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Bishop's College School

80 chemin Moulton Hill, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1M 1Z8

Traditional,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$18,200 to 55,800/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 15
Day: 60 (Gr. 7 - 12), Boarding: 200 (Gr. 7 - 12)

School Address
80 chemin Moulton Hill, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1M 1Z8



About this school:


Established in 1836 in Quebec, Bishop’s College School (BCS) is an IB World School offering the International Baccalaurate Diploma Programme and course certificates. Bordered by farmland and rolling hills on one side and the city of Sherbrooke on the other, BCS is a small, welcoming community with students from 37 different countries. A well-rounded education of academics, athletics, arts, leadership and development, and global citizenship prepares students to become tomorrow’s leaders. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Bishop's College School

our takeBishop's was founded in 1836, becoming co-ed in 1972 through an amalgamation with King's Hall Compton. That long history is apparent in the traditions that remain at the school, including Chapel every morning (now non-denominational) the social organization of the school into houses, and a thriving cadet corps. More prosaically, the names of the 128 alumni who gave their lives in the WWI, WWII, and the Korean War are read out each Remembrance Day during a school-wide assembly. Throughout its life, Bishop's remained a redoubt, grounded in a set of clear values and traditions, while the tides of North American history rose and fell all around it, something that continues today. We live in noisy world, and the ideal student is one who can benefit from a bit of conceptual and geographic distance from it. It's not about isolation, but about having the freedom and the opportunity to direct attention rather than being lead by distraction. The school has been a member of Round Square since 1986, something which provides a foundation for the diversity of the student population, one that includes students from a dozen countries despite an annual enrollment of just 220 students.

Principal's Message


Mr. Tyler Lewis, Head of School

We’re justifiably proud of our 178-year tradition of excellence in providing high school level education for day students and boarders. We’re equally proud of the bilingual, multicultural community of learning that we create each year, with more than 240 students coming to our campus from across Canada and from 34 countries. We work hard to ensure that the young people who attend BCS have all the opportunities and the support they need for a successful learning experience.

We focus on giving the teenagers who study with us a balanced life in a challenging academic environment with a wide range of facilities and coaches for team and individual sports.  As well, music and drama programmes allow our students to explore those aspects of their potential. We also encourage our students to be part of the wider community – volunteering, enjoying the outdoor beauty of the Eastern Townships where we are located, and traveling the world.

We’d welcome the chance to talk more about what a BCS education can do for your son or daughter, so call, send us an email, or visit our beautiful campus for a guided tour.

Tyler Lewis
Head of School


Curriculum Traditional, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

If you want to learn more about Quebec education, check out our comprehensive guide.

What Bishop's College School says: The very essence of BCS is the strength of our academic program. We teach students to think critically, creatively and independently. Here, students study in a vibrant multilingual, collaborative environment, benefiting from the latest in portable computers, campus-wide wireless access and other advanced educational technology available across the curriculum. As a BCS student, you can be sure to be provided with the tools essential for success in today's rapidly changing world. Enthusiastic, supportive teachers work closely with students in small classes to develop a love of learning and academic confidence that enables students to emerge from BCS prepared to tackle the challenges of any top university throughout the world, as well as the many different roles they will play as leaders in our global society.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based Special needs
    Academic French immersion Gifted

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Bishop's College School says: We offer a regular math program and an advanced course for students who excel in the subject. We follow the Quebec Ministry of Education from grades 7 to 11. This has a standard integrative math program. In grade 12, we adopt the Ontario curriculum with specific math course: Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors and Accounting. There is also AP Calculus offered.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Bishop's College School says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Bishop's College School says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Bishop's College School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Bishop's College School says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Bishop's College School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Bishop's College School says: This information is not currently available.

    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)

      Group 2 (Language B)

        Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

          Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

            Group 5 (Mathematics)

              Group 6 (The Arts)

              Sex and Health Education Quebec curriculum
              Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

              What Bishop's College School says: Many of these topics are covered earlier outside of class time and curriculum (within residences, advisors, and with the school counsellor).

              Mostly value-neutral

              By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

              Fairly value-based

              Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


              This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


              This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

              What Bishop's College School says: This information is not currently available.

              Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

              • Standard-enriched
              • Accelerated
              • Student-paced

              Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

              Flexible pacing:

              Flexible pacing style = offered
              Subject-streaming (tracking)
              Multi-age classrooms as standard
              Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
              Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
              Regular guided independent study opportunities
              Differentiated assessment

              What Bishop's College School says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

              Academic Culture Rigorous

              • Rigorous
              • Supportive

              A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

              What Bishop's College School says: This information is not currently available.

              Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

              Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
              Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

              Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
              Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

              What Bishop's College School says: BCS is dedicated to helping students become well-round global citizens. Through rigorous academics, daily athletics, social activities, leadership and team-building, students experience a truly international and balanced approach to learning and life.

              Special Needs Support Withdrawal Assistance

              Withdrawal Assistance

              Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.

              • Academic Support:
                Support Type = offered
                Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
                Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
              • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
                Support Type = offered
                Extra support
              • What Bishop's College School says: It is through our Enrichment Center that our students get extra support. A students level of need and support is assessed on an individual level. Please contact the school directly to see if we have the tools to accommodate your child's needs.

              • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
                Special needs
                ADHD (moderate to severe)
                Learning disabilities
                Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
                Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
                Language Processing Disorder
                Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
                Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
                Asperger's Syndrome
                Down syndrome
                Intellectual disability
                Williams syndrome
                Behavioral and Emotional
                Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
                Clinical Depression
                Clinical anxiety
                Suicidal thoughts
                Drug and alcohol abuse
                Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
                Multiple sclerosis
                Cerebral palsy
                Muscular dystrophy
                Spina Bifida
                Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
                Cystic Fibrosis
                Multiple physical
              • Forms of support delivery:
                Support Type = offered
                A regular class with indirect support
                A regular class with resource assistance
                A regular class with withdrawal assistance
                A special education class with partial integration
                A full-time special education class
              • Additional Support:
                Support Type = offered
                Social skills programs
                Occupational therapy
                Speech-language therapy

              Gifted Learner Support Dedicated gifted school

              Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

              In-class adaptations:
              Practice = offered
              Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
              Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
              Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
              Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
              Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
              Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
              Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
              Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
              Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

              What Bishop's College School says: This information is not currently available.

              Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

              Homework Policy

              In grade 12, Bishop's College School students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.

              Nightly Homework
              Bishop's College School 90 mins90 mins90 mins120 mins120 mins160 mins
              Site Average53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

              Report Card Policy

              How assessments are delivered across the grades:

              Lettered or numbered grades7 to 12
              Parent-teacher meetings7 to 12

              Class Sizes Not available

              This information is not currently available.


              What Bishop's College School says:

              This information is not currently available.

              • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
                Cross-country skiing
                Downhill skiing
                Ice Hockey
                Track & Field
              • Clubs Offered
                Chess Club
                Community Service
                Debate Club
                Drama Club
                Environmental Club
                Jazz Ensemble
                Outdoor Club
                Outdoor Education
                Poetry/Literature club
                Robotics club
                Round Square
                School newspaper
                Student Council

              Tuition & Financial Aid


              Day (Domestic) Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
              Day (Domestic)$18,200$21,000$22,900
              Boarding (Domestic)$48,300$49,700$51,500
              Boarding (International)$54,000$55,800


              Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
              Full payment all students$600
              2nd child (sibling)all students10%
              3rd child (sibling)all students15%
              4th child (sibling)all students15%

              Need-based financial aid

              Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 12
              Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid40%
              Average aid package size$0
              Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid40%
              Total aid available$10,000,000

              Application Deadline:
              Rolling deadline

              More information:

              Application Details:

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              Merit based Scholarships

              This information is not currently available.


              Total enrollment 260
              Average enrollment per grade43
              Average class size12 to 15
              Gender (grades)Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
              Boarding offered Gr. 7 - 12
              % in boarding (total enrollment)77%

              If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

              Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



              Admissions Assessments:

              Assessment = requiredGrades
              Interview7 - 12
              SSAT (out of province)
              Entrance Exam(s)
              Entrance Essay
              Entrance Essay
              Application Fee 

              Application Deadlines:

              Day students:

              Boarding students:

              What Bishop's College School says:

              BCS works on "rolling Admissions", meaning we will accept applications year-round. We do, however, recommend that students apply by February 1st for enrolment the following September. Documentation required for admission includes: -application form -confidential report (i.e. reference form) -current report card and report cards for previous two years -copy of birth certificate and passport -two photos -(other documents may be requested) Our application process also includes testing (Math and English), and an interview. Both the testing and interview can be on campus or arranged to be completed remotely.


              Acceptance Rate:


              Type of student Bishop's College School is looking for: We are looking for well-balanced students.

              Day Boarding

              Student Entry Points

              Student Type789101112
              Day Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              Boarding Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)

              University Placement

              Services = offered
              Career planning
              Mentorship Program
              University counseling
              Key Numbers
              Average graduating class size45
              *Canadian "Big 6" placements35
              **Ivy+ placementsN/A

              *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

              **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

              Notable Alumni

              Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
              Sir H. Montagu Allan 1878 Banker, Lieutenant-Colonel, and Deputy Chairman of the Allen Shipping Line. Donated the Allen Cup (hockey).
              Jake Eberts 1959 Award-winning film producer, with such notable films as: Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Dances with Wolves, and Chicken Run.
              Reginald Fessenden 1884 Pioneering inventor in radio. Conducted possibly the first radio transmission of voice and music.
              Harry Wickwire Foster 1920 Major General who commanded two Canadian divisions in the Second World War.
              Andrew Hamilton Gault 1900 UK Member of Parliament and Brigadier General. Privately raised the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry for the First World War.
              Sir William Heneker 1885 A Canadian born General of the British Army, (one of only a few to reach this rank). A respected military strategist and thinker.
              George Hurst 1944 Celebrated conductor. Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London
              Hartland MacDougall 1894 Ran MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier, a prominent Montreal investment firm. Hockey player inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame. Helped create the Montreal Forum.
              Andrew McNaughton 1905 Canada's leading General during the first phase of World War II. Also served as Chief of the General Staff, a diplomat, and politician.
              Eric Molson 1955 Chairman of Molson Coors and Chancellor of Concordia University. Honorary director of the Bank of Montreal. Member of the Order of Canada.
              Hartland Molson 1925 Canadian Senator, noted philanthropist and member of the Molson family, and owner of the Montreal Canadians
              Michael Ondaatje 1961 Canadian author and poet. Winner of the Booker Prize for "The English Patient". Also won the Governor General's Award.

              Stories & Testimonials


              Testimonial from a student

              "There are no other schools quite like BCS - it's been my home for almost five years and I have learned so much. I took all science and math courses in preparation for my university career studying health sciences. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as BCS has helped me".


              Testimonial from a student

              "I felt very privileged to be able to attend a school such as BCS. I know that the education that I received has prepared me for university and beyond. My major goal in life is to a become successful physician. Through my teachers, peers, coaches and houseparents, BCS taught one valuable life lessons that I will never forget and has instilled confidence in my abilities".


              Testimonial from a Prefect

              "In my final year at BCS, I was elected Head Prefect. It was one of a kind opportunity that allowed me to improve my leadership abilities. After so many years at BCS, it gave me great pleasure to be able to give back to the school. Not only has BCS been my home, it has also taught me how to be leader, how to take initiative, and how to balance a busy schedule - it has all led me to where I stand now."


              In the News


              August 24, 2015 - BCS announces new Head of School

              We are excited to welcome Mr. Tyler Lewis as our next Head of School! Please see the official announcement below for further details. ...


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