One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1962

     

    2016


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    18


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 7

     

    JK to 6


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    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."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

     

    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).
     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

     

    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

     

    6


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    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

     

    $3,600 to $18,900


     

    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

     

    2


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    JK, SK, 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 - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    OAK LEARNERS

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    OAK LEARNERS

    "They work with children in small classes and create individualized plans for each child. I also receive regular updates about my son's strengths and areas that need to be worked on."
    Asha Rampersad - Parent   (Oct 16, 2018)
    My 6 year old thrives at Oak Learners. He loves the staff who are attentive, responsive and makes l...
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    "They have a knack for connecting with children and their challenges ... adjusting both the curriculum and the approach to fit each child's needs"
    Jana Machan - Parent   (Jun 13, 2019)
    Our son loves the varied and fun activities at Oak Learners, which challenge him educationally while...
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    " ... our two kids love Oak Learners"
    Jasmine Bush - Parent   (Jun 13, 2019)
    For different reasons, our two kids love Oak Learners. The staff were very good at identifying skill...
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    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.

    OAK LEARNERS

    Oak Learners is the very definition of a community-based, student-centered academic environment. Classes are small, personal, and lessons begin with the talents, interests, challenges and curiosities that the children bring with them into the room. An emphasis on the arts is used as entrée to the curriculum, underscoring a cross-curricular approach to instruction. Classroom spaces are bright, open, and adaptable to large group, small group, and tutorial-style learning. Founder Kelly Ferrell is rightly a draw, bringing a wealth of experience to the offering, as well as a proven track record as an educator, leader and entrepreneur. The faculty she’s attracted shares her enthusiasm for active, hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Still relatively young, Oak Learners has quickly established itself as a key offering within its catchment area.   

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS

    Highlights

    Highlights

    OAK LEARNERS

    • Reggio Inspired Curriculum
    • Art, Music, Dance Enrichment
    • 6:1 Ratio - Small Classes for student-centred learning
    • STEM Enrichment
    • LD Support
    • Outdoor Education Programming

    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.)

    OAK LEARNERS

    Oak Learners is a private alternative school and learning centre offering a full and part time day school as well as a wide variety of after-school programming including Music, Tutoring and Art. Our school provides a supportive learning atmosphere, working with your child’s unique learning style to inspire their strengths and interests. Our classrooms use interdisciplinary teaching methods and inquiry-based programming to create a unique student-driven and teacher-facilitated, enriched learning environment.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS

    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."

    Kelly Farrell is the Founder and Director of Oak Learners. She is dedicated to supporting learners of all ages and abilities reach their goals and love the learning journey. Kelly’s philosophy of education is based in the understanding that every child has the capacity to excel and succeed when they are given the tools and taught the skills to help them on their journey.

    Kelly is an OCT Certified teacher and has worked in classrooms and alternative learning environments since 1996 and as a certified teacher since 2004, working with students from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Kelly has a passion for empowering students to develop confidence through building on their strengths to support their difficulties, particularly those with learning exceptionalities, including Learning Differences, ASD, social emotional needs, and anxiety.  Kelly subscribes to the tenants of Montessori, Reggio-Emilia and Constructivist methods of teaching and is always looking for ways to bring these strategies into the 21st Century through technology and environmental education. 

    Throughout her teaching careers, Kelly has been teaching, leading, and connecting students and staff with a global community of educators leading the way in 21st century personalized learning. In 2014, Kelly was awarded “Project of the Year” at the Water Docs @School Film Festival for her Inquiry-Based Learning project, “Kids Against Road Salt“.  This project has been used to train new teachers on the benefits and processes behind inquiry-based learning. Kelly’s teaching was also featured in Owl Magazine on the “Cool School” page in  2014 for a unique publishing project undertaken by her Grade 7/8 class that year.

    Kelly has also founded Teach Me Social in 2012, a social media marketing agency and training organization which continues to empower entrepreneurs to brand themselves online and share their messages through social media. Her experience in business and educational leadership lends Kelly a unique approach to technology training. She offers business owners a different perspective on technology, gaining participation in her sessions by energizing participants and inspiring them to dive into the Social Media world whilst also providing valuable skills, tips and strategies they can use to construct their online presence at their own pace.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      Oak Learners

      OAK LEARNERS


      Primary Curriculum

      OAK LEARNERS

      Reggio Emilia


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      International Baccalaureate

      OAK LEARNERS

      Information not available


      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.

      OAK LEARNERS

      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).


      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.

      OAK LEARNERS

      Not applicable


      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.

      OAK LEARNERS

      Oak Learners offers progressive, interdisciplinary, inquiry-based programming in a student-driven, teacher-facilitated, alternative learning environment. Each learner goes through a cyclical process of identifying their unique strengths, needs, goals, and interests. Each day at Oak Learners brings new learning opportunities through an integrated and immersive approach to elementary education. Ontario Curriculum content and skill achievement guidelines are covered and enriched through a holistic approach to learning in a project-based inquiry model, leading to a much deeper and richer learning experience for the students.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        OAK LEARNERS

        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        Students are immersed in literacy opportunities through our "Integrated Literacy" programming as well as receiving a multi-sensory approach to learning English phonetics as well as leveled reading activities to build confidence and scaffold literacy skills.


        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

        OAK LEARNERS

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

      • Writing

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        OAK LEARNERS

        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        At Oak Learners, we approach Literacy through an Integrated approach, which means that Reading and Writing skills are taught within other subject areas, such as Science or Social Studies. Children develop strong literacy habits and communication skills through meaningful experiences with text.

      • Science

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        OAK LEARNERS

        Inquiry


        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        Science in the Elementary Years is all about understanding and respecting the world around us. At Oak Learners, we explore our neighbourhood daily and use the students' own questions and observations to form units of study.


        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

        OAK LEARNERS

        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

        OAK LEARNERS

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        OAK LEARNERS

        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        At Oak Learners, we approach Literacy through an Integrated approach, which means that Reading and Writing skills are taught within other subject areas, such as Science or Social Studies. Children develop strong literacy habits and communication skills through meaningful experiences with text.


        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

        OAK LEARNERS

        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)

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        Social Studies becomes part of everyday conversation at Oak Learners. Students and teachers may discuss community, family or school related topics and through inquiry, students learn about how they see themselves as part of the larger community.

      • Physical Education

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        All students are expected to participate in a minimum of 20 minutes of Daily Physical Activity (DPA). DPA at Oak Learners may take the form of Yoga, Dance, Indoor Games, or Neighbourhood Walks and Outings.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      Oak Learners

      OAK LEARNERS


      Approach

      OAK LEARNERS

      Reggio Emilia


      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.

      OAK LEARNERS

      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.

      OAK LEARNERS

      The Oak Learners Kindergarten program lays a strong foundation for an enriching educational journey. Children may attend one, two, or five days per week. Experienced educators spend time exploring literacy, numeracy, science and so much more with children through a natural and inquiry-based program.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      Oak Learners

      OAK LEARNERS


      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”.

      OAK LEARNERS

      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

      OAK LEARNERS

      Information not available


      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."

      OAK LEARNERS

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

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    Oak Learners

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

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    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    OAK LEARNERS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    OAK LEARNERS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Information not available

    OAK LEARNERS

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Information not available

    OAK LEARNERS

    All learning programs are personalized at Oak Learners. We work in a close proximity with parents when planning for appropriate learning goals and strategies for their children.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    Oak Learners

    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)

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS


    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

    OAK LEARNERS

    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

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    JK, SK, 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 - 6


     

    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.

    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

    OAK LEARNERS

    The admission process is personalized, just like most aspects of our programming. Your journey at Oak Learners begins with a personalized tour and meeting with our Director. If it is determined through this interview that Oak Learners may be an appropriate fit for your child, we will then book a trial-day where your child will spend the day as part of our classroom. Following the trial day, there will be a second in-person meeting to determine next steps and registration. 

    The success of every student plays a role in the admission process. Decisions may be made on several factors, including (but not limited to), student-teacher ratio, academic needs, classroom make-up and social needs. 

  • 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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