The world is changing. Prepare your child to be ahead of the curve.
Children are developing fundamental areas of their brain structure between the age of 11 to 13 years old. These years shape their attitudes, mindset and personality as they enter their teenage years. The TKS Foundations program has been carefully designed to allow students to develop across a number of key areas.
In Foundations, we focus on:
- Developing internal and external confidence.
- Predicting the future and thinking about how the world is evolving.
- Providing exposure to global issues, perspectives, and innovations.
- Building problem solving skills, presentation skills, communication skills, and independence.
- Building a sense of belonging to a strong community of students in TKS (from 11 - 17 years)
- Practicing gratitude, mindfulness and an increased level of thoughtfulness
Ideal students for Foundations are curious about learning, enjoy working with others and constantly crave mental stimulation. They enjoy learning about technologies and solving problems.
TKS Foundations Sessions are conducted over 3 hours on the weekend in Downtown Toronto.
Building knowledge for the 21st century.
At TKS, there is no typical session. Each week has a different theme that connects to a topic, skill, and mindset. Sessions are highly interactive, collaborative, and engaging. At TKS, students are given problems that don't have solutions. They are constantly pushed to think of new ways of doing things, rather than relying on the status quo.
At TKS, there is no typical session. Each week has a different theme that connects to a topic, skill, and mindset. Sessions are highly interactive, collaborative, and engaging. At TKS, students are given problems that don't have solutions. They are constantly pushed to think of new ways of doing things, rather than relying on the status quo.:
- Being able to find information has become much more important than memorizing information.
- Asking thoughtful questions has become much more valuable than being able to follow orders.
- Understanding others and developing emotional intelligence (EQ) has become a critical factor in success.
Having a growth mindset is more critical than ever for success. The skills needed to be successful in tomorrow's world are different than what students are being exposed to in today's classrooms. In TKS Foundations, students will develop their skills in the following areas:
Throughout the year, students will work with teams to practice solving complex problems. The focus here is on the process over the outcome and to build their grit, tenacity, and ability to work through challenging situations. Through repeated application of a problem solving framework, the goal is for students to become better at navigating challenges in all areas of life.
There are history classes in school, but not future classes. During the program, students will develop insight about the future, how it's evolving rapidly and what they can do to stay ahead. Students will have exposure to the world and how other countries and cultures operate at a global scale.
Mindset is a fundamental pillar of development at TKS, yet the amount of time we spend developing how we think is very small compared to what we learn.
The mind is everything. What you think is what you become."
In TKS foundations, we focus on developing a growth mindset that encourages learning from failures, independence and curiosity. We work with students to build mental models that they can consider when making difficult decisions.
Developing young people to leave their mark.
We created TKS Foundations to prepare students for the world. Regardless if they join the core TKS program, they will be equipped with real-world skills and knowledge. If students enter the core TKS program, they will be ready to accelerate their personal development faster than others.
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Important deadlines and key dates.
There are 2 Application Dates:
- Regular Applications: given priority as they will be reviewed earlier; students are accepted a rolling basis.
- Late Applications: if slots are full, students with late applications will not be accepted.
Steps in the Application Process:
Step 1: Submit an online application through our TKS Application Portal.
Step 2: Interview.
Pre-Program Session April 28Financial Aid Due April 30Acceptance Form Due Program Starts
Interested in signing up for an in-person information session with our Foundations Director, Nadim Nasser?
Click here to choose your preferred date and save your spot. An email will be sent to you closer to the date reminding you about the session.
All Information Sessions will be held at the TKS Headquarters:
200 Wellington Street W., Suite 900
Needs Based Scholarships are available.
Developing a world-class program that achieves the highest metrics of success requires a large amount of time, investment, and extremely talented people. The fees cover the cost of operating the program and ensuring students have the highest quality education. This will likely be one of the best investments you make into your child's future.
After a $1,000
Save $500 if payment is
made in full.
Includes $1,000 deposit.*
We believe that personal finances should not inhibit ambitious students from participating in TKS. Students who are accepted to TKS are eligible to receive financial assistance on a case-by-case basis. Parents can apply for Needs Based Scholarships when applying to the Foundations Program.
*All payment options require a one-time, non-refundable deposit of $1,000, paid upon acceptance to TKS.
Sibling discounts are also available upon request.
Everything you need to know.
Needs-based scholarships are based on family circumstances. We highly encourage you to apply. If you are accepted into the program, you can apply for a needs-based scholarship. Needs-based scholarships are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, which is why we encourage applying to TKS as early as possible. Applying for a needs-based scholarship is the final step in the application process.