Entering Grade 6 and 7 is an important development in the life of students at TFS. Students make the transition from the Junior School to the Senior School. It also marks three significant changes in our students’ academic lives.
In Grade 6, students transition 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 third language course and may even study an ancient language.
Students in these grades learn to become independent, while also undergoing dramatic physical, emotional, social and psychological changes. To help them adapt to these changes and meet their developmental needs, they are supported and guided by their instructors, their lead teachers and the Learning Forum professionals. The topics they address include peer relations, health and well-being, along with time management, school work organization and study skills.
In Grade 6, students continue with the curriculum of France and, when they reach Grade 8 (Level I), they start to work towards Ontario secondary school credits. It is also in Grade 6 that the Middle Years Program (MYP) of the IB begins. The MYP promotes the inquiry process and encourages students to connect their acquisition of knowledge, skills and concepts to their own lives and to the reality of the world around them.
In Grade 9 (Level II), students complete their formal studies in the current curriculum of France. They benefit from the French program, which allows them not only to master French, but also to learn about French culture and traditions, and gain a more international perspective. TFS students earn the Diplôme du brevet des collèges, which validates their mastery of the basic skills and knowledge they need to continue their studies at the Lycée level. They earn this diploma by passing an examination that includes written tests in math, French, history-geography and science, together with an oral exercise that might focus on a topic such as art or citizenship. These tests are graded by independent, external markers.