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International curriculum
Bilingual
Ages 2 to 14

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CurriculumInternational
Languages of instructionEnglish and French
Age RangeAges 2 to 14
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and French
Native English and French teachers
Extra languages (other than English and French)
Class sizes Average 12 students / class
Maximum 15 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: C$21,040
to: C$25,545
Address: 80 Scarsdale Rd. Toronto, Canada M3B2R7
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Number of students

We have 110 to 120 students

Number of nationalities represented in the school

English, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Iranian, Egyptian, Spanish, Indian, Lebanese, Russian, Polish, Vietnamese, German, Romanian, Polish

Most common nationality

English (third); Chinese (third); blend of international nationalities (third)

Ratio of local students to international students

3 International students to 1 English student

Max. number of students per class

10 in smaller sized classrooms; 15 in larger classrooms

Average number of students per class

12 students

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and French speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English and French

Recommend tutors for who we provide direct oversight to match program

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Mandarin, Spanish, Russian, Arabic

Use of technology in the classroom

Grades 3 through 5 students have iPads,; grade 6 to 8 Bring their own laptop devices

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes -We are ready for anything

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes - but more as a way for student to celebrate and share their learning. Parents are not expected to help or teach.

Approximate hours of homework given

Less than an hour for Grade 3 and younger; 90 minutes for older students

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

In some grades, yes

Entry evaluation for students

No

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Students in grade 1 to 8 meet with the Academic VP, who speaks with them in French, and asks students to read a French passage for students entering the French Immersion Stream of the program. Students in Grades 4 to 8 entering the program with a beginner French focus will also meet with the Academic VP, to find out more about how well they would fit into the existing classroom of students - socially and academically.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We have rolling admissions, but offer places to existing families first.

Students can join after academic year begins

It would depend if there are spaces available int he classroom.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations or assessments available

CTBS; SSAT's; YRT (Chinese Assessment); varios math contests

Results in these examinations

Canadian Test of Basic Skills (Students are int he top 1%) - and most students range 2 or more grades ahead of other students in other schools.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

No

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

No - but our classroom sizes does permit us to provide individualized instruction.

Learning support offered

Teachers will often provide additional support to students during their "prep" times.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Yes, we have a full range of programming to support student project initiatives and learning that would typically be found in high schools. For instance, we built a soundproofing room and recording studio in an enrichment course called: "The Science of Sound and Soundproofing".

Student access to education psychologist

No

School start time

8:30 (currently we have earlier and later starts for certain grades) to stagger our entry during COVID-19 pandemic.

School finish time

4:30pm - but we also have staggered dismissal currently due to COVID-19.

Supervised care before/after school

Normally yes, but we cannot mix students right now - so we are not currently offering this feature, but as soon as can offer it - we will provide it as a service for a small fee.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Music, band, French theatre, cartooning, visual arts club, dance, Terry Fox cross country run, soccer, basketball, track and field, gymnastics, jump rope for heart, reading club, chess, architecture club, Lego story making, international stamp and currency club, robotics

School provided lunches

Parents can order hot lunches from the menu of a delivery service - the lunch lady.ca

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Most families sent their own specialized lunches and snacks.

Sports activities included

We have PE classes three times a week in addition to three recesses of 15 minutes each per day.

Sports facilities at the school

Physical activity center with a climbing wall, and we rent a full sized gymnasium in a church across the street.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes We have soccer, basketball and track and field sports teams.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The Giles School is an independent, non-profit, non-denominational, co-educational French immersion school, founded in 1989 by Harry Giles, CM, QC a pioneer in bilingual French immersion in Canada and the founder of Toronto French School. The school draws its students from Toronto and the surrounding areas of Markham, Richmond Hill, Ajax, and as far as Port Credit, Ontario.

Teaching approach of the school

TGS prepares students, Pre-Kindergarten (age 2 & 3) to Grade 8, to be “world ready,” learning about culture through language and industry.
TGS' community is a deliberately small school that fosters an inclusive, innovative and international education.

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