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Lycée Français de Toronto

Grades Preschool TO Gr. 12 — Toronto, ON (MAP)

Lycée Français de Toronto:

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  • Grades
    Preschool — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    20 — 24 students
  • Tuition
    $21,300 to 24,000/year
  • Language of instruction
    English, French
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    510 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 2327 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6E 3S5 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

LFT offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider.

The regions LFT offers busing from are:

  • Toronto

Additional notes: The LFT and its First Student partner offer a school bus service with four bus lines, allowing students to come to the LFT regardless of where they live in the city. The 4 bus lines run every weekday and have specific stops and schedules. Buses leave the school at 4:40 pm so an afternoon daycare is provided free of charge from 3.30 to 4.40 pm. Students can also participate in study hall or extra-curricular activities during the same time period. Students have to be 4 years old to be eligible for the bus.

Our Perspective

How we see Lycée Français de Toronto

Not all immersion programs are created equally, and Lycée Francais is an example of that. The school was founded in 1995 with support from the French consulate to offer a French education to the children of French nationals living in Toronto (a portion of the faculty, then as now, are themselves French nationals). The program is based on the curriculum used in France, as developed by the French Ministry of Education. That said, the most substantive difference is that the program is dual, admitting students with either English or French as a first language, with French as the primary language of instruction from pre-school on up. Immersion often gets lumped in with gifted programs, though it's not at all just for high flyers. That said, the LFT program is challenging and very much intended, especially in the upper grades, for students preparing to enroll at university.

School's Perspective

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How Lycée Français de Toronto sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Rooted in the globally renowned French curriculum, our innovative learning methodology prioritizes immersive subject exploration and bilingualism starting from Kindergarten. Students develop strong personal, social, and intellectual skills, achieving trilingual proficiency (French, English, Spanish) by Grade 12. With the prestigious French Baccalauréat diploma and fluency in three languages, our graduates secure admission to leading universities in North America and Europe."

  • Coed Full-day program from 2 ½ years to university entrance
  • French Baccalauréat, French International Baccalauréat
  • Excellence in French, English, Spanish
  • Early university acceptance, credits and scholarships
  • SMART Board technology
  • Transportation available
  • Before and after school care
  • French/Sports Camps (March, June, July and August)

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"At LFT, we proudly offer a rigorous curriculum certified by the Grade 12 French Baccalauréat, a unique distinction in Toronto's educational landscape. Our commitment to this prestigious qualification reflects our dedication to academic excellence and global citizenship. Furthermore, LFT fosters a highly international environment, enriching students' experiences and promoting cross-cultural understanding, preparing them to excel in an interconnected world. With access to a worldwide alumni network, our students not only have the opportunity to apply and succeed in the most prestigious universities globally but also enter with a head start, having already acquired 30 credits."

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

"At Lycée Français de Toronto, our commitment extends beyond expatriate French students to include students from the broader Lycées Français network, encompassing various nationalities. We've navigated the tradeoffs of preserving French language and culture while accommodating the educational needs of diverse students, including those from different cultural backgrounds within the network. Balancing bilingualism with Canadian educational requirements, we integrate elements from both systems to provide a comprehensive education. We prioritize personalized learning alongside academic standards, fostering creativity within a structured environment. These tradeoffs ensure that all students, regardless of nationality, receive a tailored education that prepares them for success in a globalized world."

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

"Our alumni stand as the pinnacle of Lycée Français de Toronto's success, embodying the qualities of complete bilingual and multicultural global citizens. Their achievements serve as a testament to the transformative power of our education. Recently, one of our graduates received an offer from Stanford University, a prestigious acknowledgment of their academic excellence and readiness to thrive in a global context. This success underscores the value of our bilingual curriculum, equipping students with linguistic and cultural fluency to excel internationally. Furthermore, our alumni form a global network, studying in the finest universities across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Their accomplishments highlight the effectiveness of our approach, preparing students to succeed in diverse academic and professional environments worldwide."

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

"At Lycée Français de Toronto, we pride ourselves on fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment that values academic excellence, cultural appreciation, and bilingual proficiency. Our school community thrives on a shared commitment to intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and global citizenship.
Students who appreciate the benefits of bilingualism and multiculturalism will find Lycée Français de Toronto to be an enriching environment. We welcome students who are open-minded, respectful of diverse perspectives, and enthusiastic about building connections with peers from various backgrounds.

Ultimately, a good fit for our school is a student who is committed to personal growth, cultural exploration, and academic achievement within a supportive and nurturing community. We encourage students to embrace the opportunities for learning and development that our school provides, both inside and outside the classroom."

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

"If a family does not prioritize bilingualism or does not see the value in French language education, our school may not be the best fit. Our curriculum is deeply rooted in French language and culture. Families seeking a primarily English-speaking environment or those who do not wish to prioritize French language proficiency may find our school's emphasis on bilingual education to be incompatible with their preferences.
The LFT program is designed to challenge and stimulate students intellectually. For families seeking a more relaxed or less academically demanding environment, our school may not align with their preferences. Our curriculum follows the French educational system, emphasizing critical thinking, analytical skills, and academic excellence. Families prioritizing a less intense academic experience for their children may find our schools incompatible with their educational goals."

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

"At LFT, families are drawn to our unique offerings tailored to their needs. Our exclusive French Baccalauréat program, unmatched in Toronto, appeals to those seeking a rigorous curriculum.
Families often choose Lycée Français de Toronto for its reputation of academic excellence, bilingual education, and diverse cultural environment. Our school offers a rigorous curriculum combined with immersion in French language and culture, preparing students for global citizenship. Additionally, families value the opportunity for their children to become fluent in French while embracing multiculturalism and gaining exposure to different perspectives. The supportive community, experienced faculty, and strong emphasis on critical thinking further attract families seeking a well-rounded education for their children."

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

"Lycée Français de Toronto (LFT) is renowned for its dedication to academic excellence and global citizenship, distinguishing itself with a rigorous curriculum certified by the Grade 12 French Baccalauréat. As a hub of cultural diversity, LFT provides students with an enriching international environment that fosters cross-cultural understanding and prepares them to thrive in an interconnected world. Its graduates are highly regarded for their readiness to excel in the most prestigious universities globally. Moreover, LFT's extensive worldwide alumni network offers ongoing support and networking opportunities, further solidifying its reputation as a leading institution in Toronto's educational landscape."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"The global recognition and prestige of the French Baccalauréat offered at our school are often underappreciated. Some families may overlook its significance compared to the IB program. However, the French BAC is esteemed worldwide, providing students with a rigorous education and access to top universities internationally."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"At LFT, families discover our affiliation with the prestigious Lycée Français network, the world's oldest and largest school network with 500+ institutions worldwide. This partnership ensures high educational standards and offers unparalleled opportunities for global collaboration and cultural exchange. Beyond French proficiency, LFT provides a truly international experience, preparing students for success in an interconnected world."

What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

"We've recently undergone renovations to revitalize our school yard, creating a more vibrant and engaging space for students. But we're not stopping there - we have ambitious plans to continue improving our facilities to ensure an optimal learning environment for all. Furthermore, our commitment to excellence extends to our teaching staff, who participate in regular training sessions each year. These sessions are designed to keep them updated on the latest educational methodologies and best practices, ensuring they are well-equipped to meet the evolving needs of our students and deliver high-quality instruction"

How will your school change in the next 5 years?

"In the coming years, we're dedicated to upholding our status as Toronto's premier choice for French education. We'll prioritize academic excellence, bilingual proficiency, and cultural appreciation, continually refining our curriculum with innovative teaching methods and technologies to meet evolving global demands. Strengthening community ties is paramount, fostering partnerships to enhance our students' educational journey through cultural exchanges, community service, and collaborative projects.
Our vision is one of growth, innovation, and unwavering commitment, striving to be a beacon of excellence and inspiration for students, families, and educators in Toronto."

School Facilities

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School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Lycée Français de Toronto

Video reviews of Lycée Français de Toronto

Alum, Andrea Rodriguez-Marin (2020)

Watch our alum interview with Andrea Rodriguez-Marin to learn about the unique experience of attending Lycée Français de Toronto.

School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

Barbara Martin, Head of School

Barbara Martin, as the Head of School at Lycée Français de Toronto, brings a remarkable blend of passion, experience, and leadership to her role. With a background as a science teacher and extensive experience in France, including leading a large high school and driving change within the French Ministry of Education, she embodies a vision for education that is both ambitious and compassionate.

Her dedication to nurturing an environment where every student can excel and embrace their individuality is evident. Grounded in principles of compassion, open-mindedness, and collective intelligence, her leadership fosters a community where dialogue and responsibility are paramount. She believes in empowering each member to contribute to a more inclusive and equitable world.

Barbara's commitment to ensuring the school embodies values of humanism, curiosity, and excellence for all shines through. She is passionate about providing an education that not only challenges students intellectually but also prepares them to be thoughtful and engaged global citizens. Through a holistic and multilingual approach, she aims to empower students to reach their full potential and make a positive impact in their communities and beyond. Her leadership reflects a dedication to creating a nurturing and inspiring educational environment where students can thrive and fulfill their aspirations.

Barbara Martin's expertise and leadership in education have garnered significant recognition, as evidenced by her recent publication, "La méthode Barbara," released by the renowned French publishing house, Fayard, on October 12, 2022. This book chronicles her experiences as headmaster of a French lycée and has quickly gained acclaim, attracting attention from the press and media, including Radio Canada. The success of "La méthode Barbara" underscores her innovative approach to education and her ability to inspire positive change within educational institutions. Through her book, Barbara shares valuable insights and strategies that have resonated with educators and administrators worldwide, further solidifying her reputation as a trailblazer in the field of education.

In recognition of her distinguished merits and commitment to serving others, she was awarded the medal of the French National Assembly in 2016 and made a Chevalier de l'ordre national du Mérite (France's highest honor) in November 2021.

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