Academic Ambition

Senior School-Lycée (Level III-V)

Welcome to the Senior School!

It is my pleasure to tell you a little bit about our Senior School. The Lycée and Collège years at TFS can be the most rigorous, but also most rewarding. It’s the culmination of many years spent together as a cohort (often since Pre-Kindergarten!), and the exciting time of our students readying themselves to go to university and pursue the program of their choice.

It takes a lot of work to get there  the IB Diploma years are definitely busy! But these years are also full of moments of friendship, self-awareness, and pursuing passions in academics and beyond. Their pursuit of top-tier competitive sports, enlightening arts offerings, meaningful service and cultural exchanges at home and abroad, are just the tip of the iceberg.

Coming from a francophone community in Saskatchewan, and having lived many years overseas at some exceptional schools, has made me a believer in international education, in language-based schools and in the immense opportunity that comes from pursuing the IB, along with the curricula of Ontario and France.

I am so proud of the teachers we have at the Senior School. They hail from Toronto, Quebec, and many parts of the world, including Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Many have extensive international teaching experience, and they are all committed to putting students first. I am amazed at the amount of personal time the teachers spend with our students – ensuring they are supported, challenged and known as individuals.

Our team of educators are as much teachers as they are mentors. They facilitate many opportunities for our students to develop leadership, team-building and what we like to call citizenship skills.

Whether you came to TFS as a “lifer,” or you join the Senior School because you have a French background, you will find a good friend, a group of friends, for life. And these connections with peers and teachers will serve you well, at TFS, in university and far beyond.

Norman Gaudet
Principal, Senior School

Academic Ambition in the Upper Years

Students in Level III to Level V (Grade 10 to 12), their final three years at TFS, make up our Lycée.

Students study within the Middle Years Program (MYP) of the IB until the end of Level III (Grade 10), while also continuing to follow and meet the requirements of the curriculum of the Ministry of Education of Ontario.

Their studies in the curriculum of France are completed at the end of Level II (Grade 9); however, during the Lycée years, many students complete coursework in French in order to complete the bilingual IB Diploma.

In Level III (Grade 10), our students pursue the Personal Project as the culminating work of the Middle Years Program (MYP). The project sees students pursuing a topic of their choice, which must have international relevance, and, under the guidance of a Senior School supervisor, they develop a way to express their findings  through an investigative study, work of art, video, computer program or other media. The Personal Project demonstrates our students’ strengths in self-management, research, communication, creative and critical thinking, and collaboration.

In Level IV and V (Grades 11 and 12), 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.

TFS’ Senior School includes both the Collège (Grade 6 and 7, Level I and II) and the Lycée (Level III to V). To understand exactly where your child would fit if joining TFS after Grade 7, please contact our Admissions Department.