At TFS our students excel and thrive in our co-educational and bilingual learning environment. Combined with an international perspective, we provide an education that is unparalleled in its rigour and high standards. We prepare our students to succeed anywhere with anyone.
At TFS, academic excellence is our bedrock.
We offer a unique, blended curriculum, formed from the best of the Ontario and France curricula, and the three programs of the International Baccalaureate (IB) – the Primary and Middle Years, and Diploma programs.
It provides our students with an education that is rich in challenge, diversity and opportunity.
And the results are exceptional, from students in our elementary grades all the way to graduating classes.
- On the Canadian Test of Basic Skills, (CTBS), taken in Grades 2, 5, 7 and 9 across Canada, our students consistently perform in the 99th percentile.
- On average, 96% of our graduates are named Ontario Scholars (80% average or above); 100% of our 2016 graduates were Ontario Scholars.
- Nearly 100% of our graduates receive an IB Diploma, while the IB world average is 78%.
- Approximately 70% of graduates achieve an average of 90% or above; 81% our 2016 graduates had an average above 90%.
- The graduating Class of 2016 was collectively awarded $2 million in scholarship monies.
Brain Power: Bilingualism improves cognitive development and strength. Studies in cognitive development have shown that bilingual children benefit greatly from increased usage in the area of the brain that handles executive functions. Executive functions include critical activities such as organizing, multi-tasking and managing conflicting information.
Lessons in cultural understanding: Our students learn more than a second language. They develop a deep knowledge about another culture and gain different ways of looking at the world. By emphasizing language acquisition, and ensuring all of our students master English and French, our students gain the skills they will need to be internationally-minded citizens who can live and thrive in all parts of the world.
Post-secondary and beyond: Admissions officers for the most sought-after programs in universities are looking for students whose aptitudes and interest go beyond the norm. We are often told our students’ fluency in a second language is one of the considering – or critical – factors in their applications’ success.
As most of our students come to TFS with little to no prior knowledge of French, we offer a highly-successful one year Intro French program, up to and including Grade 7. Following the curriculum of their peers, they gradually become integrated into the regular stream.
TFS’ coeducational approach to education fosters understanding and respect across genders, and provides a platform for boys and girls to develop cooperative behaviours, as they work in partnership in class or during co-curricular activities. Students learn critical communication skills and acceptance of diverse learning and work styles.
TFS students also learn to be teammates and leaders together from a young age, through academics, sports, clubs such as debating and the Model UN, and through expeditions like Outward Bound, and the many leadership opportunities that the school provides.
TFS is a dual-language school. All our students achieve fluency in French and English by the time they graduate. They also learn about another culture and develop a different way of looking at the world.
TFS has an international curriculum. Being at the crossroads of three great educational systems: France, Ontario, and the IB, our students learn the value systems and assumptions of two different countries, Canada and France, which in turn gives them a strategy for accessing other countries and other cultures, and, indeed, other languages. To layer on top of that an international educational system like the IB now gives them a third point of reference, of life beyond the individual nation, of international institutions, and of aspirations for a better world.
TFS attracts staff from countries all over the globe. Our staff bring with them their native cultures, languages and histories, as well as personal talents, passions and experiences. Many have degrees in both education and other fields. We value the multiculturalism of our staff, the individual knowledge they provide to our students and the richness they bring to our school.
TFS is passionate about teaching and learning from an international point of view! To view profiles of some of our fascinating teachers, please read more about TFS’ international staff.
Every day, we hear how increasingly interconnected our world is becoming. Understanding other cultures, points of view, languages and ways of doing things is imperative to succeeding personally and professionally in this environment.
TFS offers an international perspective. To learn how TFS helps prepare students to bring their intellectual strength and empathy into the wider world, see our Student Profiles.
TFS is a member of international educational organizations. TFS is among very few schools in Canada – and the world – to be named to the following educational organizations: Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Council of International Schools (CIS) and Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger (AEFE).We are only one of two schools in Canada that belong to the Council of International Schools, a community committed to excellence in international education.
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