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TFS - Canada's International School
TFS - Canada's International School
306 Lawrence Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7
Contact name:
Susan Markle

Phone number:
(416) 484-6533×
TFS - Canada's International School

TFS - Canada's International School

306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7

Language-based,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
$17,600 to 31,100/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 22
Day: 1,375 (Gr. NS - 12)

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Contact Name:
Susan Markle

Phone Number:

School Address
306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7

About this school:

As the pioneer of French immersion in Canada, TFS provides an education that is unparalleled in its excellence, one that will prepare students for success in today’s global world. Bilingual and coed since 1962, TFS combines the three esteemed curricula of France, the Ministry of Ontario, and the full continuum of bilingual International Baccalaureate programs, offering students an experience that is rich in challenge, diversity and opportunity.

TFS welcomes students from age 2 to Grade 12 whose parents want them to master French and English, while balancing rigorous arts, science and humanities programs. Fewer than 10 per cent of new students have a French-language background when they enrol, but all are bilingual when they graduate due to our successful Intro program, offered up to and including Grade 7.

TFS students are well-rounded. They are inquisitive, bilingual learners.  And they form friends for life within the warm, supportive and multicultural TFS community.

Our strong co-curricular program includes recreational and competitive sports, music, visual and dramatic arts. Students benefit from exceptional facilities, a 26-acre ravine, and a diverse, non-denominational environment. We have two campuses: Toronto (age 2 to UE) and Mississauga (PK to Grade 7).

Full Grade 7 entrance scholarship available. (See website for details.)

Principal's Message


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.”



Curriculum Language-based, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Language-based
Language immersion schools teach students a full academic curriculum but in a different language than English (or French in parts of Quebec). By the time students graduate from an immersion program, they should be fully bilingual in both their mother tongue (English/French) and in the language of instruction. Immersion schools are appropriate for bright students who welcome the extra cognitive and academic challenge.

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate offered:

    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

  • Mathematics
    • What TFS says: [ TFS has not provided this information]

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: [ TFS has not provided this information]

    • Calculator policy: [ TFS has not provided this information]

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

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    • Teaching approach: [ TFS has not provided this information]

    • 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

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    Social Studies
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    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What TFS says: [ TFS has not provided this information]

    Foreign Languages
    • What TFS says: [ TFS has not provided this information]

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • German • Greek • Latin • Spanish

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
    • What TFS says: [ TFS has not provided this information]

    Computers and Technology
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    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
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    • TFS's approach to sex-ed: [ TFS has not provided this information]

    Religious Education
    • What TFS says: [ TFS has not provided this information]

    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)

              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.

              What TFS says: [ TFS has not provided this information]

              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 TFS says about flexible pacing: [ TFS has not provided this information]

              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: [ TFS has not provided this information]

              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: [ TFS has not provided this information]

              Special Needs Support Limited


              TFS 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

              No Support

              TFS does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.


              What TFS says:

              TFS - Canada's International School has not provided this information.

              • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
                Ice Hockey
                Ice Skating
                Track & Field
              • Clubs Offered
                Chess Club
                Community Service
                Computer Club
                Debate Club
                Drama Club
                Environmental Club
                Foreign Language Club
                Jazz Ensemble
                Math Club
                Musical theatre/Opera
                Robotics club
                School newspaper
                Science Club
                Student Council

              Tuition & Financial Aid





              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: Preschool 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:

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

              Merit based Scholarships

              Grade 7 Entrance Scholarship
              Amount: 100%
              Deadline: 04/30/2016
              Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to —

              We are still seeking our entrance scholar for September 2016. Candidates are encouraged to submit their application until April 30. Applying is easy, and TFS will support you at every stage!

              TFS offers a full Grade 7 Entrance Scholarship program, for academically ambitious and high-achieving students who are eager for exceptional opportunities to learn and reach their potential. To qualify, students must demonstrate high academic standing and involvement in their school and/or community as well as financial need. As this is a full scholarship, we define financial need as a family’s inability to pay for any part of TFS’ tuition fees. Students do not need to speak French to apply, but must be interested in becoming bilingual. 

              Application Details:

              Please view tfs.ca for full details.

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


              Total enrollment 1,375
              Average enrollment per grade81
              Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
              Boarding offeredNo

              Student distribution: We do not have this data for TFS - Canada's International School




              Admissions Assessments:

              Assessment = requiredGrades
              SSAT (out of province)
              Entrance Exam(s)N/A

              Application Deadlines:

              Day students:

              What TFS says: TFS - Canada's International School has not provided this information


              Acceptance Rate:


              Type of student TFS - Canada's International School is looking for: TFS has not provided this information

              Student Entry Points

              Student TypeNSPSJKSK123456789101112
              Day Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)

              University Placement

              Services = offered
              Career planning
              Mentorship Program
              University counseling
              Key Numbers
              Average graduating class size60
              *Canadian "Big 6" placements25
              **Ivy+ placements20

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

              **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)

              What TFS - Canada's International School says:

            • Canada: Carleton University, Concordia University, McGill University, McMaster University, Queen’s University, Ryerson University, University of British Columbia, University of King’s College, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, University of Waterloo, Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University
            • U.S.A: Babson College, Boston College, Chapman University, Colby College, Colgate University, Columbia University, Emory University, Harvard University, Macalester College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Middlebury College, New York University, The New School, University of Chicago
            • Europe: Sciences Po (France), University College of Dublin (Ireland).

            • Notable Alumni

              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


              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


              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. ...


              • Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE) Associations
              • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
              • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations
              • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations
              • The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Associations

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