AN OUR KIDS REPORT:Wesley Christian Academy vs. TFS - Canada's International School

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  • SCHOOL LOCATION

    Distance From

    Map

    Address

    Address

    22 Heritage Road, Markham, Ontario, L3P 1M4, Canada

    306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7, Canada

  • SCHOOL OVERVIEW

    Basics

    Basics

    Founded

    1988

    1962

    Enrolment

    400

    1500

    Grades

    Nursery/Toddler to 8

    Nursery/Toddler to 12

    Gender

    Coed

    Coed

    Living arrangements

    Day

    Day

    Language of instruction

    English

    English, French

    Faith Based

    School focus

    Academic

    Academic

    Developmental Priorities

    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    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.

    Academics

    Academics

    Curriculum

    Traditional

    Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

    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).
    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).

    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

    15 to 20

    12 to 22

    Special needs support

    Gifted learner support

    Accelerated curriculum

    In-class adaptations

    Preschool/K curriculum

    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
    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

    $11,300 to $13,760

    $23,070 to $39,020

    Boarding Tuition

    Financial aid (FA)

    No

    Yes

    Students on FA

    0%

    0%

    Eligible grades for FA

    None

    7 to 12

    Median FA package size

    $0

    $35,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment

    Avg. enrollment per grade

    31

    88

    Percent in boarding

    0%

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    30%

    Day entry years

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

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    Boarding entry years

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Dec 01, 2023

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Not available

    Interview required?

    No

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

    SSAT required

    No

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

  • OUR PERSPECTIVE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Not all Christian schools are created the same, and Wesley is one that builds from the values of the Christian faith, using them to inform the delivery of the curriculum and the lived experience of the school. The school began as a pre-school program in 1988 and has grown since then, including a move into an expanded facility in 2004. Today the size of the school is at the mean for Canada, with approximately 350 students. It’s small enough to maintain a close, connected feel throughout the school, while large enough to allow for a full spectrum of curricular and extra-curricular programming. Families who enroll here are drawn by the strength of the academic offering, the breadth of programming, and the attention to personal and interpersonal development.

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    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The school celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2022, 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 Toronto, 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.

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  • INSIDER PERSPECTIVES

    Written Reviews

    Written Reviews

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "Each year we can see [our daughters'] transformation and maturing because of the mentoring and care at Wesley."
    Amy Yeung - Parent   (Aug 22, 2018)
    I have three daughters at WCA, For all 3 of them, their teachers have been the highlight of their ... View full review

    "It has been amazing to witness ... [our children's] desire to learn, and their love for school."
    Valerie Wong - Parent   (Sep 05, 2018)
    I have three daughters and a son who attend Wesley Christian Academy. Prior to coming to Wesley two... View full review

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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  • School’s perspective

    Who are you, as a school?

    Who are you, as a school?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "At WCA, our preschool encourages inquiry and exploration, but we give children a head start by developing competency through phonics and math. For those in Grade 1-8, we use selected Ontario Curriculum with supplementary materials that may exceed Ministry requirements. This is balanced with sports, music, and drama clubs. All of this rests on a strong foundation formed with daily Bible classes and a weekly chapel service. As Christians, we will share our beliefs but we also warmly welcome families from ALL faiths."

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    "TFS’ mission is to develop multilingual critical thinkers who celebrate difference, transcend borders and strive for the betterment of humankind and the planet. As the pioneer of French immersion in Canada, our education is unparalleled in its excellence, preparing students for success in today’s global world. Bilingual and coed since 1962, TFS teaches the curricula of France and Ontario through the framework of the IB's three programs (PYP, MYP and bilingual Diploma Program). We want our students to be academically ambitious and well-rounded, with an international and intercultural perspective. Our students master French and English, while balancing rigorous science, arts and humanities programs. No prior knowledge of French is required, but all students graduate as bilingual due to our successful Intro program, offered up to Grade 7. TFS students are multi-faceted, passionate learners, who form friendships for life in our supportive community. Co-curricular programs include competitive sports, robotics, music, visual and dramatic arts. Students benefit from exceptional facilities, a 26-acre ravine and a diverse, non-denominational environment. TFS has campuses in Toronto and Mississauga."

    • High academic standards
    • Bilingual education
    • International perspective
    • Intro French program to Grade 7
    • IB World School, France and Ontario programs
    • Strong in science, math, sports and arts
    • Sports field, pool and gyms
    • Age two to University Entrance
    • Grade 7 Entrance Scholarship

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    What do you do differently and uniquely well?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "Families choose Wesley for academic excellence and spiritual foundation. Much of this is achieved through our dedicated teachers and administration team who have long term commitments to the school and students. They think of, care about, and view each child as a whole person. The focus is not just on the student’s academic performance. Wesley is about gently guiding and encouraging students towards their full potential and helping them realize that God has an amazing plan for each of them."

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    "TFS is renowned for its academics. The rigour of our curriculum — in which we teach the curricula of France and Ontario through the framework established by the IB programs — is unparalleled. Our graduates leave TFS with an education that is rich in challenge, diversity and opportunity, and they study in universities and pursue the programs of their choice."

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    What tradeoffs has your school made to serve families in this way?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    What key junctures in your school's history have most shaped its present?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    What type of student is a good fit for your school?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    Under what conditions would you advise a family against choosing your school?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "Wesley is a small school but offers a strong academic focus often only found in larger and more expensive private schools. Furthermore, the academics are rounded out with a spiritual foundation to help develop one’s moral compass and extracurricular activities to broaden one's interests in the arts, music, and sports. Wesley has been referred to as the “best kept secret in Markham” in terms of value for the quality of education received."

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    How would you characterize your school's image amongst the public?

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    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "At Wesley, we don’t just say we care about our students. We really mean it – whether it is giving a child a clean pair of uniform pants to wear when they are covered in mud after slipping outside, giving a primary student a special container for their tooth that just fell out, or asking the kitchen staff to make an impromptu bagged lunch for a child who forgot to bring one for a field trip. It’s the "little" things that go unnoticed but come with entrusting your child to our school."

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    What might families find surprising about your school?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "Further to the academic and spiritual focus of our school, many of our dedicated staff pour hours into our extracurricular activities, and it is reflected by the students’ responses. Nearly 90% of our students participate in our annual Christmas play – whether it is via acting, singing, dancing, playing an instrument or emceeing. We also enter multiple teams to compete with other Christian schools throughout the year in 7-8 different sports. The pennons in the gym are reflective of our success!"

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    What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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    How will your school change in the next 5 years?

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  • SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

    Message from school leadership

    Message from school leadership

    Walk through the doors of Wesley Christian Academy and you will immediately feel that this is some place special. The chatter of busy children, the encouraging and wise quotations on the walls and the faces of caring, exceptionally qualified, and dedicated educators are but a few of the differences.

    We are committed to providing all the necessary components to help each child reach his or her potential. An outstanding curriculum complemented with music, arts, physical education, and studies in foreign languages enrich the program. In order to develop a strong moral character, there must be a yardstick to measure it against. For us, our measure is based on Biblical Christian values.

    Our success is evident in the lives of our many graduates who have gone on to attend some of the finest universities in Canada and abroad. Each story of these fine young men and women encourages us to continue to inspire, educate and love each student. Our future depends on their future. We are dedicated to ensuring that their future has every opportunity we can give. Come and see why Wesley is a purposeful choice.

    After working as a Principal with Le Conseil Scolaire Viamonde here in Toronto, and in Georgia before that, as well as a Director of Curriculum in Nigeria and an Athletic Director in Yemen, M. Gaudet arrived at TFS as Principal of the Senior School in 2015, bringing with him an invaluable international perspective. In August 2020, M. Gaudet stepped into his new role of Executive Director of the Learning Forum at TFS. M. Gaudet is a bilingual educator with a master’s degree in educational administration. He has more than 20 years of experience working with high school students. His passion for academic ambition is felt school-wide through his innovative and informed ideas and programs.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      We offer a time tested effective curriculum with strength in language arts and mathematics. We have specialized teachers for music, physical education, and French. Our program is faith based and offers a Biblical world view.

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Academic ambition is our bedrock. TFS teaches the curricula of France and Ontario through the framework established by the IB programs (PYP, MYP and bilingual IB Diploma Program) from Jardin d'éveil (age 2) to Grade 12 in a fully bilingual French/English environment. We provide our students with an education that is rich in challenge, diversity and opportunity.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Building a strong foundation through repetition and drills ensures that students are well prepared to apply the new concepts in various situations that challenge them with higher order thinking skills as demonstrated in the performance tasks.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        The Mathematics program develops students’ ability to work independently and their aptitude to seek, communicate, and justify mathematical statements. Problem solving and creativity will be integrated in all areas of mathematics.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Information not available

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Calculators are permitted in the intermediate grades.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        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.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Reading instruction begins by teaching students the sounds and syllables associated with each letter. Students participate in guided reading groups and independent reading programs to enhance their fluency, accuracy and comprehension.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


        DIBELS testing

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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

      • Writing


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Systematic approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL 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

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Writing instruction begins with understanding basic concepts of sentence structure and the various parts of speech. As the students progress, they are given more opportunity to apply their skills in creative pieces as well as practical assignments.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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.

      • Science


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Expository


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations are followed throughout the grades as they relate to God’s world and understanding that God created the earth and all that is in it. Students are given opportunities to apply their knowledge in hands-on experiments as they develop their problem solving skills through scientific inquiry.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL 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)

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Physics

      • Literature


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Traditional


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL 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

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Students study a variety of literature throughout the grades.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations are followed throughout the grades. Students learn to explore and analyze the ways in which they can contribute to society as well as their role in their family, community, province, country and the world.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Pragmatism


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Students in grade 7 and 8 follow the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations for both history and geography. The history program studies early Canadian history. The geography program focuses on the world around them and how students can become responsible citizens. Students learn to analyze evidence in order to evaluate and compare past events and situations with present day events and situations.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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      • Foreign Languages


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Through real-life situations students learn how to read, write and speak in the French language. The French program teaches the students an appreciation for the French culture. The Biblical aspect is incorporated into the French program through the memorization of Bible verses and the use of worship songs.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        TFS is a bilingual French-English school. In addition to becoming fluent in both languages, students also learn a third language.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Information not available

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The arts curriculum focuses on music, visual arts and drama. All students participate in the music program. In grade1, and 2 students learn an appreciation for music through a focus on rhythm and vocal skills. In grade 3 students begin to apply their knowledge as they learn the ukulele. In grade 4, students learn to play the recorder. In grades 5-8, students meet the curriculum expectation in music through their learning of band instruments. In visual arts, students use a variety of forms of media as they learn about the principals and elements of art.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy


        Approach

        Approach

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The use of technology is incorporated into many aspects of the students’ learning. Students have weekly media classes in which they learn to use various technologies and programs. There are SmartBoards in classrooms to assist and support student learning. Students are taught to use technology in a responsible manner.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The Physical Education program follows the Ontario curriculum expectations. It focuses on learning movement skills through cooperative games and developing students confidence, skills and interest in being physically active. The health portion of the program is guided by the Ontario curriculum in keeping with the values of the school.

        TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      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.

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Our school embraces the concepts of How Does Learning Happen by encouraging inquiry, exploration and well being. We foster a sense of expression and life long learning. We believe firmly in giving children the tools they need to develop competency in literacy and numeracy and therefore begin phonics and mathematics in preschool. We teach both manuscript and cursive writing and promote a sound set of foundations on which to build future learning.

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      From Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 1, TFS teaches the curricula of the Ministry of Education of Ontario and the Ministry of Education of 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. As of Grade 2 through high school, the language of instruction of the various subjects is approximately 30% in English and 70% in French.

    • CURRICULUM PACE


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      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).

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      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).


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Flexible and self-paced programs include Math XL and Mathletics, coding, digital citizenship programs.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      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”.

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES


      Primary

      Primary

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      We strive to nurture the whole child. We build a program that meets the needs of the students intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

      TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS

    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

    Ultimate


    Clubs Offered

    Clubs offered

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL 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

    What the school says

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    • Our Wesley Wildfire sports teams compete in a range of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) sports tournaments. Here are some of the highlights from the 2014-2015 school year: Jr. Volleyball (Div. B) Champions, Sr. Girls Volleyball (Div. B): 3rd Place, Sr. Boys Volleyball (Div. B): 3rd Place, Jr. Boys Basketball (Div. B) Champions, Sr. Girls Basketball (Div. B) Champions, Sr. Badminton (Div. A) Champions, Swimming (Div. B) - 2nd Place (Team). In addition to intramural and school team sports, all students at Wesley are part of a leadership team to enhance and support aspects of our school and community at large. This includes teams such as the Environmental Committee, Recycling, Design and Decor (to update and beautify school bulletin boards and public space), Prayer Leaders, Caring Team (to send cards and prayers to those in need), Chapel Team, etc.
  • Financial Aid

    Grades eligible

    Grades eligible

    7 - 12

    Students on aid

    Students on aid

    0%

    0%

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    $0

    $35,000

  • ADMISSIONS

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    30%

    Day entry years

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

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    Boarding entry years

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Dec 01, 2023

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Not available

    Interview required?

    No

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

    SSAT required

    No

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

    SSAT(out of province) required

    No

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

    Entrance exams required

    Yes: grades SK - 8

    Yes: grades 2 - 12

    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

    High average to excellent academic performance; motivated and determined; respectful of others; positive attitude; makes a positive contribution to TFS; values a bilingual education; internationally minded; parents are committed to the TFS vision, mission and values.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    If you are interested in applying for admission to Wesley Christian Academy and Early Learning Centre, please submit the following to the Admissions Office for each student in your family for whom you are applying:

    • A completed Application Form;
    • The non-refundable Application Fee of $200.00 for the Elementary School, or $100.00 for the Early Learning Centre, per child;
    • A copy of the Birth Certificate; and
    • A copy of the Report Card.

    Upon receipt of same, we will contact you to arrange for an interview with you and your child, which may include an assessment.  The interview and assessment will form part of our application review.

    If an offer of admission is made to your child, we will require a non-refundable Registration Deposit of $1,000.00 for Elementary School, or $400.00 for the Early Learning Centre and a non-refundable Enrolment Fee equivalent to the first month’s tuition, along with nine post-dated cheques for the balance of the tuition (or preauthorized payment form and void cheque), in order to secure his/her registration.

    TFS - CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Admissions application plus:

    • Current photo
    • Proof of date of birth
    • Current report card (if applicable)
    • Copies of two most recent end-of-year report cards (if applicable)
    • Applicable application fee
    • Confidential School Report (for applicants to Grade 3 and above)
    • SSAT score and SSAT Character Skills Snapshot (for applicants to Grade 6 and above)
  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    Alumni

    information not available

    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.
    Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (2013)
    Two-time Olympic athlete

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