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 LFT is the only secular French school in Toronto approved by the French Ministry of National Education from PRE-K to Gr.12. Our school offers our students the best of both cultures: academic excellence and a strong focus on personal development. With a complete mastery of 3 to 4 languages in Gr.12 and the recognition of the French Bac, our students integrate well into the leading American and European universities. The values of fraternity and equality are at the heart of our identity and teaching philosophy. — 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.