Private Mandarin schools

Find the top Mandarin-language and immersion schools in Canada

Mandarin is a group of related languages spoken in China. It has several dialects, including standard Mandarin (or standard Chinese), spoken in Bejing, and several northern dialects, spoken across northern China. Mandarin is a tonal language, meaning speaking its words with different tones or pitches (like in music) can change their meanings. Read more

List of Mandarin schools in Canada

  • Unionville, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $7,650 to $12,650

Founded in 1990, Yip's Montessori Program cater to children from 1.5 to 6 years old. Yip's four campuses are located in Markham, Unionville and Thornhill.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Yip’s Music & Montessori School 7650 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $25,000

AIS Montessori & Elementary School offers authentic Chinese Immersion program in GTA area.Its average class is 15 students.

  • Homestay/Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
A.I.S. School 10000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $22,250

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
The Dalton School 22250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Brimley Road/14th Ave South
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $12,300 to $13,900

Established in 1974, Somerset Academy is an independent, not-for-profit private school that provides education to students in Grades 1 to 8. Somerset Academy has an average class size of 10 to 18 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Somerset Academy 12300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    North Service Road/King Road
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $21,620 to $23,368

Fern Hill School provides a calm, engaging & academic program for Preschool to Grade 8. We offer a structured approach that focuses on developing intellectual curiosity, creativity & confidence. Maximum class size is 19.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Fern Hill School - Burlington 21620 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    University Ave./Dundas street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,750 to $24,000

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School 13750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

There are plenty of private schools in Canada that teach the Mandarin language. These schools offer a first-rate education, and teach one or more Mandarin dialects, sometimes starting as early as preschool. This includes Mandarin schools in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa.

Different types of Mandarin schools

There are many different kinds of Mandarin schools in Canada. You should consider which option best meets your child’s needs, in terms of both your goals for language learning and for general academics.

Mandarin language schools

At a Mandarin language school, your child will be in an exclusively Mandarin environment, which includes everything from academics to the social community. All courses are taught in this language, except for English arts. If your child has experience with the language of Mandarin, or this is their first language, this may be a good option for them.

Mandarin immersion schools

This type of school is meant to provide a comprehensive Mandarin education to children whose first language isn’t Mandarin. Following the relevant provincial curriculum (such as that of Ontario), a Mandarin immersion school offers either all or most courses in Mandarin, with the exception of English arts. This type of school customizes education for Mandarin second-language students.

Bilingual Mandarin-English language schools

These bilingual schools have a dual-language environment. They normally offer around half their courses in Mandarin and half in English, though there are other models. Bilingual, Mandarin-English schools are a nice fit for Mandarin second-language students or those who simply want to become fluent speakers of this language.

Schools with Mandarin courses

Some schools don’t have have an immersive or bilingual Mandarin program, but offer courses that teach Mandarin. This includes courses at many different grade and proficiency levels, including introductory, intermediate, and advanced Mandarin. You might consider one of these schools for your child if they’re interested in learning the basic or more refined features of this language.

Benefits of Mandarin schools

Mandarin schools have plenty of benefits. Some of these are similar to those of other types of language schools and bilingual schools.


Five key benefits of bilingual programs

“In the last 20 years or so, there's been a virtual explosion of research on bilingualism," says Judith Kroll, a professor at the University of California. Research has found the benefits include enhanced:

  1. Attention

  2. Empathy

  3. Reading comprehension

  4. School performance and engagement

  5. Diversity and integration

Yet there are other benefits to language learning and bilingualism, some of which are especially characteristic of Mandarin schools. They include:

Below, we list private Mandarin schools in Canada. This includes Mandarin language and immersion schools, and schools with Mandarin courses and bilingual English-Mandarin programs. Click on a school profile to learn more about it, including its cost, location, and the type of Mandarin program it offers.


5 key brain benefits of dual-language immersion programs

“In the last 20 years or so, there's been a virtual explosion of research on bilingualism," says Judith Kroll, a professor at the University of California. Research has found the benefits include enhanced:

  1. Attention

  2. Empathy

  3. Reading comprehension

  4. School performance and engagement

  5. Diversity and integration


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