Academic Ambition

Senior School-Lycée (Level III-V)

Welcome to the Senior School!

On behalf of the entire teaching team, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our Senior School. With an enrolment of just over 600 students ranging from Grade 6 to Grade 12 (Level V), the Senior School is the final stage of our students' educational journey at TFS.

Indeed, the seven years they spend in our branch are fundamental to the construction of their personal identity. It is here that, thanks to a vibrant school social life including a variety of club and society activities, students discover more about themselves as they further develop their artistic, athletic, scientific or cultural passions. They also forge relationships of camaraderie and friendship that will provide them with support and will serve them throughout their lives.

At TFS, we teach the French national and Ontario curriculum through the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework, and this combination has culminated in a demanding and exciting program – one that enables students to gain a solid intellectual grounding based on in-depth knowledge, the capacity to think independently and the ability to analyze and debate. This foundation, together with the many community service opportunities we provide for them, allows students to prepare for their roles as citizens.

Civic-mindedness lies at the heart of our students' educational journey and is firmly focused on the world and humanity. On entering TFS, they begin their study of modern languages, engage in exchanges, both virtual and international, with other institutional members of the AEFE (the Agency for French Education Abroad) and the Mission laïque française, and participate in the programs offered by our assemblies and societies. Through these various activities, our school seeks to build a true interculturalism and awareness of universal human experiences, thereby mirroring the extraordinary diversity of our community.

Our teachers and the Senior School team hail from around the world and join forces to work alongside their students in order to implement this ambitious and exciting program. They are bona fide mentors who endeavour to inspire passion and the joy of learning in these young people.

Whether students begin their journey at TFS in Pre-Kindergarten or join us at a later stage, we will make every effort to ensure that the years they spend at the Senior School are indelibly etched in their memory.

Jean-Bastien Urfels
Principal, Senior School

ACADEMIC AMBITION IN THE LYCÉE

The final three years of secondary studies at TFS, from Grades 10 to 12 (Levels III to V), are dedicated to the Lycée curriculum.

At TFS, students complete their studies in the French curriculum at the end of Grade 9 (Level II); however, during the Lycée years, they continue taking courses in French in order to complete the requirements of the bilingual IB Diploma, and also to reinforce the skills and knowledge they gained throughout their previous years at TFS..

In Grade 10 (Level III), our students further deepen their knowledge and explore specialized disciplines, so that they can choose their paths within the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This year is therefore crucial in terms of guidance and preparation.

In the last two years of Senior School, all students must undertake the IBDiploma Program. Acknowledged worldwide for its excellence and rigour, this is a program that is firmly anchored in the liberal arts approach and includes courses in all subject areas.

The IB Diploma provides an exceptional foundation for entering university. Indeed, since the program exceeds the requirements of a secondary school diploma, TFS students often have the opportunity for 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  Diploma years. As well, students undertake a research paper called the Extended Essay and take the unique Theory of Knowledge course.

Concurrently, students 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 Advanced Bilingual Diploma, which has additional French-language requirements.