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TFS Mississauga

TFS – Canada’s International School is a bilingual, coeducational and non-denominational independent school for students from age 2 to university entrance. We provide our students with an international perspective.

Our Mississauga campus has been part of the school since 1965. Serving students from PK to Grade 7, it houses an extraordinarily close-knit community of students, parents and staff.  For more information please read about our application procedures or contact admissions.

Please note that bus transportation will be available for Oakville-based students to the Mississauga campus starting September 2014.

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TFS Mississauga is located at
1293 Meredith Avenue,
Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 2E6
Phone: 905-278-7243

Mississauga Open House Dates

For families interested in enrolling their children from Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) to Grade 7, please join us at 1293 Meredith Avenue.

To RSVP for an Open House, please contact the Admissions Department at admissions@tfs.ca or 416-484-6980, ext. 4247 or sign up online. Also, please indicate which Open House date you are interested in. * Please note, presentations begin promptly.

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm*
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

* Join us at any time during this drop-in session at the Mississauga campus.

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If you are a journalist and need more information on TFS or want to arrange for an interview with a spokesperson, please contact:

Sharon Bishop
Interim Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
416-484-6980, ext. 4328.

Anita Griffiths
Manager, Marketing and Communications
416-484-6980, ext. 4283.

For Alumni

TFS students form lifelong bonds and, after they graduate, each becomes a member of the TFS Alumni Association. There are now over 2,500 alumni all around the world! The Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations supports alumni and helps them stay engaged with their alma mater and with each other.

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Get involved

To learn more or offer your support please contact: Verle Thompson, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at alumni@tfs.ca or (416) 484-6533.

Stay Connected

Make sure you are included in the TFS Alumni Directory to stay connected with TFS and with fellow classmates.

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Latest News

Preview the current issue of Entre Amis, a newsletter written especially for TFS alumni.  If you would like to receive a copy of Entre Amis, please contact the Advancement and Alumni Relations Department.

The TFS Alumni Network

Read 6 short profiles about our alumni and how they stay connected with TFS.

Use of TFS Facilities

Alumni Basketball Night – join fellow alumni for a game of basketball in the Toronto Senior School gym.
Family Swim – alumni and their families are invited to use the pool at the Toronto campus.  For more information please email alumni@tfs.ca

Bursaries

TFS is proud to offer a limited number of bursaries for high-achieving students who are considering TFS for Grade 6 and above, but whose families do not have sufficient financial means to cover the full cost of tuition.

Bursary details

Bursaries are available to students applying to attend either our Toronto or Mississauga campus for Grade 6 and above.

The bursary amount will be applied to tuition fees. Other costs will be the responsibility of the parents, including uniforms, books, excursions, etc.

Bursary selection criteria

To qualify, students must meet two criteria: academic merit and financial need.

To assess academic merit, students will be required to write TFS entrance tests.

Financial need will be assessed by Apple Financial, an external agency. Please note, there is a $75 annual charge for this assessment and processing of the assessment will take two to three weeks. Please visit www.applefinancialservices.ca for more information and all forms.

Bursaries are not automatically renewed. Both financial need and academic merit must be demonstrated every year.

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How to apply

We encourage families to apply to TFS as soon as possible. Testing appointments will be booked as soon as applications are received.

An application for a bursary may be made concurrently. All applications for TFS bursaries must be received by Apple Financial Services.

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Student Services

TFS offers many services to enhance our students’ educational experience and make life easier for their busy parents.

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Sample Menus

View the Senior School Fall Menu or Junior School Fall Menu
(sample four-week rotational menus - current families please check your branch site for the current menu)

Support TFS

Without the generosity of our parents and supporters, TFS would not be...

  • Teaching one of the most rigorous elementary and secondary academic programs in Canada
  • Making it possible to access SmartBoards in each class and mobile media carts, or to be creative in our media labs
  • Hosting athletic matches in our 25-metre, six-lane competition swimming pool or on our FIFA regulation-sized sports field
  • Staging productions with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems
  • Offering bursaries to attract top students who do not have the financial means to attend TFS
  • Going green with a solar panel covered roof
  • Producing art in a room outfitted with the latest technology and custom equipment
  • Making our spaces more inviting and enriching, including the media lab at the Senior School, or the outdoor Student Common on our Mississauga campus
  • Continuing the tradition as Canada’s only co-educational, bilingual, International Baccalaureate School

Our families mean a lot to TFS. They provide us with the means to deliver the margin of excellence that makes a TFS education unique and outstanding. Their dedication, through volunteering and philanthropy, allows us to reach higher, be innovators and further nurture our students – who will be leaders in the global community of tomorrow.

Independent schools operate effectively with revenue from tuition which covers the basic operational costs of educating a student. The richness of our programming and superior facilities are the result of parents championing our cause with philanthropic support.

No matter the size of the gift, your support is essential.

To learn more about philanthropy and how important it is to TFS, please contact Julie Castle, Executive Director, Advancement at (416) 484-6980, ext. 4296 or at jcastle@tfs.ca

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Make a Gift

Online donations are welcome. Your support is appreciated and is immediately put to work for the benefit of the students.

TFS Parents

Parents of our students are integral to the vibrancy and success of TFS. We rely on them as partners in their children’s educational journeys. Their involvement as volunteers, donors, organizers and members of TFS’ Board of Directors is an important part of what makes our school a true community.

Parents can take part in life at TFS in so many ways! They act as class representatives and judges at debating tournaments and the Senior School Science Fair. They are inevitably recruited to help with the culinary adventure of International Day, or to volunteer during the Winter Carnival, and they exemplify citizen skills by supporting students' toy and food drives for those less fortunate.

All parents and caregivers of students at TFS are members of the Parents’ Association and are welcome to attend the monthly general meetings of the PA Council. One of the core mandates of the PA is to raise funds to purchase educational materials and for other special initiatives, through events such as Pizza Lunches, the annual Fun Fair in Toronto and the Barbeque in Mississauga. They also support dozens of branch and school-wide activities, from Terry Fox Spirit Day to Halloween and Valentine’s Day celebrations and more.

At the beginning of each school year, the PA sends out an orientation package to all TFS families that includes information on meeting dates, events, committees and contact information for all PA Council members.

New members are always welcome to join the PA Council!

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Map & Directions

Toronto Campus

Toronto Map

306 Lawrence Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
M4N 1T7
(416) 484 6533

TFS' Toronto campus is located on Lawrence Avenue East, just west of Bayview Avenue.

Map and directions to the Toronto Campus.

The Toronto Campus includes:

  • Jardin d'éveil (age 2), located at 294 Lawrence Avenue East
  • La p'tite école for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 1, located at 101 Mildenhall Road
  • Junior School for Grade 2 to 5, located at 296 Lawrence Avenue East
  • Senior School for Grade 6 - Level V, located at 318 Lawrence Avenue East
  • Admissions Office, Administration Services and TFS Shop, located at 306 Lawrence Avenue East

View a map of the Toronto campus, including parking.  Please note: parking space is limited and busy during student drop-off and pick-up times.

The TFS Toronto Campus is conveniently accessible via the TTC.  The campus is located on Route 124 (Sunnybrook) and Route 162 (Donway) with connections at the Lawrence subway station.  Route 11 (Bayview) also runs close to the school with connections at Davisville subway station. Please refer to the TTC website for full schedule details.

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Privacy Policy

At TFS, we are committed to protecting the confidentiality of the personal information we collect. To maintain your trust, we must be responsible and accountable in how we treat the information you share with us.

All personal information collected by TFS from prospective and current families and students, alumni and staff is stored in secure and confidential databases and files with strict access controls. Only authorized staff at our school has access to these databases.

Personal information is used as appropriate by the school, the Parents' Association and TFS Foundation to deliver programs, conduct school business and keep you informed of school activities, programs, special events, and volunteer or funding opportunities.

TFS does not rent, sell or trade the personal information we collect to or with any other organizations.Occasionally, we use outside suppliers; we ensure tight controls over data are adhered to. When we share personal information such as name, address and/or email address, the information is destroyed after use. In exceptional circumstances, TFS may have to disclose personal information when required by law.

 

Accessibility Policy


TFS - Canada’s International School is committed to providing services in a manner that, as much as reasonably possible, respects an individual’s dignity, independence, integration and equality of opportunity, including for those with disabilities.  In its ongoing efforts to strive for accessibility, the School endorses the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the regulations supporting this Act.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Schools' Human Resource department.

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Contact Us

Admissions Department

Our Admissions Department, located on our Toronto campus, handles applications for both the Toronto and Mississauga campuses.

Phone:
416-484-6533, ext. 4247

Email:
admissions@tfs.ca

Or you can reach us in person or by mail:

Admissions Office
TFS – Canada’s International School
306 Lawrence Avenue East
Toronto Ontario Canada M4N 1T7

Susan Markle
Director of Admissions

Denise McLean
Assistant Director of Admissions

Violeta Vukosavljevic
Admissions Assistant

Lucienne Eichler
Administrative Assistant

 

Toronto Campus

 

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Working at TFS

Are you passionate about educating the internationally-minded citizens of tomorrow? Do you have a world view that includes respect for cultural diversity and the importance of gaining knowledge from those with different backgrounds and points of view?

If this sounds like you, then consider working at TFS at either our Toronto or Mississauga campus.

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View a current list of career opportunities.

To apply please send your resumé with a cover letter to the following address:

Human Resources
306 Lawrence Avenue East
Toronto, ON M4N 1T7
Or email it to dgagne@tfs.ca

Our School Branches

Each branch has its own Communiqué website to enhance teaching and learning and ensure that parents are better connected to the classroom.

La p’tite école (age 2 – Grade 1)
Junior School (Grades 2 – 5)
Mississauga campus (PK – Grade 7)
Senior School (Grades 6 – 12)

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Toronto Tour
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How to Apply

Exploring and applying to a school for your child can be a daunting prospect. The TFS Admissions team is here to support you and make that process as smooth as possible.

The Admissions Department, located on our Toronto campus, handles applications for both the Toronto and Mississauga campuses.

Here is an outline of the application process:

Step 1:  Obtain an application form.

  • download an application form for Jardin d’éveil (age 2)
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  • download an application form for Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) – Grade 12
    or
  • request an Admissions Package (which includes an application form)

Step 2:  Complete and mail the application with the following information:

  • Current photo
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Current report card (if applicable)
  • Copies of two most recent end-of-year report cards (if applicable)
  • Applicable application fee

Note: A confidential report is required from student’s previous school (Grades 3 and above)
SSAT is required for Grades 6 and above.

Mailing Address:

Admissions Office, TFS – Canada’s International School
306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto Ontario Canada M4N 1T7

Step 3:  Once the application is received for children applying to Pre-Kindergarten and above, the Admissions Department will contact the applicant’s family to arrange for one or more of the following:

  • Testing appointment
  • Student Interview
  • Fun day (JK, SK and Grade 1)
  • Shadow Day (Grade 6 and above)

Step 4:  Decisions will be communicated to families in writing.
Please note that new applications for children with siblings currently attending TFS and for children of alumni are given priority in terms of space availability.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Admissions Department at 416-484-6533, ext. 4247 or by email at admissions@tfs.ca.

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Download an Application Form
 

Application form for JDE (age 2):
To download and print an application for TFS’s Jardin d’éveil program for two year olds (in Toronto only)

Application form for PK (age 3) – Grade 12 (Level V):
To download and print an application form for students considering entering TFS from PK (age 3) to Grade 12 (Level V)

Confidential School Report Form /
Bulletin scolaire confidentiel
This School Report form is required for children applying to TFS for Grade 3 and above.

Request an Admissions Package

Complete our online form to receive an admissions package.

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Tuition & Costs

What does it cost to attend TFS?

At TFS, tuition payments cover the operational costs of educating a student. As an independent school, the margin of excellence TFS provides is thanks to the generous financial support of our parent community and alumni.

Initial Registration Fee

New students are charged a one-time only registration fee. This fee applies to all new students entering from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 (Level V).

The non-refundable fee is $5,000 for the Toronto campus and $1,500 for the Mississauga campus.  For information regarding tuition and other costs please review our full schedule of fees and costs.

Parents with children entering PK may choose to pay the initial registration fee in two instalments, 50% at the time of registration, with the balance due the following January.

Introductory French Program

Our Introductory French Program is available to students in their first year at TFS, up to and including Grade 7 who have no, or minimal, prior knowledge of French. As of Grade 1, an additional fee of $1,500 is applied for this introductory program.

Family Discount

A family discount in the amount of $500 for each full-time student is available to families with three or more children in the school.

Tuition Refund Insurance

The school strongly encourages parents to take advantage of the optional Tuition Refund Plan, available through Dewar Insurance. This program offers parents an opportunity to insure fees in the event of student withdrawal or dismissal, provided the student has attended more than 14 consecutive calendar days commencing with the student's first class day of attendance in the academic year, according to the Terms and Definitions of the policy. The insurance premium is approximately 2.5% of the annual tuition fees including HST. This one-time fee is due and payable in full at the time of registration.

The Annual Fund

We would not be where we are today without the generous financial support of our community. In fact, TFS would not exist without philanthropy; it is part of the fabric of our school.

Whether enabling a talented and deserving student to attend TFS through financial aid, supporting the athletics teams, or making improvements at either of our campuses possible, all gifts make a valuable contribution to the TFS community.

Quite simply, every TFS student (including yours!), regardless of their age, interests, strengths or potential, is touched by resources made possible through Annual Fund contributions.

Read more about our Annual fund and how families give to the school at Support TFS.

Payment Options

TFS offers families three payment options when paying tuition fees:

  • Lump sum
  • Three instalments
  • Monthly instalments

Receipts for Income Tax Purposes

The Business Office issues receipts by the end of February that can be used for income tax purposes. The amount and availability of these receipts vary by age, grade and tax year. Receipts which are issued include:

  • Before and After School Care – Applies to all TFS students to age 16, for that period of time that is supervised and non-academic
  • Education Tax Receipt (T2202A) – Due to the postsecondary nature of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, a portion of tuition fees paid towards Grades 11 and 12 (Levels IV and V) is considered deductible for income tax purposes
  • Children’s Fitness Tax Credit – Receipts will be issued for the School’s Competitive Sports Fee
  • Philanthropic Donations and Gifts – All donations and gifts to TFS are 100% tax deductible and receipts are issued

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Schedule of Fees & Costs
2014-2015

Full list of tuition and costs, with descriptions.

Bus Fees

TFS offers a subsidized bus service for students attending our Mississauga campus. View the bus fees for the 2014-2015 school year:

Mississauga/Etobicoke Bus Fees
Oakville Bus Fees (starting September 2014)

Optional Services

For more information about the lunch program, childcare, uniforms and textbooks, please see Student Services.

 

 

 

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Assessment

TFS wants all children who attend our school to feel at home in their educational environment, and assessment is a key means of determining a child’s fit with the school.

Procedures vary according to the grade for which the child is applying. For most students, applying with little or no prior knowledge of French, all assessments are done in English. French is not required for entry, up to and including Grade 7, the last year during which the Introductory Program is offered. Francophone students who do not speak English will be tested in French. Bilingual students will be tested in the language of their choice.


Timelines and deadlines

Most families choose to apply during the regular application cycle (see dates below); however, applications are accepted year round.
 

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Open Houses

Our Admissions Department offers families many ways to get to know TFS.

In addition to greeting parents and their children individually, the school also holds several Open Houses on each campus throughout the school year.

At these sessions, parents will hear from the Director of Admissions and the branch Principal, as well as from current students of all ages. Daytime Open Houses are followed by a tour to see our classrooms, facilities and students in action.  Please note, presentations begin promptly.



Enter your email address in the RSVP form to be added to our mailing list and receive newsletters and other information from TFS. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy or contact us for more information.

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Explore our Campuses & Branches!

Toronto Tour
Mississauga Tour

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Student Resources

No matter the age of the student, TFS strives to ensure that each child has an enriching and rewarding educational experience.

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Learning Forum Mandates

The TFS Learning Forum will provide a range of learning supports including online resources, workshops and learning tools, varied workspaces and programs for students.   Read the full Learning Forum Mandate document.

Learning Forum Mandates

Library Services

Each branch at TFS has its own library which supports and reflects the educational goals and philosophy of the school, providing a well-balanced collection of print, non-print and electronic resources, study space and reader services. The central focus of the Library Information Centres across TFS is to instill a love of reading and life-long learning.

At the Senior School, the Penturn Library offers a collection of over 17,000 fiction and non-fiction titles for both study and pleasure reading.

Student Profiles

TFS Student Sessions - Natasha TFS Student Sessions - Victorien

Natasha
Toronto Campus, Junior School
Grade 2

Victorien
Mississauga campus
Grade 4
TFS Student Sessions - Gabriel TFS Student Sessions - Catalina

Gabriel
Toronto campus, Junior School
Grade 5

Catalina
Mississauga Campus
Grade 3
TFS Student Sessions - Avalon  

Avalon
Toronto campus, Senior School
Grade 10/Level III

 

 

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TFS students speak for themselves! 

True insights about a school come from its students. Hear from our students directly in these short video clips, as they talk about their backgrounds, interests and aspirations.

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Leadership Opportunities

Learning at TFS includes learning to lead. Leadership development is not only encouraged, but embedded in activities throughout TFS.

Junior leaders

New this school year, the House system has been introduced to students in the Junior School (Grades 2 through 5). Similar to the long-established House system at the Senior School (described below), students in the Junior School are assigned to a House to develop relationships across grades and build school spirit.

Leadership programs at the Junior School are incorporated throughout the Grade 5 school year. Each year the program varies; however, it always involves raising awareness about issues of social justice and includes a fundraising campaign for a local charity. 

Mississauga student role models

Unique to our Mississauga campus, students in Grades 6 and 7 are part of the Community Service and Leadership Program. Fifteen hours of school-community service and leadership activities are required from each student. The goal is to have these students become role models for their younger peers. This can take the form of running lunchtime games, being a member of the outreach group, or volunteering to help teachers conduct co-curricular activities.

Leveraging Senior School leadership opportunities

The Senior School offers numerous diverse opportunities for students to lead, no matter the grade. In fact, leadership and co-curricular activities at the Senior School are supported full-time by our Dean of Student Affairs.

The Conseil des délégués is a junior student council made up of elected representatives from each Grade 6 and 7 class. They form the official liaison between homeroom classes and staff, and plan events throughout the year.

WEB – Where Everybody Belongs – is a middle school transition program for students new to the Senior School, such as new Grade 6 or 7 students, or Level I’s from Mississauga. WEB Leaders are at the heart of the program. Students in Grades 8 and 9 (Levels I and II) who are selected to become WEB Leaders receive training to become year-long mentors to new students.

From Grade 8 to 10, students can take part in Outward Bound programs. Leadership is an integral part of each of these three wilderness excursions.

Students in Grades 8 through 12 can also run for the Student Council. The 15-member council communicates students’ concerns to the wider student body during assemblies and to school administrators.

All students in the Senior School are assigned to a House, with each House made up of students spanning all Senior School grades. The 12 House Heads are elected Grade 11 or 12 (Level IV or V) students who embody school spirit at TFS, and who organize and run key events such as the much-anticipated Spirit Week.

Most of the Senior School’s major clubs and organizations are led by one of 19 Prefects, all elected Grade 11 and 12 (Level IV and V) students. Two of the Prefects are elected annually to be TFS’ Head Boy and Head Girl, the school’s highest-ranking student leaders. Students also have the opportunity to be captains of athletic teams or to act as peer mentors.

No matter which leadership role a student chooses to fulfill, stepping up, taking the lead and engaging their peers in the life of the school is an ongoing and proud tradition at TFS!

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Leadership Opportunities Abound Across Both Campuses

How Leaders Are Made At TFS
How Leaders are Made at TFS

Trips & Exchanges

From field trips a few hours long, to overnight trips lasting two weeks, TFS believes its students must explore the wider world. What better way to help develop the skills our students will need as internationally-minded citizens?

Organized on an age-appropriate basis and directly linked to the curricula, these outings allow students to make real life connections between classroom learning and experiential activities.

Our youngest students start locally, visiting places that speak to our region’s past and present, such as Riverdale Farm, St. Lawrence Market, the Kortright Centre for Conservation and the Toronto Zoo.

In Grade 3, students begin to participate in outings that include their peers from both campuses of TFS. The idea is to foster relationships beyond their own classroom and to start to develop leadership skills – another key aspect of many TFS excursions.

Overnight trips are popular and highly anticipated occasions from Grades 4 through 7. Our students experience the wilderness and leadership centres at Bark Lake and Camp Kanawana, and the francophone culture in Montreal.

Field trips at this age include English and French theatre outings and sports days off-site.

Students at the Senior School visit museums, art galleries, French theatre and more. They can also participate in an Outward Bound program, offered from Grades 8 through 10 (Levels I through III) over different seasons: in the fall (leadership and urban wilderness training), spring (backpacking), and winter (camping and dog-sledding in Algonquin Park).

Taking the TFS experience abroad, students have the opportunity to be part of an annual French Exchange to Paris or a trip to Spain, or take on the challenge of a community service trip to South America. Students involved in debating or Model UN have the opportunity to represent TFS at events in North America and beyond.

From exploring our own backyard to travelling continents away, TFS students bring their intellectual and experiential curiosity, no matter where they go.

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Outward Bound

Using the challenges and inspiration of the natural environment – rivers, lakes, mountains and oceans – to bring out the best in everyone, Outward Bound programs kindle a sense of community and strong dedication to service.

Clubs & Activities

From Pre-Kindergarten (age3) through Grade 12 (Level V), TFS is dedicated to offering co-curricular activities and clubs that will interest and inspire our students no matter the age.

Students at La p’tite école can chose from activities that take place before school, after school and during the lunch hour, many conducted in French. These can include sports such as soccer, floor hockey, basketball and tennis instruction, or chess, violin and Spanish lessons.

The diversity and number of activities increase as children move up through the grades. In the Junior School, some of the more unique athletic offerings might include fencing, Ultimate Frisbee and inline skating, along with traditional sports like soccer. Artistic activities might incorporate cartooning and animation. Instruction in Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic is also offered.

Our Mississauga campus conducts after school co-curriculars based on students' interests and demand. These have expanded to include year-long robotics and Mandarin instruction, as well as sports, arts and “So You Think You Can Dance Mississauga?”.  Another option is PlayLab for Grades 5 to 7, which combines creativity, engineering and design to allow students to create amusement parks, new sports or green machines.

The Senior School buzzes from the energy of all the activities that take place there on a daily basis. No one misses out on ClubFest, a fall fair held by all the clubs at the Senior School, each vying to add participants to its ranks. Over 30 clubs are available, including Outreach, iPhone applications developer club, Cave Records (our recording club), debating, the Globe environment club, Classics, Model UN, Radio TFS and Limited Edition (the student newspaper), to name just a few.

For those craving more music, the Senior School currently has six music clubs and ensembles for students to join, including choral, jazz, concert band, percussion and guitar.

Students will run out of time before they run out of fascinating activities to get involved with at our school.

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Check out the latest Co-curricular activities at TFS!

La p'tite école
Junior School
Mississauga Campus
Senior School

Arts

Music, visual art, drama, and poetry and prose are all part of the artistic life of our students at TFS.

Arts are amalgamated into general classroom activities and are also specifically taught by specialist teachers. They are also a key component of co-curricular activities and clubs. Like other aspects of their TFS education, the arts are introduced to our students at the earliest ages.

Petits Picassos

While sessions are set aside for artistic activities alone, they often become part of curriculum units or projects, as well. This integration of subjects is key to the educational approach of the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate, which is being introduced from PK through Grade 5 at TFS.

Skills are enhanced as the students move up through the grades and experiment with writing, song, dance, drama and visual arts. Field trips to theatres and museums, and visits from artists in different media complement the curricula.

Many after school co-curricular activities have an arts focus. Recent offerings include violin and dance at La p’tite école, cartooning and choir at the Junior School, and visual arts and contemporary dance on our Mississauga campus.

Developing their own point of view

As students continue into the higher grades, they begin to develop their individual styles for expressing themselves artistically, and the Senior School provides them with ample opportunities to do so.

In addition to classes dedicated to visual arts, music and drama, creative activities play a key role in the curricula of many subjects. For instance, as part of Grade 10 (Level III) English, students produce a film based on a piece of literature, while in one math class, students are required to create a board game as a means  of demonstrating their understanding of certain principles.

Among the dozens of clubs students can join at the Senior School, a significant number are devoted to the arts. Musically, students can be a member of the string, wind or jazz ensembles, join Cave Records (a music recording club), or try out for the annual drama production. Students can also put their writing and photography talents to work on the yearbook or student newspaper. If organizing is their forte, students can apply to be a member of the Arts Council, the student body responsible for co-curricular arts activities.

The Senior School holds many notable arts events each year, such as the famed Dance Show and MAD (music art and drama) Night, a festival highlighting all things artistic. One of the most anticipated occasions is the IB Art Show, when the most senior art students present their collections of original artwork, developed and refined over a two year period of time. The stunning display of creative talents and critical analysis skills is not to be missed!

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Our School Branches

Each branch has its own Communiqué website to enhance teaching and learning and ensure that parents are better connected to the classroom.

La p’tite école (age 2 – Grade 1)
Junior School (Grades 2 – 5)
Mississauga campus (PK – Grade 7)
Senior School (Grades 6 – 12)

Athletics

When some people think about TFS, they think academics. The truth is athletics are also integral to student life at TFS.

No matter the age or interest, we want our students to be vigorous and engaged, in body and mind.  We aspire for all of our students to find their athletic home at TFS.

Indoors and out, athletic activity is constant: on our regulation-sized Play & Sports Field and in the 25-metre swimming pool, or in the gymnasia found at all four of our branches.

Physical and Health Education are part of the regular curriculum up to Grade 9 (Level II), after which it becomes optional. Recreational and co-curricular activities complement this strong program and are a part of daily life, whether it’s lunchtime floor hockey at the Junior School, a rock-climbing workshop for students in La p’tite école, soccer skills on the playground in Mississauga or student-staff sports matches at the Senior School.

Our competitive sports program encompasses more than 50 teams across both campuses, from Grade 4 and up. Teams usually practise twice weekly and play against other independent schools. All competitive teams at TFS are called the Cougars. In fact, the Cougar athletic logo sits proudly in centre field on our Play & Sports Field on the Toronto campus.

TFS is a member of the provincial Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) and competes for championships in a wide variety of sports. One look at the banners lining our gym walls tells you just how much students care about sports at our school.

TFS Mississauga students compete mainly in competitions organized by the Private School Athletic Association (PSAA) in Peel region.

As well, a partnership with Zodiac Swim School enables TFS to offer access to a comprehensive program of after-school swimming instruction on the Toronto campus.

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Get on the Inside Track

To get an inside look at the variety and depth of our competitive athletic program, please go to our Athletics webpage

An Academic Home Run
 

Read about four alumni who were actively involved in athletics while at TFS.

An Academic Home Run

IB Programs

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a high-quality program of international education that spans Pre-Kindergarten all the way to university entrance.

Over 20 years ago, TFS was authorized to teach the Diploma program of the International Baccalaureate, and was the first school in Toronto in which the program was mandatory.

TFS is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to teach the Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Middle Years Program (MYP) and to offer the IB Diploma Program (DP).

What makes these three programs so highly sought after?

More than the content of study itself, it is the approach the IB takes to learning that is unique. The IB propels students away from insular study inside a classroom alone. It demands active engagement in learning and ensures this learning is intrinsically linked to students' lives and the world.

Please click here to view a short video about the IB Learner Profile.  Visit the IB website for detailed curriculum notes and further background on the programs.

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IB logo   Visit the IB website for detailed curriculum notes and further background on the programs.

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The PYP and MYP at TFS

PYP and MYP at TFS

Guides to each IB program

The IB Learner Profile

As an IB Diploma school, TFS respects and promotes the values expressed in the IB Learner Profile and French IB Learner Profile, such as striving to be knowledgeable, caring, principled, and open-minded.

Intro to French Program

Children may enter TFS up to and including Grade 7 with no prior exposure to French. These students are placed in our Introductory French program. This special program offers intensive French language development during the student’s first year, after which students are integrated into the regular bilingual academic stream.

Introductory French teachers speak French every day in class, and employ a wide variety of strategies and resources to make learning French fun. Children quickly acquire comprehension, and reading, writing and oral language skills, depending on the age of the child.

Most of the students who come to TFS are not French speakers. However, by the time they graduate, all our students are fully bilingual in the English and French languages.

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The Benefits of the Bilingual Brain.
Benefits of the Bilingual Brain

Academic Programs at a Glance

Unique to TFS is its history of blending highly-regarded curricula. Each, on its own, is comprehensive; however, by engaging our students in the following three curricula, we offer an exceptional educational experience:

  • Ministry of Education of Ontario
    (JK – Grade 12/Level V)
  • Ministry of Education of France
    (age 3 – Grade 9/Level II)
  • International Baccalaureate – a high-quality program of international education
    (PK – Grade 12/Level V)

We also offer a French-language program for two year olds, called Jardin d’éveil.

Grades 8-12

For Grades 8 to12, our unique program combines three curricula. As a result, our Grades 8 to 12 are called Levels, beginning with Level I at the Grade 8 age level and concluding with Level V in Grade 12.

To understand exactly where your child would fit if joining TFS after Grade 7, please contact our Admissions Department.

The Senior Curricula

From Level I through Level III, students continue to study within the Middle Years Program (MYP) of the IB, while also continuing to follow and meet the requirements of the curriculum of the Ministry of Education of Ontario.

Concluding the French national curriculum

The French national curriculum, which begins when students enter TFS, culminates in Level II. After more than 10 years of instruction in this highly-regarded and disciplined program, students now have the option of taking a series of exams, the same exams taken by students in France at this grade.

The exams are developed for native French speakers, not those for whom French is a second language. Despite this, almost all of our Level II students choose to write the exams, and their results are consistently outstanding. The five-year success rate is 100%. These students are awarded the Diplôme National du Brevet des Collèges.

Entering the Diploma Program

In Level IV and V, the last two years of high school at TFS, all students must undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Acknowledged worldwide for its excellence and rigour, the program takes the form of a liberal arts course of study, meaning students must engage in a wide breadth of subjects, and no subject area can be excluded.

The IB Diploma provides an exceptional foundation for entering into university, and, in fact, since the program exceeds the requirements of a secondary school diploma, students are often offered advanced placement in courses at university.

Being part of the IB Diploma program also means fulfilling the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) components. The CAS program requires students to be involved in creative pursuits, physical activities and community service over the two IB Diploma years. As well, students undertake a research paper called the Extended Essay and take the unique Theory of Knowledge course.

Concurrently, students also meet the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) program, and are awarded the OSSD as well as the IB Diploma when they graduate.

Distinctive to TFS, students have the opportunity to study for and achieve the IB’s bilingual Diploma, which has additional French-language requirements

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Academic Programs at a Glance

Unique to TFS is its history of blending highly-regarded curricula. Each, on its own, is comprehensive; however, by engaging our students in the following three curricula, we offer an exceptional educational experience:

  • Ministry of Education of Ontario
    (JK – Grade 12/Level V)
  • Ministry of Education of France
    (age 3 – Grade 9/Level II)
  • International Baccalaureate – a high-quality program of international education
    (PK – Grade 12/Level V)

We also offer a French-language program for two year olds, called Jardin d’éveil.

Learn More...

For a detailed description of all subjects taught at TFS for Grades 8 through 12 (Levels l – V), please refer to the Level I-III Course Calendar or the Level IV - V Course Calendar.

International Baccalaureate programs taught at TFS.


Level I-III Course Calendar

Level I-III Course Calendar

 

Level IV - V (IB Diploma Program) 

Level IV-V Course Calendar

 

Grades 2-5

Once students move into Grade 2, they transition from La p’tite école into the Junior School on the Toronto campus or move into a new wing of the Mississauga campus.

Students in these grades continue learning the curricula of the Ministry of Education of Ontario, the Ministry of Education of France and the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization.

The IB is a high-quality program of international education. Its PYP program is introduced to our students starting in Pre-Kindergarten and continues to the end of Grade 5. It follows an inquiry-based model of learning.

English language discovery

In Grade 2, students begin to receive extensive instruction in the English language. Our English program is based on the Ontario curriculum, but goes far beyond its scope. The purpose is to immerse students in the language in many ways and forms. Children create journals, storyboards, use mind mapping and other techniques to engage with the language, fostering acquisition, creativity and critical thinking skills.

Thanks to the language skills they already possess from learning French, students in each grade, from 2 through 5, are taught at one grade above, e.g., Grade 4 English is taught at the Grade 5 level. And the results are in: TFS students consistently perform in the 98th or 99th percentile for English on the Canadian Test of Basic Skills.

Bringing academics into a wider realm

As students mature, aspects of the curriculum lend themselves to a wider approach to learning. For instance, introducing studies on children’s rights provides opportunities to develop leadership skills; students address the issue with their younger or older peers at a school assembly using a multi-media presentation they produce themselves.

Similarly, students embark on more specific field trips, and beginning in Grade 3, on overnight trips. This link to the real world is a key aspect of the PYP and cements knowledge and understanding of subject matter in a way that cannot be achieved by classroom learning alone.

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Academic Programs at a Glance

Unique to TFS is its history of blending highly-regarded curricula. Each, on its own, is comprehensive; however, by engaging our students in the following three curricula, we offer an exceptional educational experience:

  • Ministry of Education of Ontario
    (JK – Grade 12/Level V)
  • Ministry of Education of France
    (age 3 – Grade 9/Level II)
  • International Baccalaureate – a high-quality program of international education
    (PK – Grade 12/Level V)

We also offer a French-language program for two year olds, called Jardin d’éveil.

Learn More...

For a detailed description of all subjects taught at TFS from Pre-Kindergarten (age3) through Grade 5, please refer to the Curriculum Guide.



Children entering TFS up to and including Grade 7 require no prior knowledge of French. Learn more about TFS' Introduction to French program.

The French National Curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten (Petite Section) to Grade 5.

International Baccalaureate programs taught at TFS.

Grades 6 & 7

Entering Grade 6 and 7 is an important development in the life of students at TFS. On the Toronto campus, students make the transition from the Junior School to the Senior School, while on the Mississauga campus, students in these grades become the senior members of the student population.

It also marks three significant changes in the students’ academic lives.

Subject by subject

In Grade 6, students make the important change from being taught in a dedicated classroom generally by one assigned teacher, to rotating among classrooms, as they are now taught by subject-specialist teachers. They also, for the first time, have the opportunity to select an optional language course.

Students in these grades are becoming independent learners, while also undergoing dramatic physical, emotional, social and psychological changes. In support of this, starting in Grade 6, students receive formal guidance instruction. The guidance curriculum addresses their developmental needs, with topics that include peer relations, health and well-being, along with time management, organization and study skills.

The Middle Years Program begins

In Grade 6, students continue with the curricula of the Ministry of Education of Ontario and the Ministry of Education of France. It is also at this point when the Primary Years Program of the IB ends and the Middle Years Program (MYP) begins.

The IB is a high-quality program of international education. Like the PYP (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5), the MYP is inquiry-based, allowing students to connect the acquisition of knowledge, skills and insight to their own lives and the reality of the world around them

Unlike the PYP, which draws various subjects into theme-based units of study, MYP subjects are studied on their own. However, exploring connections between various subjects is an important part of the MYP program.

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Academic Programs at a Glance

Unique to TFS is its history of blending highly-regarded curricula. Each, on its own, is comprehensive; however, by engaging our students in the following three curricula, we offer an exceptional educational experience:

  • Ministry of Education of Ontario
    (JK – Grade 12/Level V)
  • Ministry of Education of France
    (age 3 – Grade 9/Level II)
  • International Baccalaureate – a high-quality program of international education
    (PK – Grade 12/Level V)

We also offer a French-language program for two year olds, called Jardin d’éveil.

Learn More...

For a detailed description of all subjects taught at TFS for Grades 6 and 7, please refer to the Curriculum Guide.

Grade 6 & 7 Curriculum Guide


Children entering TFS up to and including Grade 7 require no prior knowledge of French. Learn more about TFS' Introduction to French program.

International Baccalaureate programs taught at TFS.

Early Years

A world of delight and discovery awaits the youngest children at TFS. 

The Jardin d'éveil, our French-language program for two year olds, was started in the 2010-2011 school year and has been a resounding success.

Situated in a former residential home on the property of our Toronto campus, the Jardin d'éveil was designed to stimulate learning through a range of play activities. Social, emotional, physical, linguistic and cognitive development is intrinsic to the program.

In the Jardin orange room, children are encouraged to participate in sensory activities at the sand, water and music tables, prompting discovery through play. They can also spend time observing creatures in recreated natural habitats, such as fish and snails.

The Jardin bleu room allows children to explore learning centres such as dress-up and drama, play house, construction and building blocks. This helps with their social development and ability to cooperate, as they learn to live and play together.

Independent exploration and learning to problem-solve occur in the Jardin jaune room. Stocked with logic-building toys and puzzles, it allows children to experiment to find solutions and encourages the development of critical-thinking skills.

To build healthy bodies and develop gross motor skills, just outside the walls of the Jardin d'éveil  sit play structures, such as a jungle gym, play school bus, riding toys, a sandbox and more. Allowing for physical activity no matter the time of year is the Jardin vert room, a large space in the former residence converted into an indoor playground, ensuring active play time can be scheduled each and every school day.

If you want your child to continue at TFS in the academic program, starting in Pre-Kindergarten at age 3, please contact the Admissions Department for assessment requirements and more.

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Jardin d'éveil

Learn more about our French-language Program for two-year olds, including a sample of daily activities.

Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 1

From Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 1, TFS teaches a unique blend of curricula: that of the Ministry of Education of Ontario, the Ministry of Education of France and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization.

Immersed in French

From the moment children join TFS, through Grade 1, they are instructed only in French. Children quickly embrace the language and are gently encouraged to increase their use of French during classroom activities.

Instruction in the English language begins in Grade 2 at TFS. People often wonder if this approach hinders the acquisition of English. The answer is no! The language skills students acquire learning French gives them an advanced linguistic foundation for learning, exploring and appreciating English. In fact, TFS teaches English one grade level ahead of the public system, e.g., Grade 4 students are taught at the Grade 5 level.

The Primary Years Program Begins

Underpinning the French and Ontario curricula is the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the IB. The IB is a high-quality international education program.

Undertaken from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5, the PYP is a framework; it is not what is taught, but how it is taught. It takes an inquiry-based approach to learning, through which the curricula are delivered. This means that learning is not a passive exercise removed from the everyday world; rather it is a highly active and interactive exploration that engages students in the world in which they live.

Students in these grades learn about science, history, geography, reading and writing, the arts and more through transdisciplinary units of study. They also grow and develop their gross and fine motor skills, learn to get along together, and start to understand the world around them in all its fascinating aspects. And they do so at La p’tite école on our Toronto campus and at our Mississauga campus, where they are supported and taught by nurturing staff, within inspiring educational environments.

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Academic Programs at a Glance

Unique to TFS is its history of blending highly-regarded curricula. Each, on its own, is comprehensive; however, by engaging our students in the following three curricula, we offer an exceptional educational experience:

  • Ministry of Education of Ontario
    (JK – Grade 12/Level V)
  • Ministry of Education of France
    (age 3 – Grade 9/Level II)
  • International Baccalaureate – a high-quality program of international education
    (PK – Grade 12/Level V)

We also offer a French-language program for two year olds, called Jardin d’éveil.

Learn More...

For a detailed description of all subjects taught at TFS from Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) through Grade 5, please refer to the Curriculum Guide.



The French National Curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten (Petite Section) to Grade 5.

International Baccalaureate programs taught at TFS.

 

Educational Approach

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.

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Why Co-education Matters

"The idea that boys and girls learn differently is misleading."  ...learn more

Get the Facts about Co-education

Research on the Benefits of the Co-educational Environment  ...learn more

The Benefits of the Bilingual Brain

"Learning a second language should be considered a gift to society"  ...learn more

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.

On our beautiful campus in Toronto, we have three branches:

La p’tite école for children from age 2 to Grade 1
The Junior School from Grades 2 to 5
The Senior School for our Grade 6 to Grade 12 (Level V) students

Our Mississauga campus is also often called TFS’ fourth branch. A very special place, it is sunny and intimate, and offers programs for students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 7. Almost all of our Mississauga students continue at the Senior School once they have completed Grade 7. As well, bus transportation will be available for Oakville-based students to the Mississauga campus starting September 2014.

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.

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Our School Branches

Each branch has its own Communiqué website to enhance teaching and learning and ensure that parents are better connected to the classroom.

La p’tite école (age 2 – Grade 1)
Junior School (Grades 2 – 5)
Mississauga campus (PK – Grade 7)
Senior School (Grades 6 – 12)

Explore our Campuses & Branches!

Toronto Tour
Mississauga Tour

Our Staff

Our teachers mean the world to us.  They have come from countries all over the globe, and bring with them their native cultures, languages and histories, as well as personal talents, passions and experiences.

Launch our poster gallery to read more about the incredible journeys our teachers have made on their way to TFS.

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Seeking Employment?

If you are looking for our current job opportunities, please visit Working at TFS

What We Look for in Our Teachers

  • Academic qualifications and teaching credentials
  • Strong French or English language skills, with bilingual skills preferred
  • Ability to share knowledge with enthusiasm, generate a love of learning and encourage students’ personal growth
  • Familiarity with trends in education and technology
  • Leadership and curriculum development skills
  • Recognition of, and respect for, diversity and individual differences

Teachers at TFS are dedicated to the individual child. They respect and nurture the unique skills each student brings to his/her TFS education. Every year, our graduates enroll in exciting, challenging university programs – a testament to our TFS culture which encourages each student to fulfill his/her potential.

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Our History

TFS is not your typical school.

Very few schools can claim that they started in a basement, and then expanded into classrooms located in churches, synagogues and skating-rink change rooms.

Our origins in 1962 were in the basement of the home of Harry and Anna Giles, founders of Toronto French School. They were impassioned by the emerging sense of Canada as a country of two languages and many cultures. Frustrated by the lack of educational options for their own children, they started a bilingual school in their home with six students and a francophone teacher from Beirut.

Their radical experiment was wildly successful, and soon the Giles and their supporters were scrambling for class space around the Greater Toronto area. Each location was called a branch, and at their peak, they stretched from Mississauga in the west, to Don Mills in the east.

In those early days, Harry Giles recruited teachers directly from France, as well as from other francophone nations such as Algeria and Lebanon, and from England and Germany. Some French nationals even became teachers at TFS to fullfill their national service!

The school continued to grow. In 1971, a new building was constructed at 101 Mildenhall Avenue, in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood of Toronto; it was TFS' first high school. In 1981, the school purchased 318 Lawrence Avenue East, just a short walk from Mildenhall. The oldest and grandest of the three mansions on the former Sir Clifford Sifton estate, it was designated the new high school, while 101 Mildenhall became home to younger students.

One year later, TFS acquired the remaining two mansions, giving the school almost all the property from Mildenhall to Bayview along Lawrence Avenue. Today, the Toronto campus is home to La p'tite école (age 2 to Grade 1), the Junior School (Grade 2 to 5) and the Senior School (Grade 6 to Grade 12/Level V), and is situated across eight acres. Behind the building is a true natural treasure: our own 26-acre portion of the Don Valley ravine.

Our Mississauga campus, part of the TFS family since 1966, is a very special place. Sunny and intimate, it offers programs for students from PK (age 3) to Grade 7, with most students opting to continue at the Senior School once they have completed Grade 7. Close-knit, those who attend our Mississauga campus often call themselves TFS' Mississauga family.

TFS has come a long way: from a basement to two beautiful campuses, and from six students in 1962 to almost 1,300 students almost 50 years later.

What hasn't changed is TFS' promise to you: we are co-educational, bilingual and non-denominational.

We are Canada's international school.

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View our interactive timeline.  

Travel back to 1962 and follow TFS' Incredible Journey over our first 50 years.

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Grads and Alumni

In 1975, TFS held its first graduation ceremony, for just 13 students. Since then, over 2,200 students have graduated from TFS and gone on to make their mark in the world. They have entered a staggering array of careers and have visited, studied or lived in countries all over the globe. We like to hear about their continued journeys and keep them connected to each other and the school. 

Our alumni are part of TFS and are actively involved in the life of the school. Each new graduate becomes a member of the TFS Alumni Association (TFSAA). The alumni voice continues to be heard as the President of the Alumni Association Executive sits as an ex-officio member on the TFS Board of Directors.

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TFS Grads - A Step Above

Read six short profiles of our alumni and how they've stayed connected with TFS.

TFS Alumni Network brochure

A selection of Entre Nous articles about TFS Alumni:

Citizens of the World
Citizens of the World

A Remarkable Alumni Family
A Remarkable Alumni Family

Entre Amis is a twice-yearly newsletter exclusively for TFS alumni and friends.  If you would like to receive a copy of Entre Amis, please contact the Advancement and Alumni Relations Department.

Board & Leadership Team

TFS Board of Directors

TFS is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that oversees the strategic direction and financial affairs of the school. It is also responsible for appointing the Head of School, who supervises the day-to-day operations of the school.

The Board is made up of present parents, past parents and alumni.

Comprised of 12 elected members and three ex-officio members (the President of the Parents' Association, the President of the Alumni Association and the Chair of the TFS Foundation), the Board of Directors is supported by three standing and adhoc committees.

Mitch Frazer
Chair of the Board
Other Members
Sonia Baxendale
Andre Bourbonnais
Colin Chapin
Fraser Elliott
Sherry Evershed
Mary Hountalas
Golnar Khosrowshahi
David Marshall
Nathalie Mercure
Frank Perricone
Roger Poirier
Jamieson Saab '04
Andrea Wojnicki
Rayan Zachariassen

If you have any questions about the TFS Board, its committees or the processes that govern them, please contact:

Julia Miguel
Executive Assistant to Head
Secretary Board of Directors
Phone: (416) 484-6533 ext. 4201
jmiguel@tfs.ca

Leadership Team

The Head of School is supported and advised by a leadership team called the Head’s Council. Made up of the Principals of TFS’ four branches, along with the most senior member of each department, the Head’s Council forms the basis for communication between all departments and the Head, and ensures alignment on the strategic and operational direction of the school.

Head of School (Acting)

Mirna Hafez

Mme Hafez has been with TFS for 17 years, 13 of them as a principal. In June 2014, Mme Hafez assumed the role of Head of School (Acting) for the 2014-2015 school year, as TFS conducts a search for a new, permanent Head of School.

A dedicated and passionate educator and leader, Mme Hafez began her teaching journey in her home country of Lebanon, after she obtained her Licence en gestion des entreprises from the Université St. Joseph, in affiliation with the Université de Lyon, France.  She relocated to Paris, France, where she continued her studies.  Upon moving to Canada, she received her Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from the University of Ottawa.  Mme Hafez also obtained her International Principal’s Qualification.

Mme Hafez has led academic and administrative teams for TFS students ranging from age two to Grade 7. In 2010, she conceived of and implemented TFS’ exceptionally successful French-language program for two-year-olds, called Jardin d’éveil, located on the Toronto campus.

 

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Mission & Accreditations

TFS’ Mission Statement identifies our reason for existing and affirms what our parents and students should expect from us; it conveys our vision of what we want to be.

Mission

TFS – Canada's International School is a bilingual, co-educational and non-denominational independent school for students from age 2 to university entrance. We ensure high educational standards and a Canadian and international perspective. In our caring and supportive learning environment, we enable and encourage students of diverse backgrounds to discover and develop their intellectual, physical and creative potential. We demonstrate our commitment to the development of the whole child through stimulating academic and co-curricular programs.

We prepare our students for the future.

Accreditations

As a top academic school, TFS is accredited or authorized by a number of governmental and educational bodies.They are:

  • The Ontario Ministry of Education
  • The French Ministry of Education (to Grade 10)
  • International Baccalaureate Organization

TFS is a member of each of the following organizations:

  • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS)
  • Council of International Schools
  • Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger (aefe)

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Admissions

Thank you for exploring TFS - Canada's International School!

TFS is a bilingual, co-educational school that educates students from age 2 to university entrance. Founded in 1962, we provide an international perspective and prepare our students to become engaged citizens in this increasingly interconnected world.

Renowned for our strength in academics, TFS also offers a wealth of co-curricular activities, sports and arts.

Over 90% of our students do not speak French when they first arrive at our school. From JK through Grade 7, students entering TFS with little or no prior knowledge of French are placed in our Introductory French program. This special program offers intensive French language development during the student’s first year, after which students are integrated into the regular bilingual academic stream.

To get an inside view of life at TFS, please go to our Student Profiles section to watch videos of our students and listen to them talk first-hand about their backgrounds, interests and aspirations.

For more information or to book a tour of our school, please contact the Admissions Department at admissions@tfs.ca or 416-484-6533, ext. 4247. We would be delighted to meet you and your child and introduce you to our school campuses in Toronto or Mississauga.

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Student Life

What is it like to be a student at TFS?

We would say students at TFS are energetic and engaged, nurtured and supported, always involved and never bored.

Surrounded by our international community of staff and fellow students, our students are given comprehensive opportunities to pursue their interests and passions, develop skills and meet new friends.

Co-curriculars and clubs are wildly popular. During the younger grades these can include Mandarin lessons, musical theatre in French, robotics and road hockey, to name a few. At the Senior School, the 45-plus student-led clubs include Debating, in French and English, and Model UN, Outreach and the Globe environmental clubs, the Math Team and Programming clubs, video journalism and the student paper.

Athletics, leadership development, the arts, field trips and excursions are equally intrinsic to student life. After all, we can’t educate the internationally-minded citizens of tomorrow by limiting their experience only to a classroom setting.

Physical and Health Education are part of the curriculum up to Grade 9 and offered until Grade 12. Both skating and swimming instruction are part of the early years’ curriculum, with swimming continuing until Grade 9. Complementing the curriculum is a wide range of intramural and co-curricular activities.

The TFS Cougars encompass more than 50 competitive sports teams across both campuses and include individual and team sports. TFS teams play against teams from other independent schools.

Leadership begins in Grade 1 and expands with each advancing grade. Programs include leadership committees in Grade 5 and many opportunities for more senior students to become peer role models, mentors, club leaders, House Heads, members of student government and more. Students can also engage in community service at home and abroad through class activities, clubs and optional trips.

The arts abound everywhere at TFS. In addition to studying visual arts, music and drama, the arts are integrated into almost every class or subject. They also play a major role in co-curricular activities and clubs. Seasonal concerts, plays, musicals, other performances and the annual art show are not to be missed.

Trips off-site start in Grade 2. These popular excursions become longer and stretch from the arctic to the United States, South America and Europe as students develop and grow.

Individual support for our students is important at TFS. Our Learning Forum, Guidance Department, psychoeducational consultants, resource teachers and others are on hand to provide support. Working closely with teachers and administrators, they ensure students are happy, healthy and well-informed. By the time students graduate from TFS, we want them to be outstanding young adults ready to take on the world.

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Academic Programs

In Canada, only TFS provides its students with a blend of three distinguished curricula - the best of France and Ontario and the full continuum of International Baccalaureate programs (PYP, MYP and DP), all in a coeducational French/English bilingual environment.  As a school with an international point of view, academics at TFS are about more than just gaining knowledge. We educate children to become thoughtful citizens, who will bring their intellectual curiosity and empathy into the wider world.

Students at TFS can attain four diplomas by the time they graduate, enriching their qualifications for future opportunities:

• The Ontario Secondary School Diploma
• The Diplôme National du Brevet des Collèges from France
• The International Baccalaureate Diploma
• The TFS Diploma

How it all works

Grade Program Outcome
PK - Grade 9 French National Curriculum Diploôme National du Brevet des Collèges
PK - Grade 5 IB Primary Years Program Completion of Primary Years Program
JK - Grade 12 Ontario Ministy of Education Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Grades 6 - 10 IB Middle Years Program Completion of Middle Years Program
Grades 8 - 12 TFS Diploma Program TFS Diploma or TFS Bilingual Diploma
Grades 11 & 12 IB Diploma Program IB Diploma or IB Bilingual Diploma

 

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TFS Facts

• On average, 96% of graduates are named Ontario Scholars (80% average or above)
• Nearly 100% receive an IB Diploma, while the IB average is 78%
• Approximately 70% of graduates achieve an average of 90% or above
• French National exams taken by TFS students in Grade 9, and marked by external examiners from France, have resulted in a five-year pass rate of 100%

New IB Programs at TFS

How are we implementing the new programs? Read our article to find out:
Inside the PYP & MYP at TFS: Challenging Students Through Inquiry (PDF)

IB logo   Visit the IB website for detailed curriculum notes and further background on the programs.

About TFS

Welcome and bienvenue.

TFS – Canada’s International School is a bilingual, coeducational and non-denominational independent school for students from age 2 to university entrance.

From our earliest beginnings, we have provided our students with an outstanding educational experience - one that is unmatched in its rigorous and rich international and bilingual curriculum.

No prior knowledge of French is required at TFS for students applying up to and including Grade 7. Our highly successful Introductory French Program gives students heightened instruction in the French language, while following the same curricula as their peers.

TFS was the pioneer of French immersion education in Canada and today we remain at the forefront of what it means to be bilingual. To us, language is a gift for life. By mastering both French and English, our students learn to see the world from within different cultures and points of view.

Bilingualism also improves cognitive development and strength. It’s a proven fact, as studies by neuroscientists have consistently shown.

When students graduate from TFS, they benefit immediately from their bilingual advantage; many of the most sought-after university programs are looking for applicants whose experience goes beyond the norm. We are often told that our students’ fluency in a second language was a key factor in their applications’ success.

They learn this in an environment that is caring and supportive, and that enables students of diverse backgrounds to discover and develop their intellectual, physical and creative potential. We believe in education that inspires the whole child.

You will not find another school in Canada like TFS.

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If you are a journalist and need more information on TFS or want to arrange for an interview with a spokesperson, please contact:

Sharon Bishop
Interim Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
416-484-6980, ext. 4328.

Anita Griffiths
Manager, Marketing and Communications
416-484-6980, ext. 4283.

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