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Language Schools: Expert perspective

School can be hard enough, without being immersed in a second language. However, language schools can offer a challenging learning environment and mastering a second language, such as FrenchGerman, or Mandarin, can open up job opportunities later in life. Read more


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  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Ave/Major Mackenzie Dr E
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $6,800 to $12,900

Royal Cachet Montessori School is a Montessori school that offers programs from nursery to grade three in Markham. Its average class size is five to 15 students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Royal Cachet Montessori School 6800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $19,700 to $21,900

An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Westside Montessori School 19700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bayview/Lawrence
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $20,360 to $35,320

TFS - Canada's International School offers Canada's only bilingual IB programs from PK to Grade 12. Average class size is 12 to 22 students. Entrance Scholarship to Grade 7 is available.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
TFS - Canada's International School 20360 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    St. Laurent Blvd./Montreal Rd.
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $11,500 to $18,500

Our mission is personalized student academic success in a friendly and caring school community, in which all students are emotionally supported and socially welcome.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Académie St-Laurent Academy 11500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Rue Sherbrooke/Ave Connaught
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $15,000

College Prep International, a traditional private school in Montreal, offers English instruction with partial French immersion, for grades five to twelve. Its average class size range from 12 to 18 Students. On line learning available under special circumstances.

  • Day
  • Traditional
College Prep International 12500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Kirkland, Quebec
    Boul Elkas/Rue Houde
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • $14,094 to $33,000

This academically re-known French & English bilingual serves students from Pre-Kg to High School. Class size averages 20 students; tuition ranges from $15,000 to $18,00 . Boarding is available.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie Marie-Claire 14094 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Highway 417/Greenbank
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $16,628 to $18,128

Acadecap International School ( Académie de la Capitale), an IB school, offers bilingual and/or English programmes from Pre-K to Grade 12. Students thrive in a culture of academic excellence and real-life learning.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie de la Capitale 16628 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/Silverwood Ave.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $16,550 to $26,800

Century Private School in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with small class ratio to ensure best learning for our students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Century Private School 16550 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Kennedy Avenue/Highway 401
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $8,750 to $15,300

Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today's rapidly changing world.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Ellington Montessori School 8750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Cawthra/Lakeshore
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • $11,310 to $28,170

TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 7. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) 11310 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bayview Ave/Broadway Ave
  • NS to 2 Coed
  • $5,900 to $20,000

Children's Garden Nursery School is located on Bayview Ave and has been providing the Leaside community and beyond with exceptional programming for young children since 1986. Now offering Grades 1 & 2.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Reggio Emilia
Children's Garden Nursery School 5900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Day Coed
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $26,500 to $69,000

Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is an IB World School offering the IB DP and course certificates.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Bishop's College School 26500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Blackfoot Trail S.E/Glenmore Trail
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $18,026

West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. It's class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program

  • Day
  • Traditional
West Island College 18026 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine/Avenue Claude Champagne
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • $4,950 to $15,400

École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie 4950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $12,900 to $31,500

North Star Academy Laval is the only private English high school in Laval. We offer small classroom sizes for individualized attention. We teach not only for school but for life! Certificate of eligibility not required.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
North Star Academy 12900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Denison/Warden
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,500 to $16,500

Our curriculum are designed to build essential skills and concepts that help with the cognitive, social, creative, emotional, and physical development of your child with the aim to be a successful learner for life!

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
Sunrise Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $9,500

Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK and Grades 1 to 8. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Guiding Light Academy 9500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Leslie Street/York Mills Road
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $13,300 to $23,400

The Giles School has small class sizes, leadership programs and intensive STEM programming that support both immersion and introductory language programming in each of the six official languages of the United Nations.

  • Day
  • Progressive
The Giles School 13300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Milton, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $12,000 to $12,895

Oxford Learning Academy – where your child will experience a homeschooling approach with the benefits of socialization in a small classroom environment. This Milton private school runs from K to grade 8.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Oxford Learning Academy (Private School) 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
    Rte 170/Rte 169
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • $3,580 to $28,570

SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 8 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé 3580 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Dundas Street East/Parliament St.
  • NS to K Coed
  • $13,000 to $20,000

Children absorb multiple languages, music & develop sports skills VERY easily. Momentum Montessori is a multilingual school exposing kids (1.5 - 6 yrs) to multiple languages, sports & music like no other program.

  • Day
Momentum Montessori 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $7,490 to $14,310

As western Canada's leader in French immersion education, Calgary French & International School students are active leaders and global citizens, graduating with a foundation for life long success.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Calgary French & International School 7490 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Stouffville, Ontario
    Ninth Line/Main Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $7,782 to $15,396

Toronto French Montessori offers French and English programs from pre-school to grade 8 in York Region. Its average class size is 15 students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Toronto French Montessori 7782 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
  • Westmount, Quebec
  • K to 11 Boys
  • $19,880 to $25,760

Selwyn House School provides a well-rounded education of exceptional depth and scope for boys from Kindergarten to Grade 11. It is located in Westmount, Quebec.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Selwyn House School 19880 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
  • Montreal (DDO), Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • $12,930

West Island College offers French and French Immersion programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. It is a leader in innovative teaching methods. Average class size 24 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
West Island College (Montreal) 12930 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $8,750 to $19,900

CMS' aim is to prepare all children to reach their full potential (academically, artistically, & physically) and to play a responsible role in protecting the global environment and fostering peace and harmony.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Central Montessori Schools - York Mills 8750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Iris St/Woodroffe Ave
  • JK to 8 Girls
  • $16,175

In our all-girls environment, academic achievement in both official languages is the norm. A Joan of Arc Academy bilingual education prepares the women leaders for the challenges of tomorrow. Come and see the difference.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc 16175 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Dufferin/Eglinton
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $17,700 to $20,200

Our identity and teaching philosophy are based on strong values: teaching excellence & innovation, multilingualism & freedom of expression, responsibility & intellectual curiosity, respect for others & togetherness.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Lycée Français de Toronto 17700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $29,780 to $77,850

Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Shawnigan Lake School 29780 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Garrison Blvd SW/33 Ave SW
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,300 to $16,000

Lycée Louis Pasteur is the only school in Calgary to teach the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. Three years old to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds welcome. Small class sizes.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Lycée Louis Pasteur 15300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Westmount, Quebec
    Mount Pleasant Avenue/Cedar Avenue
  • K to 11 Girls
  • $19,050 to $22,160

Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School is a Tier 1 school for girls in Kindergarten through Grade 11, located in Westmount, Quebec. For every girl who has a mind of her own, we have a school to nurture it.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School 19050 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec
    Boul Saint-Jean/Jolicoeur
  • K to 11 Coed
  • $7,780 to $15,000

Emmanuel Christian School offers an Elementary and High School bilingual program. Our caring Christ-centered environment enables students to thrive and excel academically and spiritually through a variety of programs.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Emmanuel Christian School 7780 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/Weldrick Road East
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $475 to $19,000

Inspected, accredited High School with campuses in Toronto and Chatham-Kent, offer high school credit courses in small classes and online, leading to High School Diploma. Our 5 acres Chatham Campus is a boarding school.

  • Boarding/eSchool/Day
  • Traditional
Toronto High School 475 HighSchools Boarding eSchool eSchool Day Coed
  • Brantford, Ontario
    Charlotte St/Chatham St
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $10,000 to $12,000

Located in Brantford, Ontario, Montessori House of Children (MHC) provides excellent programs for grades Nursery to 3 and helps young children reach their learning potential with both independent and self-directed learning. MHC also offers support for students with learning differences.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Montessori House of Children 10000 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Place Lycée Pl./Ruelle Hinks Lane
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $10,774 to $14,834

Accredited by French Ministry of Education and certified by AEFE, this school provides outstanding education and revolves around 3 major themes: Excellence, Educational innovation and Cultural / linguistic openness.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Lycée Claudel 10774 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Kirkland, Quebec
    Rue Edmond/Ch Ste-Marie
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • $5,121 to $15,603

Kuper Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eleven in Kirkland. Its average class size is 22 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Kuper Academy 5121 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Chrichton St/Electric St
  • 7 to 8 Coed
  • $17,100

Macdonald-Cartier Academy teaches Grade 7 & 8 students how to learn and offers a full French immersion program combining rigorous and accelerated academics with athletics and fun experiential learning.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Macdonald-Cartier Academy 17100 MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 11 Coed
  • $18,568 to $22,889

St. George's School of Montreal is a bilingual private school where students acquire a life-long love of learning as we challenge each student to excel and become confident problem solvers and engaged citizens.

  • Day
  • Progressive
St. George's School of Montreal 18568 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Brock Street South/Dundas Streer West
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,950 to $14,000

The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for his/her uniqueness and is taught accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Hatch House Montessori School 9950 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $8,750 to $17,950

CMS' aim is to prepare all children to reach their full potential (academically, artistically, & physically) and to play a responsible role in protecting the global environment and fostering peace and harmony.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus 8750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Glen Erin/Dundas
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $15,000 to $17,000

Kaban Montessori School in west Mississauga/Erin Mills is a CCMA accredited school for children aged 6 months to 12 years. Come for a tour, you'll love it!

  • Day
  • Montessori
Kaban Montessori School 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Adelaide St E
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $550 to $18,800

Keystone High School (Gr. 9-12) is located right in the heart of downtown Toronto. Our small class sizes and focus on project-based learning prepare our students for higher education and beyond.

  • Day/eSchool
  • Progressive
Keystone International Schools 550 HighSchools Day eSchool Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Don Mills Rd/York Mills Rd
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $11,369 to $12,875

Now offered online, the PK – Grade 6 program is a visible expression of the philosophy embodied in Ledson's books, Raising Brighter Children and Teach Your Child to Read in Just 10 Minutes a Day.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Sidney Ledson Institute 11369 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,050 to $17,700

German International School in Toronto offers programs from PK to grade 8. It provides a German curriculum enriched with Canadian content.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
German International School Toronto 9050 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed

“It’s like value-added education,” says Fred Genesee, a professor at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec who has studied secondary language education for more than 30 years. “Students acquire the same levels of academic competencies, as well as picking up a second language. I don’t see any real drawbacks to attending a language school.”

Learning a second language enhances English literacy

Both of Val Hougen’s children, Sarah in Grade 7 and Alex in Grade 3, attend Calgary French International School in Calgary, Alberta. Hougen enrolled Sarah at the French immersion school in Kindergarten. “Sometimes people have strong feelings about language schools. They’re worried that English skills will suffer,” Hougen says. “I haven’t found that. I don’t see their English skills weak or lacking.” Hougen was so impressed that four years later, she enrolled Alex at the school too. Genesee says his research supports Hougen’s observation. “There is no evidence that a student’s English skills suffer at a French immersion school,” he says. “A lot of the literacy skills they learn transfer to English.”

Jean-Marc Wilkie, a Grade 10 student at the Calgary school, has spoken French all of his life since his mom is a Francophone from Montreal. “For me, it’s really important to keep my French,” says Jean-Marc, who recently began taking the mandatory Spanish classes too. “Learning Spanish wasn’t hard at all because I’ve had English and French my whole life,” he says. “I think it definitely gives us something positive to build on later.”

English as a second language

French immersion isn’t the only language school option. Fulford Academy in Brockville, Ontario offers international students a gap year program to master their English skills before moving on to a North American boarding school or university. Students work on mastering English through English fundamentals and credit support classes. Fulford Academy also prepares its students for life in Canada with frequent evening and weekend excursions. “It’s not just an ESL curriculum; they focus on the cultural integration, too,” says Anna Galanta, admissions director at Appleby College, a boarding school in Oakville, Ontario. “The Fulford grads are well-prepared when they get here.”

Preparation for a Canadian boarding school

Haymund Fung arrived at Fulford from Hong Kong in 2008. He and his parents thought attending Fulford would better prepare him to attend a Canadian boarding school. At Fulford, Haymund had roommates from Germany, Korea and Russia. Fulford places students with kids of different backgrounds so they’re forced to speak English. “My favourite part about Fulford is the friendships I developed there,” says Haymund, who is now finishing up at Appleby College and has received early acceptance into commerce programs at Ryerson and York universities.

Galanta wishes more international students would take advantage of Fulford’s curriculum. “Culturally, there’s such an apprehension about sending kids to an ESL school. These are bright kids, so parents think ‘my kid’s perfect. He doesn’t need an ESL school,’” she says. “But, no matter how bright the child is, there’s still going to be a big culture shock when they get here. Fulford can help them adapt.”

—Annette Bourdeau
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