Toronto's only fully immersive English Mandarin School

Established in 2012, The Dalton School is an enriched, dual-language, co-ed elementary school in Toronto for children in JK-Grade 8, where all core academic subjects are taught in both English and Mandarin by native speaking teachers.

History Of Our Name

The Dalton School was founded by Kim Dalglish Abell, a graduate of Association Montessori Internationale and of Columbia University’s Teachers College with a Masters Degree.

A strong proponent of enriched learning within a loving environment, Kim decided to open a school for global thinking families.  As part of her mandate, the school would provide a fully immersive dual-language education. It would offer all subjects in both English and Mandarin, two of the most spoken languages in the world, and arguably the most important languages of the future.

The environment would be warm, kind and filled with the laughter of happy children.

The Dalton School is named after Kathleen Dalton, Kim’s grandmother. Kathleen Dalton was born in Canada in 1905. Although gentle in sprit, Kathleen was a hardworking and determined young Canadian athlete. Coached by her father, she was a competitive swimmer who, at one time, was ranked second in Canada in her age group. Kathleen was also a skilled soccer player and expert ski racer.

The spirit of Kathleen Dalton lives eponymously at The Dalton School, where we are committed to excellence in all we do – from our unique form of English/Mandarin immersive education to how we incorporate best practices from around the world into our enriched curriculum.




Kathleen Dalton