A day language school is a type of private school that provides students with the opportunity to study and speak another language fluently either through a curriculum where all subjects are taught in that particular language or through an immersion program where everything except certain courses are taught in that language.
These schools are quintessential for those who wish to broaden their vocabulary, reading and writing skills in a second or third language, such as French, German, or Mandarin, so that by the time they graduate they are fluent, or nearly fluent, in that language.
Aside from research that suggests not only do students focus more and excel academically by learning a second language, it can assist children with their native language as well.
Becoming fluent in another language also gives kids a prime opportunity to learn about other cultures and increase their global awareness, along with providing a range of additional job opportunities that they might not have access to otherwise.
Accompanying a bilingual program, many day language schools also offer a number of additional services such as community service, exchange programs, tutoring, IB or AP programs, and career planning or university counseling for higher grades.
Schools can also specialize in a certain area like arts or sports, or cover a broad range of courses and programs, clubs and activities, moral development and special needs.
Private day language schools generally cost anywhere from $9,000 or $10,000 to upwards of $18,000 or $20,000 depending on the school. However, there are a number of ways to pay for fees, including financial aid, scholarships, sibling discounts and bursaries.
Discover more about how to cover the cost of tuition with these 18 Tips to Pay for Private School.
Wondering if the language school you’re looking into is the right fit for your child? Susan Markle, Director of Admissions at Toronto French School, advises looking to your child’s strengths and weaknesses. They may have a natural ear for the language or they may struggle a little more than others to pick it up. Doing as much research as possible about the school and its programs as well as visiting the school and meeting with staff or current students is a great way to determine if you think your child will flourish there.
Get more tips to find the right language school on our language schools page.
TFS - Canada's International School (est. 1962)
TFS - Canada's International School offers Canada's only bilingual IB programs from PK to Grade 12. Average class size is 12 to 22 students. Entrance Scholarship to Grade 7 is available. [View profile]
|$19,180 to $32,980
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||19180|
|$10,100 to $26,600
||HighSchools Day Boarding Coed||10100|
The Giles School (est. 1989)
The Giles School is a French immersion private school in Toronto for children age 2 (Pre-K) to Grade 8. Open Admissions through Grade 1, small classes, and Mandarin introduced as a third language in Grade 1. [View profile]
|$12,900 to $22,500
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||12900|
The Dalton School (est. 2012)
The Dalton School is a dual-language English/Mandarin school that is warm, stimulating, and multi-cultural. The school exposes children from JK to Grade Eight to new ways of thinking, learning, analyzing and perceiving. [View profile]
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||22250|
|$16,496 to $19,120
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||16496|
|$14,157 to $14,691
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||14157|
|$16,000 to $29,900
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys||16000|
We offer a sound, internationally recognized academic foundation. Our students gain fluency in three languages and achieve mastery of biology, chemistry and physics. [View profile]
|$7,150 to $10,400
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||7150|
|$5,568 to $11,832
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed||5568|
|$10,660 to $26,545
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||10660|
|$5,121 to $14,640
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||5121|
College Prep International (est. 1944)
College Prep International, a traditional private school in Montreal, offers English instruction with partial French immersion, for grades five to twelve. Its average class size range from 12 to 18 Students [View profile]
|$12,500 to $13,500
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||12500|
|$20,140 to $22,675
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||20140|
|$8,400 to $25,000
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||8400|
Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)
Calgary French & International School graduates will be active global citizens with a foundation for life-long success, and our school will be the leader in French immersion and international education. [View profile]
|$7,900 to $15,100
|Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||7900|
|$8,900 to $17,350
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||8900|
Bodwell High School (est. 1991)
Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a full boarding school that enrolls 600 students. Tuition starts at $15,500. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school motto is "Strength in Diversity." [View profile]
|$19,150 to $38,450
||HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed||19150|
Lycée Louis Pasteur (est. 1966)
Lycée Louis Pasteur is the only school in Calgary to teach the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. Three years old to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds welcome. [View profile]
|$12,700 to $14,350
|Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed||12700|
West Island College (est. 1982)
West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. It's class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program [View profile]
|$16,120 to $21,120
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||16120|
London International Academy (est. 2002)
A Canadian Private Secondary Co-ed Boarding school, located in downtown London, Ontario. LIA offers academic courses from Grades 9-12 and is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). [View profile]
|$9,200 to $41,900
||HighSchools Day Boarding Boarding Coed Boys Girls||9200|
|US $46,000 to US $64,000
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed||46000|