The Giles School is an independent, non-profit, non-denominational, co-educational French immersion school.
The Giles School (formerly The Markham School for Human Development) was 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 began with just a handful of students in an Anglican church at Don Mills and Sheppard. The school moved to another site at Tempo Avenue (McNicoll and Victoria Park) after one year, then to 33 Overland (Lawrence and Don Mills) in 1991. In 1994, with increased enrollment, it opened the second branch at 230 The Donway West to house the older students.
In 2008 The Giles School relocated to its current site at 80 Scarsdale Road (York Mills and Leslie). This location not only provides a single building for all the school’s students but also offers plenty of room to expand as enrollment grows.
The school draws its students from Toronto and the surrounding areas of Markham, Richmond Hill, Ajax, and Port Credit.
“A child who is loved and knows he is loved, is a child who will work harder and who will achieve.” Harry Giles
Harry Giles is a pioneer in education and is regarded as one of the most influential educators in Canada. He established the prestigious pre-university competitions, Chemistry and Physics Olympiads, and started the first GCE Ordinary (“O”) & Advanced (“A”) examination centre in Canada. He assisted in the creation of the International Baccalaureate and established the first examination centre of the International Baccalaureate in Canada. Mr. Giles has participated actively in worldwide educational communities including representing Canada at the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th International Curriculum Conferences.
As founder and, for twenty-five years, headmaster of the Toronto French School, Mr. Giles introduced immersion bilingual education in Canada and helped promote it across the country. He also introduced and implemented the first early intervention programmes in Canadian schools. The results of the students at that time were unrivalled, indicating the staggering potential of early education. His work continued at The Giles School as he has sought to change the educational system in Canada.
Mr. Giles is a Queen’s Counsel. He holds both the Jubilee and Commemorative medals and received membership in the Order of Canada in 1973 for his initiative in creating and directing the first private school in Toronto offering instruction in the French language.
Mr. Giles has also served as president of a chemical company, an economist in Canada and the Middle East and director of various public and private corporations. His publications include “Schools and Students: Legal Aspects of Administration” as well as poetry, a play and numerous articles in journals.
Mr. Giles has a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario) as well as a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall (Toronto, Ontario).
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80 Scarsdale Road, York Mills, Toronto, Ontario M3B 2R7
t 416.446.0825 f 416.446.0846