No matter the age of the student, TFS strives to ensure that each child has an enriching and rewarding educational experience.
In partnership with our teaching staff, TFS’ psychoeducational consultant works with the younger grades on both campuses, observing classes to support students. A strong emphasis is placed on academic, behavioural, social and emotional growth.
If teachers identify a specific learning or emotional/social need, the School-Based Support Team (SBST) is assembled. Made up of a Principal, Vice-Principal, the psychoeducational consultant or school psychologist, a resource teacher and the class teacher, the goal is to develop and implement a learning strategy that will allow each child to flourish. Parents are involved throughout the process.
Students in these grades experience rapid development, and TFS supports their changing social and emotional needs, as well as their academic ones. It’s also the time when our students transition into independent learners, as they enter our Senior School.
Formal guidance classes start in Grade 6 with a curriculum that includes peer relations, health and well-being, and developing skills such as time management, and organizational and study strategies, among other topics. Outside of class, our counsellors are on hand to meet small groups or on an individual basis, to address student needs. There are five guidance counsellors dedicated to the Senior School student population.
Becoming a senior student can be overwhelming, as well as exciting. Interests bloom and ideas about possible careers begin to take shape. Guidance classes now focus on topics specific to future academic and career directions.
Individual counselling becomes increasingly important, allowing students and their families to become more knowledgeable about course selections, summer and experiential learning opportunities, scholarships, university programs and, finally, making the all-important decision about where to go to university.
Recognizing the connection between personal well-being and academic success, TFS hosts two third-year nursing students, who are completing their community health practicum, each fall and winter term. The nursing students’ main focus is health promotion, focusing on subjects such as nutrition, substance abuse and stress. They interact with the Senior School students inside class and out, through presentations, informal discussions and bulletin boards.
Senior School Guidance Services
Centrally located in the Senior School, the Guidance Department, which includes the Director of University Relations, is well-loved and much-used by our students. The counselling services provided include:
- Health and wellness
In addition to our counsellors, the Guidance Department is home to a host of other resources. The library contains an extensive collection of academic calendars, viewbooks and general information about universities at home and abroad.
Dedicated computers are loaded with software such as Career Cruising, School Finder and Scholarship Finder (for Canadian universities), and SAT practice tests. Scholarship and financial aid information and applications are also available.
The department oversees all standardized test preparation at the School. The PSAT is undertaken by all Grade 10 and 11 students (Level III and IV), and support and resources are available for those taking the TOEFL, SAT and ACT tests, including test registration information, booklets, preparation courses, mock exams and workshops.
Our Guidance Departments hosts numerous special events and programs around careers and university selection.
These include: visits from over 70 university liaison and admission officers each year; university evenings focusing on the application process, admissions criteria, and academic programs for Canadian, American and international universities; campus visits; career lunches with our alumni, and an online mentorship program connecting our alumni with students in Grades 11 and 12 (Levels IV and V).
Many forms of support are available to our learners, such as peer mentoring, the Learning Centre and the Testing Centre.
The Learning Centre provides support to students with identified and non-identified learning needs, and assists them in developing effective learning strategies. It is staffed with Learning Strategies teachers and is supported by the school’s psychoeducational consultant.
The Test Centre is a supervised location offering specialized accommodations – such as extended time, use of a computer and Spell Check for tests – to students with formally identified learning needs.
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.
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.