One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1962

     

    1969


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    465


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 7

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    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."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

     

    Progressive, Montessori


     

    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”.
     
    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”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    12 to 22

     

    8 to 18


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     


     

    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.
     
    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.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $11,310 to $28,170

     

    $8,100 to $15,000


     

    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

     

    39


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    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)

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    "...RMS gave me the tools and resources to reach my full potential."
    Zayne Thawer - Alumnus   (Jun 14, 2018)
    I was a student at Rowntree Montessori Schools for almost 10 years, and in that time the biggest fee...
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    "The school leadership and administration do an excellent job to ensure the needs of the students and parents alike are met"
    Melicia Roberts - Parent   (May 24, 2019)
    Rowntree Montessori School (RMS) has become my child's second home. The academic and intellectual de...
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    "...teachers are able to assess the child's development and work towards coaching them in areas where there is a need."
    Salima Gilani - Parent   (Dec 04, 2019)
    My daughter has been in RMS since prep-one. Our experience with the school has been beyond excellent...
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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.

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    RMS was founded in 1969, placing it within the first cohort of Montessori schools in the country. As with those of its vintage, RMS has a long reputation for providing a quality program, one that has a high fidelity with the core aspects of the method. The school has grown to comprise four campuses, allowing for a nice range of resources while also maintaining a close-knit community environment at each location. RMS has also grown into its own identity, one based in adopting new methods and approaches, as appropriate and when sympathetic to the school’s mandate to educate with an eye to achievement and leadership. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a close-knit, challenging, active, and social learning environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    • Voted Brampton's Top Private School by the Reader's Choice Award for Nine Consecutive Years
    • Voted Top Private School by the Top Choice Awards for the Past Seven Years
    • Celebrating 50 Years in Brampton in 2019/20

    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. After Grade 7, students continue their studies at the Toronto campus, using a complimentary TFS shuttle bus. (See TFS Toronto listing.)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Founded in 1969, RMS has been "Nurturing Tomorrow's Achievers" for over 50 years. Our caring and stimulating small size classes offer an ideal environment to cultivate character, leadership, respect and cultural diversity while developing each child’s 21st century skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Come discover the opportunity and possibilities for your child to love learning and excel. Your visit could be your first step in empowering your child’s journey towards their dreams!

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    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."

    Welcome to Rowntree, the largest and longest-running Montessori School in Brampton.

    Our Montessori-based Kindergarten Montessori (JK-aged students) and Prep-ONE (SK-aged students) combine with our Elementary programme to provide an integrated and seamless Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight experience. Rowntree takes a holistic approach to learning and education, with the primary goal of helping children to develop their maximum potential, not only cognitively, but also physically, emotionally, and socially.

    The goal of Rowntree’s Elementary curriculum is to meet and exceed the expectations set by the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the school is very proud of its recent initiatives in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Throughout the grades, Rowntree provides a more traditional classroom structure and the pursuit of academic excellence with the nurturing aspects of the Montessori approach. Small class sizes ensure that each child is provided with the attention that he or she needs in order to be successful.

    Our commitment to “Nurturing Tomorrow’s Achievers” goes beyond our classroom walls. Co-curricular activities in the arts and athletics ensure a well-rounded school experience, and charitable fundraising connects our students with those in need within our community and around the world. Our LEGO® robotics club’s recent participation in the Provincial championships demonstrated how a strong academic foundation can lead to exceptional results in the co-curricular realm.

    We appreciate that school choice can be a difficult one for today’s parent, and we encourage you to start planning for your child’s future now. We are accepting applications for our three Preparatory campuses for children entering Montessori Kindergarten (Junior Kindergarten age) to Grade Three and for Rowntree Academy (JK to Grade Eight). Our Academy campus is truly a first-rate private school environment, with the professional staff and facilities needed to provide an exceptional Elementary school experience.

    Every day is an Open House at Rowntree, and we invite you to drop in for a tour any school day between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. For those of you who may not be available on weekdays, we also offer several evening and weekend Open Houses throughout the year. For any questions about the school’s admission process, please feel free to contact Admissions at 905-790-3838 or [email protected]

    We look forward to seeing you at Rowntree soon!

    Jonathan Harris

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    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)

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)


    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

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    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

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    • Rowntree Montessori private school in Brampton prides itself on offering various activities throughout the year that enhance your child’s learning experience. Below is a list of clubs and activities: Robotics Club - Students from our grades 5-8 participate in our Robotics club and can compete regionally, provincially and nationally. Guided by teachers, students are tasked with the design and physical construction of robots using Lego to solve real-world problems. This challenges students and encourages them to use their imaginations, critical thinking and team building skills. In this club students learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), as we follow the principals of the FIRST LEGO League. Study Room - The Study Room offers an opportunity for private school students to work on their homework and seek additional help in English and Math as well as enrichment, and guidance with planning for events such as Speech Night. We also offer French Study Room. Math Competiti
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    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.

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Students who derive the most benefit from the programs at Rowntree are those who are prepared to fully engage in school life. Positive attitude, varied interests, respect for themselves and others, and academic capability are amongst the most important attributes for students and their families to bring to RMS. While the school has a strong focus on “STEM” (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) oriented classes and activities, Rowntree is also well known for its vibrant arts and athletics programs, and community involvement.

    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

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Rowntree Montessori School challenges its students towards Academic Excellence while developing the whole-child.  We welcome all student applications regardless of academic level, learning styles or previous private school attendance.

    We do not administer entrance exams, however, through the Admissions process, each student will be assessed through one or more of the following in order for the school to make an informed Admissions decision:  observation, interview, more formal assessment and report cards, where appropriate.

    Click here to Submit an Application to Rowntree Montessori Schools for your child.  When submitting a new application, click on Create Account and fill in the information for the incoming student (candidate) and the parent who is completing the application. Once the Admissions Office has received the full application you will be notified about next steps. Additional required school forms and a financial contract will be assigned to the parent through the online enrollment system, when appropriate. 

    When submitting your completed application, you will need to provide copies of the following: Proof of Citizenship, Health Card, Immunization records, and report cards from the last two years for students who have previously attended an elementary program elsewhere. We also require your signatures on a financial agreement with the school as well as all the required payments.

    Tuition fees for the 2019-2020 school year range from $7,500 to $13,900 depending on programme selection. We offer sibling discounts and a number of payment plans.

    Tuition fees for the 2018-2019 school year range from $7,100 to $13,200 depending on programme selection. We offer sibling discounts and a number of payment plans.

    Bussing and Extended care are available at additional cost.

    Although we host a number of Open Houses throughout the year, please feel free to drop by ANYTIME for a tour at any of our Brampton campuses. We look forward to seeing you and sharing with you the school community of which we are so proud.

    For more information, visit www.RowntreeMontessori.com/admissions 

  • 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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