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The Dalton School

Grades JK TO Gr. 8 — Toronto, ON (MAP)

The Dalton School:

Pages in this report:

  • Grades
    JK — Gr. 8
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    18 — 20 students
  • Tuition
  • Language of instruction
    English, Mandarin
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    100 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 906 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 2J2 (MAP)
  • 906 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 2J2 (MAP)

Our Perspective

How we see The Dalton School

The Dalton School is a dual-language school, so it doesn't use the language immersion model that most Canadians are familiar with. First off, no prior Mandarin or English proficiency is required to enroll. Further, both languages are given equal weight, unlike in many public school immersion programs where students all share a first language and are all learning the same second language—at The Dalton School, 50% of the day’s instruction is in Mandarin, and 50% in English. The curriculum is balanced in order to allow students to achieve academic proficiency in both languages. So, it’s different, and as such, visiting the school can be, and often is, a striking experience. Most Canadians, truly, have never experienced an academic environment quite like it, with very young children functioning easily, casually in two languages. Both languages naturally open up a range of learning areas—both social and academic—not the least being an exposure to a wider range of culture influence, providing the groundwork for an expanding and empathetic world view. All academics follow an enriched presentation of the Ontario curriculum. Dalton has a very close, community feel, and parents are welcome to be involved in the life of the school. A new home for the school is set to open in 2018, allowing space to further grow the program and the enrollment.

Featured articles

The cognitive benefits of Mandarin/English dual-language instruction

How learning in a dual-language environment increases math scores, and much else, at Toronto's Dalton School.

School's Perspective

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How The Dalton School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Established in 2012, The Dalton School is a warm, enriched environment where young minds can truly grow and develop. We are a dual-language school for children in JK - Grade 8, where all core grade level academic subjects, including reading, writing, math, science and social studies are taught in two languages by native speaking teachers."

  • Dual-Language Program
  • Enriched Academics
  • Core Subjects Taught in English and Mandarin by Native Speaking Teachers
  • After Care and After School Programs
  • Taekwondo Program

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Our curriculum is unlike any other school in Toronto. We are the only totally immersive English/Mandarin school in our city with a curriculum designed to help our students achieve superior academic proficiency in both languages. We do this, by exposing our students to an enriched program that not only focuses on academic excellence, it also promotes inquisitiveness, curiousity and innovation from an early age."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"According to research, English speakers use mainly the left side of their brain, while those who speak English and Mandarin use both of their brain’s temporal lobes, dramatically improving their chances of both academic and career success. For example, this stretching of cognitive muscles has been proven to improve a child’s proficiency in subjects such as math, as well as improve their executive functioning and decision-making ability."

School Facilities

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Athletics facilities



Science facilities

Instructional resources

Shared spaces

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see The Dalton School

Video reviews of The Dalton School

Parent, Ying Soong (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Ying Soong to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend The Dalton School.

Parent, Claudia Pardo (2020)

Watch our parent interview with Claudia Pardo to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend The Dalton School.

Written reviews of The Dalton School


Parent, Julie Majic (2018)

I have 3 children at the Dalton School and this is our 4th year here, so we have experienced prescho...

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Rebecca Soil, Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to The Dalton School! I am sincerely grateful that you have chosen us as one of the potential places to educate your child.

The Dalton School offers your child the truly unique opportunity to be fully immersed in both an English and Mandarin environment that integrates language and academics.

There are so many advantages to attending our school. Your child will build on their English academic skills, while learning Mandarin and thus become bilingual in two languages.

Research has proven that there are developmental benefits associated with a bilingual education. It is highly stimulating to the brain, stretching cognitive muscles and dramatically improving a child’s proficiency in subjects such as math. Importantly, the rewards continue in later years. A dual-language English/Mandarin education improves a child’s chances of both future academic and career success.

Learning in a highly nurturing environment will provide your child with the cultural awareness and sensitivity they need to engage and succeed in today’s multicultural world. Students will become conversant, in arguably, the two most significant languages on our planet -  spoken by billions of people – opening all kinds of doors and opportunities.

I am proud to be the Principal at what I believe to be a school that is unlike any other in our city. I hope you enjoy learning about us and I would be happy to schedule a tour for you at our wonderful new facility.

I look forward to welcoming you and your child to our community.

Mrs. Rebecca Soil


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