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Language Schools: Benefits and features

Learning a second or third language, such as FrenchGerman, or Mandarin, will open up doors and allow your children to experience the world. 

Unique Features

Each school does it differently. At schools like ours that are bilingual, the aim is to have students fully functional and at a high degree of competence in their non-native language in the four language domains: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students are immersed in an environment dominated by the second language so that it is reinforced and solidified. At our school, math, science, history, and geography are taught in French, and French-language courses are mandatory up until the final year. Usually, the expectation at language schools is that the non-native language will be near or at native fluency level by graduation.

Benefits

Learning another language tends to enrich and enhance intellectual development, produce greater flexibility in thinking and even strengthen abilities in the native language. It has a positive effect on executive brain functions—staying focused, planning ahead and dealing with ambiguity. It opens doors to other cultures and viewpoints and, in our globalized world, increases job opportunities.

How do I know it's a good fit?

It depends on your child and what their strengths and areas of difficulty are. Some kids have a good ear and a greater propensity for picking up languages. Others can pick it up and do fine, but may have to work a little harder. If a child has difficulty making some sounds or is developmentally delayed in language acquisition, then a bilingual program might not be right for them.

—Susan Markle Director of admissions at Toronto French School
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Westside Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (95 students)
An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$19,200 to $21,300

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 19200

York Montessori School (est. 2007)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
York Montessori School in Richmond Hill offers children from 16 months to 6 years old a wholesome Montessori education. Teacher to student ratios of 1:5 - 1:8. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$11,800 to $12,500

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Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 11800

TFS - Canada's International School (est. 1962)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1470 students)
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]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$19,760 to $33,970


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 19760

The Giles School (est. 1989)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (180 students)
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]
  • Liberal Arts
$12,900 to $23,400


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 12900

Académie St-Laurent Academy (est. 2007)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (275 students)
St-Laurent Academy is a private school that offers programs from nursery to high school in Ottawa. Its average class size is ten to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$11,500 to $17,500

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 11500

Children's Garden Nursery School (est. 1986)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • Day school (80 students)
Located in the Leaside neighbourhood of Toronto, Children's Garden Nursery School is a well-established private school that offers exceptional programming including Core French and French Immersion. [View profile]
    $6,000 to $20,000

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    Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 6000

    Central Montessori Schools - York Mills (est. 1995)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • NS to 6 Coed
    • Day school (800 students)
    Central Montessori Schools in Toronto offers instruction from nursery to grade six, with enrolment of 900 day students and tuition starting at $5,900. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $8,900 to $19,900


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 8900

    La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science (est. 2000)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • NS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (180 students)
    La Citadelle's Excellence in Bilingual Education and academically advanced curriculum develop successful global citizens through IB & AP programs and a holistic approach where students achieve their highest potential. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    $12,500 to $26,800


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12500

    Royal Cachet Montessori School (est. 2006)  

    • Markham, Ontario
    • NS to 3 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    Royal Cachet Montessori School is a Montessori school that offers programs from nursery to grade three in Markham. Its average class size is five to 15 students. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $6,800 to $12,900


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 6800

    Lycée Français de Toronto (est. 1995)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (550 students)
    Lycée Français de Toronto is a French school that offers programs from nursery to grade 12. Its average class size is 17 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $17,152 to $19,860


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 17152

    Académie de la Capitale (est. 1998)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (65 students)
    Acadecap International School a.k.a. Académie de la Capitale, an IB school, offers bilingual and/or English programmes from Pre-K to Grade 12. Students thrive in a culture of academic excellence and real-life learning. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $13,340 to $19,510


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 13340

    Bishop's College School (est. 1836)  

    • Sherbrooke, Quebec
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (210 students)
    • Day school (42 students)
    Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is an IB World School offering the IB DP and course certificates. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    $25,400 to $66,500


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 25400

    Guiding Light Academy (est. 2007)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Coed
    • Day school (100 students)
    Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK and Grades 1 to 8. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • Montessori
    $9,500

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    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9500

    Century Private School (est. 1994)  

    • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with class sizes as low as 12 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • Montessori
    $16,550 to $26,800


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16550

    Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • NS to 8 Coed
    • Day school
    Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today's rapidly changing world. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $8,750 to $15,300


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8750

    Odyssey Heights School for Girls   

    • school closed, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Girls
    • Homestay school
    • Day school
    school closed [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    $1

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    MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Girls 1

    Sidney Ledson Institute (est. 1982)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 6 Coed
    • Day school
    The PK – Grade 6 program is a visible expression of the philosophy embodied in Ledson's books, Raising Brighter Children and Teach Your Child to Read in Just 10 Minutes a Day. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $4,501 to $12,800

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    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 4501

    Odyssey Montessori School (est. 2006)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • NS to SK Coed
    • Day school
    Odyssey Montessori School is a private Montessori day school with two campuses. The Christie and Sorauren locations provide programs for students 18 months to 6 years old. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $9,500 to $17,500


    Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 9500

    Macdonald-Cartier Academy (est. 1990)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 7 to 8 Coed
    • Day school (64 students)
    Macdonald-Cartier Academy teaches Grade 7 & 8 students how to learn and offers an intensive French immersion program combining rigorous and accelerated academics with athletics and fun experiential learning. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $16,900


    MiddleSchools Day Coed 16900

    Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (est. 1909)  

    • Westmount, Quebec
    • K to 11 Girls
    • Day school (320 students)
    Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School is a Tier 1 school for girls in Kindergarten through Grade 11, located in Westmount, Quebec. For every girl who has a mind of her own, we have a school to nurture it. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $18,763 to $21,417


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 18763

    Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus (est. 1995)  

    • North York, Ontario
    • PS to 6 Coed
    • Day school (250 students)
    The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one - the period from birth to the age of six. Choose Central Montessori Schools. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $8,700 to $17,500


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 8700

    West Island College (Montreal) (est. 1974)  

    • Montreal (DDO), Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Coed
    • Day school (430 students)
    West Island College offers French and French Immersion programs from grades seven to 11 in Montreal. It is a leader in innovative teaching methods. Average class size 22 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $12,565


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12565

    Lycée Louis Pasteur (est. 1966)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (400 students)
    • Homestay school (10 students)
    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]
    • Traditional
    $13,600 to $15,200

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    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 13600

    College Prep International (est. 1944)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 5 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (125 students)
    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]
    • Traditional
    $12,000 to $15,000


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12000

    St. George's School of Montreal (est. 1930)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • K to 11 Coed
    • Day school (460 students)
    St. George's School of Montreal is a bi-lingual private school where students acquire a life-long love of learning as we challenge each student to excel and become confident problem solvers and engaged citizens. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $18,568 to $22,889


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18568

    Académie Marie-Claire (est. 1995)  

    • Kirkland, Quebec
    • PS to 11 Coed
    • Day school (421 students)
    This academically re-known French & English bilingual serves students from Pre-Kg to High School. Class size averages 20 students; tuition ranges from $15,000 to $18,00 . Boarding is available. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    $14,094 to $33,000


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 14094

    Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy (est. 2010)  

    • Caledon, Ontario
    • PS to 3 Coed
    • Day school (60 students)
    Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy offers our students a supportive environment, which allows them to discover their passions, all while reaching each individuals full potential! [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $9,000 to $12,000


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 9000

    Selwyn House School (est. 1901)  

    • Westmount, Quebec
    • K to 11 Boys
    • Day school (550 students)
    Selwyn House School provides a well-rounded education of exceptional depth and scope for boys from Kindergarten to Grade 11. It is located in Westmount, Quebec. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    $19,880 to $25,760


    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys 19880

    Xyna International School (est. 2010)  

    • Brampton, Ontario
    • 6 to 12 Girls/Coed
    • Day school (50 students)
    • Day school (50 students)
    • Homestay school (10 students)
    Xyna International School offers programs from Gr 9 - 12 in Brampton(Co-ed) and 6-12 in Woodbridge(Girls only). At Xyna students have many opportunities to develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $7,000


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Homestay Girls Coed 7000

    West Island College (est. 1982)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (570 students)
    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]
    • Liberal Arts
    $18,026


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18026

    Philopateer Christian College (est. 1999)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (350 students)
    Philopateer Christian College offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $7,000 to $10,000


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7000

    Hatch House Montessori School (est. 2005)  

    • Whitby, Ontario
    • NS to 8 Coed
    • Day school
    The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for his/her uniqueness and is taught accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $9,950 to $13,500


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9950

    École la Nouvelle Vague   

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • PS to 6 Coed
    • Day school
    The bilingual French and English curriculum of Ecole la Nouvelle Vague is based on the Ministry of Education accredited program. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $10,820 to $11,535


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 10820

    Kuper Academy (est. 1987)  

    • Kirkland, Quebec
    • PS to 11 Coed
    • Day school (950 students)
    Kuper Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eleven in Kirkland. Its average class size is 22 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $5,121 to $15,603


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 5121

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) (est. 1962)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • PS to 7 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 7. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $18,820 to $33,970


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 18820

    Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc (est. 1954)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Girls
    • Day school
    In our all-girls environment, academic achievement in both official languages is the norm. A Joan of Arc Academy bilingual education prepares the women leaders for the challenges of tomorrow. Come and see the difference. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $15,750


    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Girls 15750

    Kaban Montessori School (est. 2002)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • NS to 6 Coed
    • Day school (147 students)
    Kaban Montessori School in west Mississauga/Erin Mills is a CCMA accredited school for children aged 6 months to 12 years. Come for a tour, you'll love it! [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $15,000 to $17,000


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 15000

    Sunrise Montessori School (est. 1988)  

    • Markham, Ontario
    • NS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    Sunrise Montessori School in Markham offers both English and French Immersion programs from Infant (0 months) to Grade 8. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $10,500 to $16,500


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 10500

    Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (780 students)
    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]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $7,900 to $15,100

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    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7900

    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Girls
    • Boarding school (60 students)
    • Day school (1150 students)
    École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    $4,950 to $15,400


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls 4950

    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé (est. 1956)  

    • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Coed
    • Day school (270 students)
    • Homestay school (5 students)
    • Boarding school (10 students)
    SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 8 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $2,980 to $28,570


    MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed 2980

    Oxford Learning Academy (Private School) (est. 1984)  

    • Milton, Ontario
    • PS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (65 students)
    Oxford Learning Academy – where your child will experience a homeschooling approach with the benefits of socialization in a small classroom environment. This Milton private school runs from PK to grade 8. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $12,000 to $12,850


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 12000

    Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)  

    • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (430 students)
    • Day school (80 students)
    Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $28,500 to $71,300


    HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 28500

    German International School Toronto (est. 1999)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (80 students)
    German International School in Toronto offers programs from PK to grade 8. It provides a German curriculum enriched with Canadian content. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    $9,050 to $17,700


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9050

    Lycée Claudel (est. 1962)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (935 students)
    Accredited by French Ministry of Education and certified by AEFE, this school provides outstanding education and revolves around 3 major themes: Excellence, Educational innovation and Cultural / linguistic openness. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $12,376 to $14,527


    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12376

    Montessori House of Children (est. 1974)  

    • Brantford, Ontario
    • NS to SK Coed
    • Day school (41 students)
    Located in Brantford, Ontario, Montessori House of Children (MHC) provides excellent programs for grades Nursery to 3 and helps young children reach their learning potential with both independent and self-directed learning. MHC also offers support for students with learning differences. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $8,200 to $10,000


    Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 8200

    Beyond Montessori School (est. 2008)  

    • St. Catharines, Ontario
    • NS to 6 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    Conveniently located near downtown St. Catharines, BMS offers Toddler to Grade 6 Montessori education with class sizes of 8 to 20 students. Extended Care. New facility and acreage. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    $9,750


    Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 9750

    Momentum Montessori (est. 2016)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • NS to K Coed
    • Day school (90 students)
    Children absorb multiple languages, music & develop sports skills VERY easily. Momentum Montessori is a multilingual school exposing kids (1.5 - 6 yrs) to multiple languages, sports & music like no other program. [View profile]
      $13,000 to $20,000


      Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed 13000

      Emmanuel Christian School (est. 1975)  

      • Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec
      • K to 11 Coed
      • Day school (300 students)
      Emmanuel Christian School offers a bilingual program in both Elementary and High School. Our caring, Christ-centered environment enables students to thrive and reach their full potential through a variety of activities. [View profile]
      • Liberal Arts
      $7,780 to $15,000


      Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7780

      Villa Maria (est. 1854)  

      • Montreal, Quebec
      • 7 to 11 Girls/Coed
      • Day school (501 students)
      • Day school (1117 students)
      Villa Maria offers programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. Its average class size is 30 to 34 students. [View profile]
      • Traditional
      $5,000 to $5,700


      MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Girls Coed 5000

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