One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    ArtsCalibre Academy

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1962

     

    2011


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    180


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 7

     

    Preschool to 10


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Arts


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

     

    Progressive, Reggio Emilia


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Accelerated
    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).
     
    Standard-enriched
    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.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    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”.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    12 to 22

     

    10 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    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.
     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $11,310 to $28,170

     

    $4,750 to $5,850


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    18

     

    13


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    ArtsCalibre Academy

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    information not available

    Our Take

    Our Take

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, marking the end of an astonishing period of growth and development. The school really did start in a basement, moving from there into a range of branches throughout the GTA, in time consolidating onto the two campuses that the school occupies today. Schools don't grow that much, or that quickly, if they aren't servicing a specific need, and certainly that's true of TFS. The acronym stands for Toronto French School, which is the name that the school was founded with, though in time it was offering a lot more than the name suggested. Language remains an important part of the curriculum, though the culture of the school reaches beyond language. The environment is rich, varied, and supportive. The student body is culturally and academically diverse, all of which is encouraged through a robust bursary program.

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    Too often when a public school board seeks to trim costs they look to arts programming. We like the three Rs, to be sure, and they’re important. But the division between those and the arts isn’t perhaps as clear as some might think. When the people, all those thousands of years ago, wanted to express themselves to others on the walls of the caves at Lascaux, they painted pictures and (presumably) told stories about them. They were communicating about hunting, or so it seems, and they did it through art. We do that too, of course. The arts—music, fine art, dance—are central to the way we express our thoughts, ideas, and our identities. As such, they are central to the way we understand the thoughts, ideas and identities of others. Which is the thinking that ArtsCalibre brings to the delivery of the curriculum. Rather than reducing and isolating the arts, they’ve decided to bring them forward. It’s not for everyone, perhaps, though for many students it’s an important means of engaging with the curricular content. The success that ArtsCalibre has had in the years since it was founded is certainly testament to that. The preschool and elementary programs are divided between two locations, giving each a sense of identity and, through proximity to the Cedar Hill Recreation facilities, an impressive range of resources, especially for a school of this size. Small classes, personal attention, a rich interface between faculty and families, and on it goes. In all, there’s a lot to love.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    ArtsCalibre Academy

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    information not available

    Description

    Description

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    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.)

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    ArtsCalibre Academy is a fully accredited independent school in Victoria, BC -- providing outstanding, Arts-enriched education at an affordable cost.  We use music, dance, theatre and visual arts as vehicles for meeting and exceeding the provincial curriculum in a safe, experiential and collaborative environment.  Our dynamic program not only challenges students academically, but also builds their capacity to think creatively, to question the norm and embrace new perspectives...truly unlocking their full potential.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    ArtsCalibre Academy

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    Message

    Dr. Josep L. González is TFS’ Head of School. Dr. González brings to TFS exceptional academic and international experience. 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.

    In his welcome message, he writes: “TFS holds a special place in history as the pioneer of French immersion education in Canada. Today, as a French and multilingual international school, we are in a unique position to empower our students to become accomplished individuals, as well as responsible citizens who consciously choose to make a positive difference in the world. In fact, that is precisely the sentiment expressed in our motto: Individuals who reflect, citizens who act.

    Our school has long been renowned for its excellent academics. In addition, our identity is deepened by ascribing to specific values – integrity, discernment, respect and engagement – that are lived by staff and nurtured in students every day. Ultimately, a TFS education is based on three major pillars: academic ambition, all-round development and an international perspective.

    This explains why our graduates are well-rounded, emotionally intelligent young men and women, who can balance their rights as individuals with their responsibilities as citizens.

    As a school that was founded to promote multilingualism as one of its core principles, we are particularly conscious that fluency in other languages gives TFS students a gateway to other cultures and different ways of understanding the world. Our families and staff are linguistically and culturally diverse, and this diversity strengthens us as a community.

    Our pupils have many opportunities to experience the power of language and gain intercultural competencies through a range of trips and exchanges abroad. Our international perspective is further reinforced by teaching the curricula of France and Ontario through the framework established by the IB programs.

    It is this layering of language, personal interaction, experiential journeys and varied academic programs that gives TFS students an international outlook and inspires in them a purposeful will to contribute to the progress of humanity.

    These are the ideals and beliefs that permeate our community, as we walk together in the same direction and share the conviction that we provide the best possible education for our children."

    Walk through the doors of ArtsCalibre Academy at 7:30 AM, and you will see the teachers there busily preparing for the day.  At 8:45 the doors open to our students, and they all enter beaming in anticipation of what the day holds for them.

    But what is beyond those smiles?  What is so special about our approach to education – the strong integration of the Arts into our curriculum?  Why ArtsCalibre Academy?

    The reasons are many, and widely and credibly documented.  Years of research demonstrate that Arts education is closely linked to almost everything that we say we want for our children, and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, engagement and equal opportunity.  Involvement in the Arts is associated with strong gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skills.  Arts enriched learning can also dramatically improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork.

    Why are our children so excited to come to school every day?  The intrinsic stimulation and pure pleasure of an Arts enriched experience do more than enhance a child's learning.  They connect him or her more deeply to the world, and open them up to new ways of seeing it – creating a foundation for forging strong social bonds and building community.

    Combine these benefits with Stephen Covey's "The Leader in Me" Program, the “MindUP” Approach, and elements of so many other effective philosophies and tools that we embrace…and we feel that we truly have a “Win-Win” situation.

    When I asked one of our Grade Five students what it is about ArtsCalibre Academy that she likes, she said "We are not taught to our grade, we are taught to our ability and skills.  We are encouraged to challenge ourselves in every area."  Another student reported “I don’t know…it just feels good.”  Simple words – but to me they are profound and reaffirming.

    Inspired, and want to know more?  Please visit our website for a closer look at our programs, and feel free to contact us any time.  I would welcome the opportunity to personally answer any questions you may have.

    Sincerely,

    Sandra Walton

    Principal and Founder

    ArtsCalibre Academy

     

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      ArtsCalibre Academy

      ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      International Baccalaureate

      ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

      ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.

      ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia programs are offered by some schools at the preschool and elementary level. The approach aims to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of projects (as opposed to activities or lessons): teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. They can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. The philosophy calls for a high degree of parent involvement as well, particularly when forming curricula and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      Academic ambition is our bedrock. TFS teaches the curricula of France and Ontario through the framework of the International Baccalaureate programs from PK to Grade 12 - providing our students with an education that is rich in challenge, diversity and opportunity.

      ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

      Students are continually encouraged to build on their naturally creative capacities -- to think unconventionally and embrace all perspectives in order to become more productive and compassionate members of their local and global communities. ArtsCalibre Academy's programs surpass the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum, with many added elements designed to build confidence and advanced social skills. Our curriculum is based on many proven philosophies and approaches, including The Leader In Me, MindUp and Handwriting Without Tears.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        ArtsCalibre Academy

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY


        Approach

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        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.

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        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.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

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

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        There's nothing else in this world that sparks the imagination, stimulates your thinking, and takes you through experiences that you might not otherwise experience as reading does. Our program is very simple, straight forward, step-by-step, and it can be used to teach even very young children to read. There are different phonics methods, and our program is a systematic synthetic phonics program. The other key component is phonemic awareness, and I like to refer to phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics as the two pillars of our reading program.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
        Regular running records and miscue analysis, CTBS testing

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
        We have various reading assessment tools that we use to continue to cater to each child's individual needs.

      • Writing

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        ArtsCalibre Academy

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY


        Approach

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        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.

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        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.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        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.

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning. We also use a thematic approach to our curriculum and children are given opportunities to express through writing.

      • Science

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        ArtsCalibre Academy

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        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.

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        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.

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        Reinforcing science and supplementing traditional instruction methods through creative means such as role playing, manufacturing instruments, etc. - See more at: http://www.artscalibre.ca/elementary#sthash.VFuWiIVc.dpuf


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

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

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        ArtsCalibre Academy

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY


        Approach

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        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.

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        Developing strong reading, comprehension, writing and speaking skills through books, poems, music, dance and imaginative play. - See more at: http://www.artscalibre.ca/elementary#sthash.VFuWiIVc.dpuf


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        ArtsCalibre Academy

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        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.

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        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.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        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.

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        Thematic teaching is a way of teaching and learning whereby many areas of the curriculum are connected together and integrated within a theme. It allows learning to be more natural and less fragmented than the traditional way, where a school day is time divided into different subject areas. It allows literacy to grow progressively, with vocabulary linked and with spelling and sentence writing connected. The result is that children have more fun and are actively involved; they will develop learning skills more quickly as each one is connected and reinforces the other. The children will be highly motivated. - See more at: http://www.artscalibre.ca/elementary#sthash.pfz6QKya.dpuf

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        ArtsCalibre Academy

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY


        Approach

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        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.

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        We use technology to further enhance the learning environment of ArtsCalibre Academy.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        ArtsCalibre Academy

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        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.

        ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

        Physical Education is an important component of our program. We want to equip our students with the tools to be fit for life. We offer swimming every week with the opportunity to train with our swim team that meets right after our scheduled lessons. We also have a fantastic program that is run by our staff specialist. We have ongoing support from experts in the field of fitness that come and work with our students.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      ArtsCalibre Academy

      ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      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.

      ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      From Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 1, TFS teaches the curricula of Ontario and France through the framework of 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.

      ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

      ArtsCalibre Academy's overall goal is to provide children with all the skills necessary to excel throughout their scholastic futures, while firmly instilling in them a lifelong desire to learn. The Arts are the creative vehicle for this process. Preschool students will acquire all the skills necessary for Kindergarten. Among the many programs built into our curriculum are Handwriting Without Tears and Stephen Covey's The Leader In Me. We use an exploratory and inquisitive approach to engage our children. Einstein put it so eloquently: "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      ArtsCalibre Academy

      ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      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”.

      ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      Information not available

      ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

      Across all disciplines, ArtsCalibre Academy accommodates children's natural openness to learning with our experiential, theme-based approach. This enables us to deliver outstanding instruction across all subjects: Language Arts - Developing strong reading, comprehension, writing and speaking skills; Mathematics - Building skills through practical application; Social Studies - Teaching history, geography and international cultures; Science - Reinforcing science and supplementing traditional instructional methods through creative means; Health - Leading by example in promoting a healthy lifestyle; Physical Education - Promoting fitness through traditional sports and culturally diverse activities; Languages - Developing vocabulary, conversational skills and an understanding of the underlying culture.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

      "We intentionally avoid all forms of public distinction between students in terms of academic performance."

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    ArtsCalibre Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    ArtsCalibre Academy

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    • The school puts on two theatre productions per year, building self confidence and creativity.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Please view the website at www.tfs.ca.

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    We are looking for students that are eager to learn in an environment where creativity is encouraged and leadership is fostered. A student that enjoys a hands on approach to learning and collaboration will flourish in our school.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Please see our website: https://www.tfs.ca/admissions/application-process

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    As a part of our admissions process we would like to meet you and your child and see what you are looking for in a school. As an independent school, we have the benefits of small class sizes, nurturing environments and academic challenge, but what sets us a part? At ArtsCalibre Academy, staff and students consistently bring their best as they work collaboratively to inspire an atmosphere of creativity, self-discipline, integrity and dedication.

    PROSPECTIVE STUDENT Q & A.

    We like all families to fill out our Prospective Student Questionnaire before booking a tour. 

    A TOUR
    Prospective families are warmly invited to arrange to have a tour of our campus. This is an important piece of understanding the ArtsCalibre community of learners. As a close knit school, it is important to us to meet you and be able to answer any questions that you may have in person. Email [email protected] to set up an appointment.We also have regular open houses. 

    APPLICATION
    Formal application to ArtsCalibre is made by completing the registration form. Once the application form is complete, please return it with your $75 non-refundable registration fee.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Alumnus (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.



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