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Toronto International Academy

223-1140 Burnhamthrope Road West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5C 4E9
2-177 Cross Avenue, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2W7
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 10 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$9,600 to 14,400/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 10
Day: Varies (Gr. 10 - 12), Homestay: Varies (Gr. 10 - 12)

School Address
223-1140 Burnhamthrope Road West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5C 4E9
2-177 Cross Avenue, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2W7



About this school:


Established in 2004, Toronto International Academy (TIA) is a post-secondary preparatory school for grades 10-12, with two convenient locations in Mississauga and Oakville. TIA’s strong focus on teaching 21st century skills combined with its student-centered approach helps students meet the ever increasing demands of top ranked universities. Through smaller class sizes, persistent monitoring of student progress, and ongoing counselling, TIA delivers the exceptional results parents and students are looking for.

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Our Take: Toronto International Academy

our takeThere are many ways of defining success, though the one that TIA has built its program around is this: university acceptance. Many students arrive from overseas, and part of the goal of the school is to acclimate them to life in Canada. For all students, local or international, the program is designed to build academic strength and confidence as well as the study skills that will help them achieve their academic potential once in university. What the school may lack in extended extracurricular programs it gains in close attention and support. The ideal student is one intending to enter a Canadian university confident in their academic abilities and study skills.  

Principal's Message


Charles Lee, Principal

Welcome to Toronto International Academy, one of the most unique private schools in the Greater Toronto Area.

At TIA, we strive to help students succeed in their academic pursuits.

We put our focus on providing the best support team of highly qualified teachers and guidance counselors to work with the students in a healthy and respectful environment.

Our effective class sizes make it possible for our instructors to demonstrate a genuine interest in the progress and well being of each student.

Whether your future plans include Post-Secondary studies or entrance into the work force, important life skills such as communication, self-motivation, and confidence are necessary to produce future leaders in any field.

I sincerely hope that TIA will be your choice in taking that first step towards fulfilling your goals. I look forward to welcoming all of you.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What TIA says: Toronto International Academy is a private high school that provides a more individualized and stimulating programs while keeping a traditional approach to education. TIA follows the Ontario Curriculum set by the Ministry of Education. Our enriched curriculum, dedicated teachers, and flexible admission schedule ensure every student is given the opportunity to succeed. All course are taught in a manner that students will be able to develop critical thinking skills and able to effectively apply knowledge to various scenarios and the real-world.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What TIA says: TIA uses the traditional way of teaching and learning mathematics. Procedural understanding of math is established first before progressing onto application and inquiry-based problems.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Nelson 11 Functions Nelson 12 Advanced Functions Nelson 12 Calculus and Vectors McGraw Hill Ryerson Mathematics of Data Management

    • Calculator policy: Scientific calculator allowed for quizzes, tests, and exams unless stated otherwise by the teacher.

    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: An equal balance approach is used for teaching science here at TIA. Students will learn scientific facts, laws, and theories through teacher led lessons to familiarize themselves with new words. Inquiry-based approach (projects and experiments) is utilized to allow students to "do" science and allow them to construct their own knowledge with minimal teacher interference.

    • 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 Equal Balance

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

    • What TIA says: TIA literature is taught using both traditional and social action approaches. Students are taught to appreciate various literature and to develop critical thinking through discussions. Students are also encouraged to get involved in social issues pertaining to the community.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What TIA says: TIA offers social science programs such as history, geography, sociology,and psychology. Students will develop critical thinking through debates and essay writing as well as learning real life skills through projects.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What TIA says: Listening, writing, and speaking skills are developed through a combination of reports, quizzes, tests, projects, presentations, drills, and games.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   10
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • ESL

    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
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What TIA says: We offer high school visual art courses and portfolio preparation for university entrance.

    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 TIA says: Not offered.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What TIA says: Emphasis is put on improving one's body physically and emotionally through physical exercises and sporting activities.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Chemistry

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

    What TIA says: This information is not currently available.

    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 TIA says: Sex-Ed curriculum allows students to learn about their body and various ways that they can protect themselves. Topics regarding consent, contraceptives, and gender equality are discusses extensively.

    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 TIA says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    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 TIA says: TIA focuses on students academic performance and challenges students to their fullest potential. TIA has high expectation and standards for all of its students in all subject matter.

    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 TIA says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    TIA 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 No Support

    TIA does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    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, Toronto International Academy students perform an average of 30 mins of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    TIA 30 mins30 mins30 mins
    Site Average80 mins95 mins108 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades10 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting10 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting10 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings10 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What TIA says:
    • After school programs/clubs

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Chess Club
      Environmental Club
      Math Club
      Outdoor Club
      School newspaper
      Science Club

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic: in province) Homestay (International)
    Day (Domestic: in province)$9,600
    Homestay (International)$14,400


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students5%

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Entrance Scholarships for Local Students (2015-2016)
    Amount: $3,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 10 to 12—

    TIA's Entrance Scholarship is available to any qualified* local students achieving a 75% or greater final admission average. 

    Average 90%+  $3,000               85%-89.99%   $2000        80%-84.99%    $1500         75%-79.99%    $1000

    Qualification Criteria* 

    • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
    • Should be achieving a minimum 75% final admission average in a Canadian school. 
    • Be registered as a full-time day school student with a minimum of 6 courses or more per year
    • Provide a reference letter written by a person that is not a family member
    • Submit a 500 word essay explaining reason(s) for attending TIA and how they can contribute to the school 
    Application Details:

    Eligible local students are required to submit prior school transcript, an essay, and a reference letter, along with complete

    application documents to be considered for an entrance scholarship.   


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class size8 to 10
    Gender (grades)Gr. 10 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment515
    Homestay Enrollment51015



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Homestay students:

    What TIA says:

    - Application Form  

    - School Transcript from previous school showing most recent 2 years 

    - Photo I.D. 


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Toronto International Academy is looking for: Any students ready to focus academically to advance to one of the top universities in Canada are welcomed to join our school. Our counseling and teaching team will work with each individual student and parents all the way through until he or she successfully achieves specific post secondary goal.

    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    10 (100%)20 (95%)40 (90%)
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size40
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements20
    **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)

    What Toronto International Academy says:

  • Approximately 50% of the graduates gone onto University of Toronto

  • Stories & Testimonials


    One of the best ROI (Return on Investment)

    After completing two summer school courses at TIA, TL realized that it was worth his while to enroll as a full-time student for his senior year. With his heart set on attending one of the top business schools in Canada, TL needed an average of 90+ to secure offers from universities like Western, York, and University of Toronto. In spite of his intelligence, TL’ immature attitude and teenage angst threatened to ruin his chances of receiving any offers. However, because patience is a TIA virtue, teachers were quickly able to gain his trust, which lead to a dramatic increase in TL’ performance. In fact, the toughest battle that TL had to face was deciding which university he would attend. After much deliberation, and lots of bickering with the ‘rents (Hey, TIA can’t perform miracles!), a mutual decision was reached – TL will be attending York’s prestigious Schulich School of Business starting in September on a scholarship. 


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    August 21, 2017 - TIA Grads Waltz Through Beautiful Park for Photos

    One by one, the graduates of Toronto International Academy arrived at Mississauga’s Kariya Park for their big photo op day. ...

    August 9, 2016 - 2015 Terry Fox Run

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