Waterloo York University OCAD University McMaster University University of Ottawa Carleton University Western University

    What La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science says:

  • 90% of our students were awarded the Queen Elizabeth scholarship until it was withdrawn in 2012
  • 90% of our students graduate with Ontario Scholars designation
  • 100% graduates go to University and are accepted into their 1st choice Program
  • From all our graduates accepted in University, 15.5% have graduated from university and are employed in their field of study, the remaining are in 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th year in university or graduate programs.
  • Our graduates receive Entrance Scholarships, President Scholarships and early admission. Some of them even receive the admission as early as November of their Grade 12 year.

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Stavros Angelopolous 2006 • Life Science Program at University of Toronto • Business Administration at University of Toronto
    Donald Belfon 2010 • Humanities Program at Trinity College, University of Toronto • Honors Arts Program at St. Jerome’s at University of Waterloo • Global Studies at Huron College at University of Western
    Giovanni Murga 2006 • Electrical Engineering Program at Ryerson University with a $2,000 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship • Architectural Program at George Brown College • Marketing Program at McMaster
    Andrew Ilkay 2009 • University of Toronto • University of Western Ontario • York University
    Nils Fischer 2009 • University of Western Ontario • York University • OCAD University
    Kosta Vuckovic 2010 • Life Sciences Program at University of Toronto
    Anthony Xanthis 2010 • Life Sciences Program at University of Toronto • Psychology Program at York University • Arts & Science Program at University of Waterloo
    Andrew Arding 2011 • Hospitality and Tourism Program at Ryerson University
    Arshia Ghadimi 2011 • Business Management at University of Western
    Sébastian Reme 2011 • General Arts Major at York University
    Sahel Sanaei 2011 • Business Management at Ryerson University
    Maria Agudelo 2012 • Arts Program at Queen’s University
    Grace Gesualdo 2012 • Humanities Program, Vic One at University of Toronto • Northrop Frye Stream Program at University of Toronto
    Victor Ostrovsky 2012 • Screenwriting Program at York University • Social Work Program at Ryerson University
    Praveen Peripanathan 2012 • Honors Major Biological Science at University of Guelph
    Stéphanie Piché 2012 • Mathematics and Statistics I at McMaster University
    Ankita Rajpal 2012 • BISC Program, Herstmonceux Castle, England at Queen’s University • Psychology Program at University of Western • Social Sciences Program at McMaster University
    Gisèle Samaan 2012 • Science Engineering Program at University of Toronto • Physical and Mathematical Science Program, Victoria College at University of Toronto • Honors Science Program at University of Waterloo
    Sonia  Mezouari 2013 • Health Sciences Program in French at Laurentien University
    Alexa Ambrozic 2014 • BISC Program – Herstmonceux Castle, England at Queen’s University • Social Development Studies at University of Waterloo • Life Sciences Program at University of Toronto
    Marc Sarkis 2014 • Mechanical Engineering Diploma at Ryerson University • Mechanical Engineering Diploma at University of Windsor
    Colleen Abbott 2015 • Medical Sciences Program at University of Western Ontario with a $2,000 Excellence Scholarship • Life Science Program - McMaster University • Bachelor of Science Honours Program - Queen's University
    Naomi Akanmori 2015 • Life Sciences (Biology, Neuroscience and Psychology) Program at University of Toronto • Honors Biology and Psychology Program at Wilfred Laurier • Bachelor of Science Program in Biology at York University
    Lara El Sherbini 2015 • Bachelor of Arts Psychology Program at York University • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing & Painting Program at OCAD University
    Érica Piché 2015 • Bio-Medical Science Program at University of Guelph with a $3,000 scholarship • Life Sciences Program at McMaster University with a $2,500 scholarship • Bachelor of Science (Honors) Program at Queen’s University with Scholarship
    Emilie  Smith 2015 • Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at Queen’s University, which only accepts 30 students each year • Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Program at Queen’s University with Scholarship • Faculty of Arts at McGill University
    Matthew Young 2015 • Computer Security Program at York University • Computer Science Program at Ryerson University

    Stories & Testimonials


    My attendance at La Citadelle was a turning point in my education.

    As a former student of La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science I can attest to the strong, well-rounded education offered by Mr. Abouchar and his dedicated staff. In May of this year, I completed Medical School at McGill University and following my graduation, I found myself reminiscing with my family about the people who have a had formative role in shaping the person that I am today. A name that we all brought up was Alfred Abouchar. As one of first five students to attend La Citadelle, I can recall Mr. Abouchar doing triple duty as headmaster, science teacher and friend. Alfred (he would let the students call him by his first name) wasn’t just the principal, he was also a mentor. From these humble beginnings, La Citadelle grew quickly, however Mr. Abouchar and his teachers never lost that personal touch. Every student knew that the teaching staff believed in their potential. In all honesty, my attendance at La Citadelle was a turning point in my education. It was here where I learned that I could not only achieve academic excellence, but that an interest in the arts and language were also key components to both personal success and happiness. Alfred, I cannot thank you enough!


    La Citadelle is the best kept secret!

    La Citadelle is the best kept secret! We found out about the school from a newspaper ad.  Our two children were attending another IB private school at that time with which we were getting a bit frustrated. We liked what the ad said, so we scheduled an appointment to check out the school.

    We met with the Headmaster and he took us on a tour. To say we were impressed is an understatement. We were blown away by curriculum - starting from grade 1 kids get a specialized teacher! So your music teacher doesn’t teach you math and your math teacher doesn't teach you art. Each subject is thought by a subject matter expert! FROM GRADE 1!!!!!!!

     Academically the school is very advanced, some books are for grades two years ahead, and surprisingly kids don't struggle with it, but progress impressively well, thanks to the hard work of the dedicated and very competent teachers. Amazing!

    We didn't come to La Citadelle from a French school and both our kids had very limited French (we started grade 4 and SK). Two years later our oldest child gets into the top 10 for the Salon De Livre Writing Contest (and just to note, the first place was won by a La Citadelle student).

     The school also consistently wins top spots in science fair competitions. Two years ago grade 7 students from La Citadelle won a gold medal in Toronto Science Fair and were invited to present their project at the Toronto World Congress of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering as well as at the Research Chairs Symposium. Wow, right?

    And the most important, while achieving all this, kids are having fun! There is not enough review space to describe how amazing the school is! You have to see it for yourself.


    We would certainly recommend La Citadelle to any prospective parents

    My wife and I selected La Citadelle after perusing their booth at one of the OurKids private school expos and also attending two open days at the campus itself. We have been very impressed with the new location as well as the inclusive, community driven, safe and welcoming environment for a multi-faceted and wholesome bi-lingual education of our son.

    We would certainly recommend La Citadelle to any prospective parents looking for well-rounded environment for their children with very high academic and personal standards.


    La Citadelle is an extension of the home.

    La Citadelle is an extension of the home. It is a close-knit family of parents, students and staff who come together to provide a high standard of academics, social and emotional well-being for it's children. We are happy to see both our children advancing toward bilingualism and couldn't be happier with our choice !


    Outstanding school.

    Outstanding school. Well-rounded education with a strong focus on high academic achievement. Competent, caring and committed teachers. Safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. The small class sizes allow for personal attention and orderly classrooms. A very strong sense of community and a singular harmony amongst students of all grades, teachers, staff and parents. My children, like most of their schoolmates, simply love their school!



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