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TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

   
1293 Meredith Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 2E6

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Curriculum:
Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 7 (Coed)
Tuition:
$11,900 to 26,150/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 22
Enrolment:
Day: 165 (Gr. PS - 7)

School Address
1293 Meredith Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 2E6
306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7

About this school:

highlights

TFS' West Campus in Mississauga offers a rigorous bilingual education with an international perspective. Our students become individuals who reflect, citizens who act. Our close-knit community welcomes boys and girls from PK to Grade 7. No prior knowledge of French is required. We offer a rich array of sports and co-curriculars. Bus service from Oakville, Mississauga and Etobicoke. After Grade 7, students continue their studies at the Toronto campus, using a complimentary TFS shuttle bus. (See TFS Toronto listing.) — Visit school website





Upcoming Events Next event: January 19, 2018

upcoming events
  • January 19, 2018Open House: West Campus (PK to Grade 7)
    TFS - Canada's International School, 1293 Meredith Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario
    Join us Friday, January 19 from 09:30 am - 11:30 am

    Please RSVP to register or call Admissions at 416-484-6980, ext. 4247 for more information.

    http://www.tfs.ca/admissions/open_house_dates/


  • April 18, 2018Open House: West Campus (PK to Grade 7)
    TFS - Canada's International School, 1293 Meredith Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, April 18 from 09:30 am - 11:30 am

    Please RSVP to register or call Admissions at 416-484-6980, ext. 4247 for more information.

    http://www.tfs.ca/admissions/open_house_dates/



Principal's Message

principal

Dr. Josep L. González, Head of School

Dr. Josep L. González is TFS’ Head of School. Dr. González brings to TFS exceptional academic and international experience. Prior to his appointment in 2015, Dr. González was Headmaster at the British School of Barcelona (BSB), an international and co-ed school.

He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Oxford, and has been department head, and a language and literature professor and lecturer, for over two decades at prestigious schools and universities, including Eton College and the University of Oxford. With a passion for languages, he speaks French, English, Catalan, Spanish and Italian fluently.

Among his other accomplishments, Dr. González has designed a pre-university syllabus for Cambridge International Examinations, written award-winning novels and has been a cultural commentator and media spokesperson on many educational topics, including bilingualism in schools and developing students’ international mindedness.

“There are few schools like TFS in the world,” stated Dr. González upon his appointment. “Students are immersed in and master French, as well as other languages, and they study multiple international curricula all within a wonderfully diverse and supportive community. I can’t imagine how you could better prepare your child for the complex, interconnected world we now live in. I’m honoured to head such a school.”


Academics


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate


What TFS says: Academic excellence is our bedrock. TFS offers a blend of three distinguished curricula - the best of France and Ontario, and the International Baccalaureate programs from PK to Grade 12 - providing our students with an education that is rich in challenge, diversity and opportunity.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based
    Academic 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 TFS says: The Mathematics program develops students’ ability to work independently and their aptitude to seek, communicate, and justify mathematical statements. Problem solving and creativity will be integrated in all areas of mathematics.

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  


    • What TFS says: The early reading program focuses on phonics instruction in French and English, with guided reading and levelled literacy that suits individual needs and abilities.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What TFS says: Regular running records and miscue analysis, CTBS testing


    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What TFS says: Cursive writing instruction begins in SK, and students have access to a handwriting app developed by a TFS teacher for the iPad. The writing process is taught thoughout the grades, including writing reflections and reading for authentic purposes, as part of the IB programs.


    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: The study of science is integrated into units of inquiry in the primary grades, emphasizing inquiry-based learning, digital tools and robotics. In Grade 6, science is taught as a specialized subject, leading to biology, chemistry and physics study in later years.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

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

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What TFS says: Grades 2-5: Students receive daily instruction in English and French. Language experiences support the Program of Inquiry and fulfil the Ontario curriculum’s Language expectations. The language curriculum is organized into four strands: Reading, Writing, Media Literacy and Oral Communication. In later grades, through our literature program, students will expand their knowledge of literary genres. Reading various kinds of texts will help students to discover what interests them most and to pursue and develop their interests and abilities.


    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What TFS says: Students explore social studies through the PYP's program of inquiry, with central ideas and key concepts relating to the themes of who we are, where we are in place and time, how we express ourselves, how the world works, how we organize ourselves and sharing the planet.


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What TFS 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 TFS says: TFS is a bilingual French-English school. In addition to becoming fluent in both languages, students also learn a third language.

    • Languages Offered: • French • German • Spanish


    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What TFS says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What TFS says: TFS has made the integration of information technology into the curriculum a priority. Students have access to a wide array of technology, including Apple laptops and desktops, iPads, digital cameras, production equipment, robotics, interactive whiteboards and projectors in every classroom, and much more.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What TFS says: Health and Physical Education courses are part of the regular curriculum. TFS appreciates the benefits of physical activity to academic performance. Students with higher levels of fitness have a more developed brain structure, perform better on cognitive tests, and have heightened levels of focus and retention. Skating and swimming programs are scheduled throughout the year as part of the curriculum in different grades.


    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)

      Group 2 (Language B)

        Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

          Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

            Group 5 (Mathematics)

              Group 6 (The Arts)

              Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
              Topics covered in sex and health education:
              Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
              Body parts Gr. 1 Gr. 1
              Nutrition Gr. 1 Gr. 1
              Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
              Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
              Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4 Gr. 4
              Reproduction Gr. 5 Gr. 5
              Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
              Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
              Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
              Contraception Gr. 8
              Consent Gr. 9
              Sexual orientation Gr. 8
              Gender identity Gr. 8
              Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10
              Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8
              Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12
              Sexual harassment Gr. 9
              Body image issues Gr. 7 Gr. 7
              Mental illness Gr. 11
              Social justice and diversity

              What TFS says: This information is not currently available.

              Approach:
              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.

              Traditional

              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.

              Progressive

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


              What TFS says: TFS follows the Ontario curriculum for health and sexual education, with changes based on age-appropriateness and curriculum integration.



              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 TFS says: From Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 1, TFS teaches a unique blend of curricula: that of the Ministry of Education of Ontario, the Ministry of Education of France and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization. From the moment children join TFS, through Grade 1 (CP), they are instructed only in French. Children quickly embrace the language and are gently encouraged to increase their use of French during classroom activities.


              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 TFS says about flexible pacing: Flexible and self-paced programs include Math XL and Mathletics, coding, digital citizenship programs.


              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 TFS says: This information is not currently available.


              Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

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

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

              What TFS says: This information is not currently available.


              Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

              Mild difficulties

              TFS can provide support for mild disablities. TFS does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

              • 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
                Accommodations
                Modifications
                Extra support

              Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

              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 (The main focus is on acceleration. This means that all students work at a much quicker pace than public school peers (usually working at least one grade-level ahead). )

              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 TFS says: This information is not currently available.

              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 7, TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

              Nightly Homework
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              TFS 0 mins0 mins0 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins
              Site Average2 mins5 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins

              Report Card Policy

              How assessments are delivered across the grades:

              Lettered or numbered gradesPreschool to 7
              Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to 7
              Academic achievement reportingPreschool to 7
              Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to 7
              Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to 7

              Class Sizes Not available

              This information is not currently available.

              Recess Policy

               GradesPSJKSK1234567
              Non-lunch recessFrequency 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day
              Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
              Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
              Lunch recessAmount 120 65 65 65 45 45 45 45 45 45

              What TFS says: This information is not currently available.

              Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods. Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

              What TFS says: This information is not currently available.



              Extracurriculars

              principal
              What TFS says:

              This information is not currently available.


              • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
                Badminton
                Baseball
                Basketball
                Ice Hockey
                Lacrosse
                Rowing
                Soccer
                Softball
                Swimming
                Tennis
                Track & Field
                Volleyball
              • Clubs Offered
                Art Club
                Chess Club
                Robotics club
                Student Council
                Yoga

              Tuition & Financial Aid

              Tuition

              Day Day (Half day)
               
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              Day$21,420$23,620$26,150
              Day (Half day)$11,900


              Discounts

              Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
              3rd child (sibling)all students$500
              4th child (sibling)all students$500


              Need-based financial aid

              Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
              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 Repeats annually

              More information:

              Application Details:

              This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications



              Merit based Scholarships

              Grade 7 Entrance Scholarship
              Amount: 100%
              Academic
              Deadline: 12/02/2016
              Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to —

              TFS will award one full scholarship to an incoming student who is starting Grade 7 in September 2017, and who demonstrates high academic standing, involvement in his/her school and/or community, as well as financial need. As this is a full scholarship, covering tuition, uniform, books and incidental fees, we define financial need as a family’s inability to pay for any part of TFS’ tuition fees.

              The TFS Grade 7 Entrance Scholarship is renewable every year until graduation, if the student maintains an average of 80% and meets the conditions noted below. 

              Students do not need to speak French to apply, but must be keenly interested in becoming bilingual.

              We are now accepting applications for the scholarship and urge students who are seeking an exceptional education to apply! Applications are due on Friday, December 2. Applying is easy, and TFS will support you at every stage!

              Application Details:

              Please view tfs.ca for full details.

              For more details, visit: www.tfs.ca/admissions/scholarship/

              Enrollment

              Total enrollment 165
              Average enrollment per grade15
              Average class size12 to 22
              Gender (grades)Preschool to 7 (Coed)
              Boarding offeredNo

              Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


              Admission

              Application

              Admissions Assessments:

              Assessment = requiredGrades
              Interview6 - 12
              SSAT6 - 12
              SSAT (out of province)6 - 12
              Entrance Exam(s)PS - 12
              Entrance Essay
              Application Fee 

              Application Deadlines:

              Day students:
              Rolling


              What TFS says: This information is not currently available.


              Acceptance

              Acceptance Rate:

              100%

              Type of student TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) is looking for: Please view the website at www.tfs.ca.



              Student Entry Points

              Student TypePSJKSK1234567
              Day Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              0000000000

              Notable Alumni

              highlights
              Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
              Martha  Baillie 1977 Bestselling author and Giller Prize nominee (2009), University of Edinburgh, l’Université Paris-Sorbonne and University of Toronto.
              Molly  Shoichet 1983 Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research, Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Recipient of the Order of Ontario (2011).
              Samantha  Nutt 1987 Founder & Executive Director of War Child Canada and bestselling author. Recipient of the Order of Ontario (2010) and Order of Canada (2011). M.D., McMaster University.
              Alastair  Rucklidge 1982 Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds (UK), Ph.D., University of Cambridge.
              Karandeep  Sonu Gaind 1986 Psychiatrist and Psycho-Oncology Consultant, Princess Margaret Hospital. Associate Professor, University of Toronto. M.D., University of Toronto.
              Justin  Poy 1987 Creative Director, The Justin Poy Agency. B.A. (Radio and Television), Ryerson University.
              Carole  Piovasan 1995 Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP. M.Sc., Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries, London School of Economics and Political Science. J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
              Ruth  Milkereit 2004 Ph.D. Candidate, Biochemistry, University of Toronto. Direct entry from B.Sc., Immunology, McGill University.
              Daniel  Posen 2005 Ph.D. Candidate, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University (US), Master of Research in Green Chemistry, Imperial College, London, Master of Science in Economics, London School of Economics/Political Science.

              Stories & Testimonials

              News

              TFS is IB All the Way

              TFS is Canada’s International School and nous sommes une école IB spectre complet ainsi!

              The only IB full continuum bilingual school in Canada

              TFS today announced that it has received authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization to teach the Primary Years (PYP) and Middle Years (MYP) Programs. This milestone means that TFS is now the only bilingual, full continuum IB school from PK through Grade 12 in Canada.

              In tribute to this very special day, questions taken directly from our students’ PYP and MYP units of inquiry were posted around both of TFS’ Toronto and Mississauga campuses, and the IB flag given a place of honour.

              Said Headmaster Dr. John Godfrey of the achievement, “Our students are receiving an exceptional education, one that is rigorous, yet balanced. They are engaging deeply, and developing essential academic and life skills, such as critical thinking and self-reflection - skills that will ready them to thrive in university and life. They are being given an international lens to view the world, widening their perspectives and possibilities. And all of these characteristics are set within a philosophy, a set of values, called the IB learner profile.”

              Ontario, France and beyond

              By combining the IB programs with the highly-regarded curricula of Ontario and France, TFS offers its students an education that is unmatched in its rich international and bilingual curriculum. Our students are prepared to succeed.

              Un grand merci!

              A huge thank you goes to every member of the school community for making this day a reality. From the Principals and the Directors of Primary Studies and the Director of Curriculum, to the teachers across both our campuses, three years of dedicated effort went into bringing this authorization to fruition. ...



              In the News

              News

              August 10, 2016 - TFS' Graduating Class of 2016 Featured in the Globe and Mail

              TFS' graduating Class of 2016 was featured in the Globe and Mail on Saturday, June 4. Our 68 new graduates are polished and inspiring... ...


              August 11, 2015 - Reflecting on the Graduating Class of 2015

              The end of a school year provided everyone at TFS with a time to reflect on the wonderful memories that were created during 2014-2105. ...



              Associations

              Associations
              • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
              • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations
              • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations


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