Language Schools

By learning another language, children are able to expand their vocabulary and develop superior reading and writing skills. "There's been research that shows if people know more than one language, it helps their first language," says Suzanne Majhanovich, a professor of education at the University of Western Ontario. She says that the long-term benefits of an education in a second language far outweigh the initial setbacks. According to her, when students first begin an immersion program there is a lag in their English education, but by the fifth grade they surpass students who are not in immersion programs. Read more


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Oakville, Ontario
Trafalgar Road/Dundas
 
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"TRMS uniquely provides enriched French as a second language (FSL) instruction for all levels from Preschool to Elementary. We give students a head start in their educational journey, instilling a "Love of Learning!"" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 3 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $15,695 to $17,375
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Trafalgar Ridge Montessori School 15695 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Spadina Ave/College Street
 
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"Authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori Schools located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa, Elementary and Adolescent children in beautiful settings with large and expansive natural playgrounds." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $21,500 to $23,900
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Westside Montessori School 21500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
St. Laurent Blvd./Montreal Rd.
 
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"Our mission is personalized student academic success in a friendly and caring school community, in which all students are emotionally supported and socially welcome." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $12,500 to $18,800
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Académie St-Laurent Academy 12500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Montreal, Quebec
Rue Sherbrooke/Ave Connaught
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $12,500 to $15,000
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College Prep International 12500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge St/Sheppard Ave
 
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"Ontario Virtual School is an Ontario Ministry-inspected credit-granting institution offering Grades 7-12 courses in an interactive online format. Students can start anytime with 24/7 access." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $399 to $549 /course
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Ontario Virtual School 399 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Coed
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"TFS - Canada's International School offers an exceptional bilingual education from age 2 to Grade 12. Average class size is 12 to 22 students. Entrance Scholarship to Grade 7 is available." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $23,070 to $39,020
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TFS - Canada's International School 23070 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Scarborough, Ontario
Kennedy Road/Progress Avenue
 
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"Enquiring Minds Montessori is a one-of-a-kind Montessori Art School. We have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence in a nurturing environment while challenging young minds." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $11,158 to $17,500
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Enquiring Minds Montessori 11158 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Iris St/Woodroffe Ave
 
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"Empowering girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 through bilingual education." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $17,400
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Academie Jeanne d'Arc 17400 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Girls
Toronto, Ontario
 
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"At Central Montessori School (CMS), young minds are inspired to be creative, innovative, and inquisitive. We cultivate bright, young leaders and strong communicators ready for the 21st century." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $9,400 to $21,200
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Central Montessori Schools 9400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Day Day Coed
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"Calgary French & International School's immersive French language learning environment and enriched curriculum for children aged 19 to grade 12 inspires a deep curiosity, respect and exploration of the world around them." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $9,200 to $18,570
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Calgary French & International School 9200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Highway 417/Greenbank
 
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"Acadecap International School (Académie de la Capitale), an IB World School, offers bilingual and/or English programmes from JK to Grade 12. Students thrive in a growth mindset environment and a culture of excellence." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $20,983 to $26,978
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Académie de la Capitale 20983 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Pickering, Ontario
Kingston/Altona
 
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"École Montessori is Durham Region's premier French private school dedicated to transforming your child into a bilingual critical thinker with our enriched curriculum that fosters the genius within each student." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $8,400 to $21,000
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École Montessori 8400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Whitby, Ontario
Brock Street South/Dundas Streer West
 
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"The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for their uniqueness and is guided through learning accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $11,750 to $15,000
  • Day school
  • 0 students
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Hatch House Montessori School 11750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge St/King St
 
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"Keystone students become internationally-minded inquirers, who ask questions and seek their own answers through both local and global perspectives. By nurturing students’ natural curiosity, we foster a love for learning." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $550 to $22,500
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Keystone School 550 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool eSchool Day Coed
Montreal, Quebec
 
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"Our community inspires students to discover joy and passion in their learning, purpose in their lives, and the confidence to express their unique selves in a nurturing, inclusive, and collaborative environment." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 11 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $21,286 to $55,280
  • Day, Homestay
  • 470 students
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St. George's School of Montreal 21286 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Place Lycée Pl./Ruelle Hinks Lane
 
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"Our goal is to nurture curious spirits, which is why we value a multilingual pedagogy that encourages both French immersion and a wide selection of langage courses. French and excellence are our priorities." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $14,041 to $15,885
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Lycée Claudel 14041 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Cawthra/Lakeshore
 
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"TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers the Ontario, France and IB programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 7 in Mississauga. We are bilingual, coed, non-denominational and and IB World School." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 7 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $21,620 to $31,390
  • Day school
  • 200 students
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TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) 21620 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
Garrison Blvd SW/33 Ave SW
 
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"Lycée international de Calgary is the only school in Calgary to teach the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. 3-years-old to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds are welcome. Small class sizes." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,150 to $18,310
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Lycée international de Calgary 16150 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Erin Mills Pkwy/Millcreek Drive
 
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"Western Heights offers an enriched Montessori program that fosters a love of learning. The school actively engages its close-knit parent community to offer an enriched curriculum that adapts to each student's needs." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to SK (Coed)
  • Montessori approach
  • $13,000 to $18,000
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Western Heights Montessori Academy 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
Laval, Quebec
 
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"NSAL is the only private English high school on Montreal's North Shore. We offer small classroom sizes and an enriched curriculum. We teach not only for school but for life! Certificate of eligibility not required." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $14,350 to $23,000
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North Star Academy 14350 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Glen Erin/Dundas
 
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"Kaban Montessori School is a CCMA accredited school in the west of Mississauga area . We ensure that our environments foster each child's interests and abilities while supporting them to achieve their full potential." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $16,000 to $18,000
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Kaban Montessori School 16000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Montreal (DDO), Quebec
 
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"West Island College offers French and French Immersion programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. It is a leader in innovative teaching methods. Average class size 24 students." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $15,450
  • Day school
  • 485 students
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West Island College (Montreal) 15450 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
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"At Oxford Learning Academy, our teachers will use the proven scientific approach of Cognitive Development to teach our students new ways of thinking and understanding what they are learning and how they are learning." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $14,000 to $15,000
  • Day school
  • 65 students
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Oxford Learning Academy (Private School) 14000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Dufferin/Eglinton
 
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"By proposing the learning excellence of the French Ministry of Education strongly anchored in Toronto life and Canadian culture, our school offers students the best of both cultures." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $20,400 to $23,000
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Lycée Français de Toronto 20400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Westmount, Quebec
Mount Pleasant Avenue/Cedar Avenue
 
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"Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School offers a bilingual education for girls from K-11, located in Westmount, Qc. We develop bold leaders and creative thinkers — equipping each girl to be the entrepreneur of her own future." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 11 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $21,800 to $26,380
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Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School 21800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
Sherbrooke, Quebec
 
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"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 Diploma Programme and Canadian curricula." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $31,500 to $87,600
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Bishop's College School 31500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
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"GIST is the only full-time German school in Toronto offering high-quality education that empowers students to excel as global citizens. Our Character framework strengthens and promotes the best in every student." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 11 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $12,300 to $22,300
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German International School Toronto 12300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
Blackfoot Trail S.E/Glenmore Trail
 
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"With 100% post-secondary acceptance, WIC empowers students to follow their passions, be creative and embrace challenges. A rigorous curriculum along with hands-on learning ensures a well-rounded experience for students." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $20,568
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West Island College (Calgary) 20568 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bayview Ave/Broadway Ave
 
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"A daily goal is for our children to arrive at school excited for the day ahead. Aside from our excellent academic programs, we plan many fun events for the children to enjoy throughout the school year." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 2 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $8,500 to $24,000
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Children's Garden Nursery School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Newmarket, Ontario
 
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"LMMH was established in 2003, the school offers a unique French Immersion Program as well as an English Program for children from 2 ½ to 13 years of age. Our students also learn to ski, golf, play tennis and more." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $13,500 to $15,500
  • Day school
  • 120 students
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La Maison Montessori House 13500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $11,000
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Guiding Light Academy 11000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
 
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"Beginning in Grade 8, our unique Shawnigan journey purposefully guides students through a distinct, unparalleled and bold educational experience on our stunning waterfront campus on Canada’s beautiful West Coast." —From the school

  • Gr. 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $35,500 to $90,000
  • Day, Boarding
  • 540 students
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Shawnigan Lake School 35500 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge/Eglington
 
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"The Dalton School offers a dual-language English-Mandarin program where children from JK to Grade 8 can thrive in a warm, enriched, multicultural environment." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $25,500
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The Dalton School 25500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Rigaud, Quebec
Rue Saint-Pierre/Rue Bourget
 
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"Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school located between Montreal and Ottawa. French and English high school programs are offered. Bourget aims to foster personal autonomy, academic development, and perseverance." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $5,075 to $34,860
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College Bourget 5075 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Kirkland, Quebec
Rue Edmond/Ch Ste-Marie
 
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"Kuper Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eleven in Kirkland. Its average class size is 22 students." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $2,133 to $18,000
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Kuper Academy 2133 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Brantford, Ontario
Charlotte St/Chatham St
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to SK (Coed)
  • Montessori approach
  • $12,000 to $13,000
  • Day school
  • 41 students
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Montessori House of Children 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
North York, Ontario
Victoria Park/Lawrence
 
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"Nurturing innate love for learning, we offer independent educational chances for young children to cultivate lifelong knowledge and self discovery." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to SK (Coed)
  • Montessori approach
  • $8,500 to $14,000
  • Day school
  • 24 students
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Curlew Montessori School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
Kanata, Ontario
Eagleson Road/Stonehaven Drive
 
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"For more than 40 years, Kanata Montessori has been graduating students with self-confidence, critical thinking skills, respect, grace and courtesy, high academic achievement, and an international perspective." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $16,750 to $22,500
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Kanata Montessori 16750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Markham, Ontario
Denison/Warden
 
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"Our curriculum are designed to build essential skills and concepts that help with the cognitive, social, creative, emotional, and physical development of your child with the aim to be a successful learner for life!" —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 3 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $10,500 to $16,500
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Sunrise Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed

The younger a child learns a new language the easier it is for them to correctly mimic the accent, allowing for a seamless transition and more confidence in using this second language later on. Learning another language can also help children focus and improve academically. "You would anticipate kids enrolled in French immersion may not do as well on the English tests," says Majhanovich. "But they tend to do better because they're learning to use their minds. They can't assume that they know things."

Language schools' long term benefits

Colleges and universities constantly look for well-rounded individuals and advanced language skills become an advantage during the application process and in their post-secondary studies. More importantly, however, bilingualism becomes a major advantage when searching for a job, especially in the areas of science, technology, medicine and commerce. Mastering a second language becomes a major asset career-wise. "In Europe, people are typically expected to know at least two languages," said Majhanovich. Second language education puts Canadian students on an equal playing field at the international level.

Fluency in a second language allows for greater travel opportunities and a better understanding of the world. It also provides occasions to build connections on a much more global scale. "It's an opening on different cultures and a whole new set of knowledge," said headmaster Martin Bailly at West Island College in Montreal, Quebec. Students at West Island College have the option of either learning everything in French or of enrolling in the French immersion program where all courses except mathematics, science and English are taught in French.

Kelly, a Grade 9 student at West Island College has never regretted studying in a second language. "I would like to leave this school as perfectly bilingual as I can," she said. She feels that she is prepared to continue her studies in either English or French. "It opens so many doors and opportunities."

—Lindsay Cotton

A Language Schools Q & A with Susan Markle

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 is Director of admissions at Toronto French School

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