Campuses & Branches
TFS is one school with two campuses and four branches. It sounds complicated, but it isn’t!
We have a campus in Toronto and one in Mississauga. The term, branch, is part of TFS lore. In the early years of TFS’ history, there were no centralized schools; instead, class space was rented from commercial properties and houses of worship across the Greater Toronto area. Each location was called a branch.
As the school progressed and prospered, classes were indeed consolidated, but the term branch remained.
We have three branches on our beautiful campus in Toronto and another campus in Mississauga, which we refer to as the West Campus:
- La p’tite école - Age 2 to Grade 1
- Junior School - Grades 2 to 5
- Senior School - Grade 6 to Grade 12 (Level V)
- West Campus - Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 7
Our West Campus is a very special place, it is sunny and intimate. Almost all of our West Campus students continue at the Senior School once they have completed Grade 7. As well, we offer bus transportation for Mississauga/Etobicoke-based and Oakville-based students to the West campus.
Within TFS, each branch is a unique community unto itself, but remains part of the school as a whole. Through campus-wide and school-wide activities, we build relationships between students across grades and locations, and our dedicated staff members collaborate and share expertise.
Classrooms are designed to optimize learning. Classrooms for our younger students are outfitted to stimulate developing curiosity, intellect and imagination, with books, displays based on the curriculum, intriguing objects, reading nooks, activity centres and more. Each classroom, from SK to Grade 12 (Level V), is equipped with an interactive whiteboard (e.g. SmartBoards).
TFS has made the integration of state-of-the-art technology into the classroom a priority. From PK to Grade 12 (Level V), each classroom has access to both traditional computer labs and mobile computer laptop and iPad carts. Beginning in Grade 2, a TFS email account is provided to each student. Computers at the school are loaded with age-appropriate and subject-specific software and special IT and media tools are available.
Another one of TFS’ priorities is to deeply embed the natural world into the curriculum as a source of discovery, knowledge and to allow our students to more closely connect to the outdoors.
In addition to gyms, all branches have outdoor play or recreation areas, as well as areas to sit quietly on one’s own or in groups. On the Toronto campus, an artificial turf, FIFA regulation-sized Play & Sports Field is situated behind the Senior School. Beyond the field sits a truly rare resource: 26 acres of the Don Valley ravine, also part of our Toronto property.
TFS’ West Campus has an outdoor student common, in addition to play structures, is surrounded by grassy play fields and is located near Serson Park.
At TFS, we are mindful about the impact on our environment and this is apparent in our curriculum and how we manage our facilities. Programs addressing the recycling of all types of waste material (e.g. organic, batteries, fluorescent tubes) and reducing plastic bottle usage through the installation of hydration stations for filling reusable water bottles have been implemented. Energy-saving lighting and mechanical equipment have been installed.
The school endeavours to minimize its carbon footprint by purchasing materials locally, using FSC-certified wood products in all new construction and renovations, using VOC-free paints and ensuring all of our cleaning products are environmentally-friendly.
In fact, both the Toronto and West campuses have been certified by Ontario Eco Schools, and the Senior School on the Toronto campus has solar-panels installed on its roofs.
TFS opened its campus in Mississauga in 1965. Serving students from PK to Grade 7, it houses an extraordinarily close-knit community of students, parents and staff.
For more information, please visit the West Campus page.
West Campus Viewbook