One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Tall Pines School

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1962

     

    1987


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    400


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 7

     

    Nursery/Toddler 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

     

    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).
     
    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

     

    15 to 18


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning


     

    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.
     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $11,310 to $28,170

     

    $8,720 to $19,748


     

    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

     

    31


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    98%


     

    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 Nursery/Toddler - 4


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Tall Pines School

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    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.

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    Tall Pines isn’t your typical Montessori school, in part because it sees the Montessori approach not as an end in itself, but rather as a starting point. There are lots of things here that Maria Montessori wouldn’t recognize, from school uniforms to 21st century literacies; from a robust athletics program, to a larger, more diverse student body. All of those things are very intentional, and Tall Pines has built its program to be innovative, offering the best of both Montessori and progressive instructional approaches. Administration is aware that they have options, and therefore the students do as well.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Tall Pines School

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    • Canada's longest accredited CCMA school.
    • Ministry of Education - Early Years Licensed Program.
    • Large C.S.A. Approved Playground
    • Fenced-in Casa and Toddler Playgrounds
    • Soft-surface playground for Toddlers
    • Seat Belts on School Buses
    • Staff Maintain Current First Aid Training

    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.)

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    Be Exceptional! At this flagship school, students successfully grow to their potential in enhanced programs offering either Montessori philosophy (9 months to Gr. 6), or progressive classes (Grades 1-8). A Tall Pines School 21st Century Education provides exceptional academics, leadership skills, critical thinking, independence, creativity, athletics, the Arts, and community service within a caring community. Every student is unique and TPS programs are tailored to fit the learning needs of each child. At Tall Pines School, we select our teachers not solely for their top academic credentials, but for their passion for teaching, their own love for learning, and their strong desire to make a difference in the life of a child. Our Montessori classrooms are superbly equipped with state of the art materials for learning. Bright and cheerful classrooms with materials that are, frankly, magnetic to children, provide the perfect start to developing a passion for learning which persists for life.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Tall Pines School

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    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."

    It is my great pleasure to welcome you to visit Tall Pines School, a place where programs are tailored to fit the learning style of every child. Every student is unique and each one is nurtured intellectually, academically and emotionally, encouraged to do their very best and provided with the skills they need to be successful at school and in life.

    Our classes in Montessori education with its hands-on learning materials serve ages one to twelve, and our progressive private school accommodates ages six to fourteen. It is a diverse community of learners, with an atmosphere of respect, high behavioural standards, outstanding academics, athletics, arts, leadership, and 21st Century learning all set within a committed and caring community and a beautiful facility.

    Every year, new families bring their children to us as a result of a recommendation from friends or family members, and it has been amazing that, since 1987, so many families have continued to support the vision of our founder. You are very welcome to call, come to an open house, to discover what a Tall Pines School education can do for your child’s future.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      Tall Pines School

      TALL PINES SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      International Baccalaureate

      TALL PINES SCHOOL

      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.

      TALL PINES SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.


      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.

      TALL PINES SCHOOL

      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.

      TALL PINES SCHOOL

      Montessori Curriculum serves ages from Infant to Grade 6. Children learn in a child-centred program, through working with especially designed hands-on materials under the guidance of teachers trained in Montessori philosophy. Progressive traditional private school curriculum serves Grades 1 to 8, and includes The Zone, a 21st Century learning program for adolescents in Grades 7 & 8. Leadership development, challenging academics, small class sizes, superb arts, athletics, and outdoor education are all hallmarks of a Tall Pines School education. High behavioural standards allow students to grow to be young leaders. The school truly is a place to become exceptional.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Tall Pines School

        TALL PINES SCHOOL


        Approach

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive


        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.

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        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.

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        No
        The Riggs phonics program is introduced from age 3.

      • Writing

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Tall Pines School

        TALL PINES SCHOOL


        Approach

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        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.

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        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.

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        Tall Pines School uses the Riggs Phonics program for children who are emerging readers. Students learn the sounds in the English language and how those letters are formed. The writing road to reading enables the children to learn reading through composing simple words, and sounding out the letters which make up the words. A solid grounding in phonics enables the students to begin reading and writing from a young age.

      • Science

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Tall Pines School

        TALL PINES SCHOOL


        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.

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        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.

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        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)

        Tall Pines School

        TALL PINES SCHOOL


        Approach

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        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.

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        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.

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

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

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Tall Pines School

        TALL PINES SCHOOL


        Approach

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        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.

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        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.

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        Computers and Information Technology are great tools to facilitate and extend learning, however they are not a substitute for hands-on learning. Light integration of computers occurs in the younger grades, with computer classes teaching how to use this useful tool. For Grades 7 & 8 students, technology is completely integrated into their 21st Century learning program. Coding is taught to older students.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

        Tall Pines School

        TALL PINES SCHOOL


        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.

        TALL PINES SCHOOL

        Healthy living is the focus, with sport and personal exercise being considered to be a vital aspect of student development. Students are encouraged in their personal growth and fitness. Since Tall Pines School is a member of the Small Schools Athletic Federation, teams regularly compete against other schools.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      Tall Pines School

      TALL PINES SCHOOL


      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.

      TALL PINES SCHOOL

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


      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.

      TALL PINES SCHOOL

      Montessori Infant, Toddler and Prima Casa programs at Tall Pines School are all licensed under the Ministry of Education's Child Care and Early Years Act. Montessori Casa programs serve students from age 4 to 6. Tall Pines School is the longest accredited CCMA Montessori school in Canada, so that parents can be assured that they have an authentic Montessori program.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      Tall Pines School

      TALL PINES SCHOOL


      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”.

      TALL PINES SCHOOL

      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

      TALL PINES SCHOOL

      Students are expected to do their very best whether they are enrolled in Montessori or Progressive programs at Tall Pines School. Within the Montessori program, students are self-directed, with the guidance of teachers. Within the Progressive program, students learn as a group within the teacher-centred curriculum. Ample support is provided through small class sizes and caring teachers who nurture each student. Every child has their strengths, and the programs are tailored for those unique gifts. Every student is supported, challenged, and encouraged to work to their potential.


      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."

      TALL PINES SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

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      Primary

      Primary

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

      TALL PINES SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      TALL PINES SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

      Information not available

      TALL PINES SCHOOL

      Athletics, the Arts, Leadership, Intellect, Communication Skills and a love for the Natural World are all ways we seek to engage our students.These students will become young leaders who shape the world for the generation to come. It is our role as educators to help every child discover the unique gifts that they bring to the world, and to help them to discover how best to use those gifts to benefit society.

  • 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:

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    Tall Pines School

    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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    Additional support

    Additional support

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    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

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEST CAMPUS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    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

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    We do not offer special education classes, however, some students with learning differences can be accommodated in our regular classes. Each case is evaluated on an individual basis to ensure there is a good fit between our program and the learning needs of the student.


    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

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    Our school aims to have every student working to their potential and provides excellent support to enable this to happen. For a small number of students with a learning difference, the school can provide an excellent program because of our ability to tailor the program to fit individual learning needs.Occasionally, there are students with learning differences for whom the program at Tall Pines School would not be a good fit. The school may recommend another facility for such individual students. Each student's application is considered on an individual basis.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)

    Tall Pines School

    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

     

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    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

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    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

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    • Outstanding athletics program - banner winning teams compete within the Small Schools Athletics Federation tournaments. Groundbreaking performing arts program offers the opportunity for students to participate in the annual Broadway musical. Outstanding chess program teaches sportsmanship, strategic and critical thinking.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    98%


     

    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 Nursery/Toddler - 4


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 8


     

    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.

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    Tall Pines School seeks students who are motivated, curious about the world, and willing to take appropriate risks in their learning.

    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

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    Your first step is to tour the school. Students will be interviewed or tested according to age and grade level. We require proof of date of birth, health insurance, immunizations and a copy of the last full report card where a student was previously enrolled in a school.

  • 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.

    TALL PINES SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Ryan Ellis (2005)
    Ryan Ellis is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.
    Amer Dhaliwal (2011)
    Finalist in the 2012 Canadian reality television show The Next Star for singers under age 15. Member of the band Rebel Coast.



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