Boualem Maizia, Headmaster
Mr. Maizia has been appointed Headmaster of the Lycée Français de Toronto as of September 1st, 2014.
He is currently Head of the French Section of the Awty International School in Houston.
The Lycée is a French school offering an outstanding education from Pre-Kindergarten to University Entrance. We are affiliated with the Ministère de l’Education Nationale de France and are a part of the A.E.F.E. network of 495 schools across 137 countries. A standardized curriculum gives students the opportunity to study at any Lycée across the world. The Lycée promotes excellence in languages–English, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Italian and Latin, a vibrant and expanding sports program (soccer, rugby, basketball…) and a growing music and arts program. Our Grade 12 students are awarded early acceptances, scholarships and credits at top universities across Canada, France, USA and Europe. The diversity of our student population gives them the opportunity to experience life in a global village and promotes tolerance, respect and team work. We offer after-school day care and extracurricular programs (soccer, karate, mad science, art...). During school breaks our sports and French-speaking activity camps are open to the community. — Visit school website
Not all immersion programs are created equally, and Lycée Francais is an example of that. The school was founded in 1995 with support from the French consulate to offer a French education to the children of French nationals living in Toronto (a portion of the faculty, then as now, are themselves French nationals). The program is based on the curriculum used in France, as developed by the French Ministry of Education. That said, the most substantive difference is that the program is dual, admitting students with either English or French as a first language, with French as the primary language of instruction from pre-school on up. Immersion often gets lumped in with gifted programs, though it's not at all just for high flyers. That said, the LFT program is challenging and very much intended, especially in the upper grades, for students preparing to enroll at university.