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3233 The Boulevard, Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 1S4

Grades (Gender):
K to 11 (Girls)
$19,230 to 21,655/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 20
Day: 385 (Gr. K - 11)

School Address
3233 The Boulevard, Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 1S4



About this school:


The world needs great women. It starts at The Study. Founded in 1915 and one of Canada’s premier girls’ schools, The Study fosters the development of character, confidence and visionary thinking. Dedicated teachers offer a warm and stimulating mother tongue bilingual environment to students from Kindergarten to Grade 11. OPEN HOUSE 2017, Wednesday, October 11th 8:30 - 10am & 4:30 - 7:30pm. NOTE: Certificate of Eligibility for English Instruction is not required (K-Grade 11) as The Study is a non-subsidized school. — Visit school website



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The name sounds generic, and, historically at least, it was. In 1915 Margaret Gascoigne began her school—there were just six students that year—in the study of her home. Remarkably, the school remained at that same location until it moved to its present one in 1960. (The whole story is told and illustrated in the aptly titled, No Ordinary School: The Study 1915-2015, published to mark the school’s centennial.)

In a sense, Gascoigne provided the same thing then that the school does now: a bilingual education for girls. Though, yes, that alone doesn’t present the half of it. Through the years The Study sought to chart its own path, while at the same time creating a path for the girls that attended. They weren’t being educated to be shrinking violets, but rather to find their voices and, to some extent, transcend the times and circumstances that they were living within. And, they did, with alumni prominent in fields that run the breadth of Canadian life. That tradition of forthright leaders and students certainly remains today. Part of the charm of the school is that tradition, one that is apparent throughout the school. The school may be a century old, but the program remains at the cutting edge of education. The ideal student is one who can rise to the challenges that the school presents.  

School busing:

The Study offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider. The regions it offers busing from are Laval, Pointe-Claire, Beaconsfield, Dorval, Saint-Laurent.

Principal's Message


Nancy Sweer, Head Of School

Welcome to The Study! I hope you will soon discover our dynamic and outward looking school committed to our mission of supporting the development of young women as leaders, as innovators and life-long learners. It is in that powerful mission that The Study continually moves forward with great enthusiasm, always aware of the link between our success and the formidable culture of pride that has existed in The Study community for over 100 years.

Our enriched curriculum coupled with an exceptional bilingual learning environment and a positive atmosphere of mental, physical and emotional balance, nurtures each girl's capacity to be academically successful and well rounded.

The breadth and depth of The Study's curriculum, along with its goal to inspire intellectual curiosity and exploration, is the hallmark of the school experience for each of our students. At The Study, every girl benefits from the care and guidance of teachers who are dedicated to fostering a love of learning, each and every day.

The world needs great women, and girls can count on a great start at The Study.


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

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

What The Study says: The Study’s bilingual programme begins in Kindergarten. Students have two homeroom teachers and spend approximately half the day in English and the other half in French. The goal is to establish fluency and accuracy in both languages by offering mother tongue programmes in both English and French. The curriculum is organized into themes and subjects are interrelated through learning activities with a central focus of interest. Learning situations are process-oriented with the intention of encouraging the children to explore, experiment, solve problems and absorb new ideas and concepts. Computer technology is widely integrated at all levels through the use of class sets of laptops and/or iPads. In the Senior School, students follow an enriched programme of studies. At each grade level, students take enriched French language courses and are offered at least two other subjects in French. A compulsory third language option (Mandarin or Spanish) is also a curriculum requirement for grades 7 and 8. Each student is provided with her own laptop to take advantage of technological resources to enrich her learning.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading
    • What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    • What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    • 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

    • What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies
    • What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Spanish

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology
    • What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Psychology
    • AP Chemistry

    Sex and Health Education Quebec curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Quebec
    Body parts K K
    Human development
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Reproduction Gr. 2 Gr. 2
    Pregnancy K K
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 11 Gr. 11
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Consent Gr. 3 Gr. 3
    Sexual orientation Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Gender identity Gr. 3 Gr. 3
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 3 Gr. 3
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual harassment Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Body image issues Gr. 6 Gr. 6
    Mental illness
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 6 Gr. 6

    What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    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 The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What The Study says: The Study's bilingual programme begins in Kindergarten

    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 The Study 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 The Study 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 The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support High


    The Study provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • 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
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      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
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      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 class; in-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    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 The Study says: Note: The Study offers a Sports Flex program for gifted athletes with strong academic records. Students in the program are excused from certain classes so that they can participate in their required intensive outside training programs and competitions. The Study currently has gifted athletes in tennis, skiing, skating and gymnastic programs.

    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.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

    What The Study says: This information is not currently available.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods. Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

    What The Study says: This information is not currently available.


    What The Study says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Robotics club
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid15%
    Total aid available$422,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    World-class academic institutions such as ours recognize that the most outstanding young minds and great spirits deserve the opportunity to excel, despite their families' financial circumstances. At The Study, we are proudly committed to removing barriers of accessibility. The decision to award a bursary is based on a family's demonstrated financial need, as determined by an independent third-party assessment. Parents are asked to fill out an online application, with Apple FInancial (FACS). The third-party provider will analyze your personal situation and make a recommendation to our Head of School on a confidential basis.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Entrance Scholarship
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7—

    Entrance Scholarship

    These scholarships are up to $5000 and awarded annually to incoming students (grades 7) on the basis of overall academic excellence as evidenced by the entrance exam scores and potential to contribute to school life. These scholarships are renewable for three years provided the student maintains high academic standing.

    Grade 7 | The Study School Foundation Merit Entrance Scholarship
    Amount: 100%
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7—

    (Full scholarship & renewable for five years)
    A full scholarship is awarded to the top new student entering Grade 7 and is based on current report card, a personal letter of intent, an application and results of the entrance exam. The value of the full scholarship will be applied against school fees each year until the student graduates, provided that she continues to achieve proficiency standing and actively participates in school life, and is awarded every three years. It will be awarded next for students entering September 2017. 

    For more details, visit: thestudy.qc.ca/docs/Scholarship_E-v-2.pdf
    Trillium Scholarship
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 10—

    Current students entering grade 10 are eligible to apply for this $1,000 scholarship, awarded for academic merit and based on an essay and a personal interview. The scholarship is renewable for a further year provided the student maintains high academic standing. 

    For more details, visit: thestudy.qc.ca/docs/Scholarship_E-v-2.pdf
    Board of Governors' Scholarship
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 6—

    Current Study students entering grade 7 are eligible to write a Board of Governors essay in either French or English. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student based on her essay as well as a personal interview. This scholarship is renewable for three years provided the student maintains high academic standing.

    For more details, visit: https://thestudy.qc.ca/docs/Scholarship_E-v-2.pdf
    The Study
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 4 to 10—Scholarships recognize outstanding academic results and promise and in most cases are renewable. This is provided that the recipient's academic work and contribution to the school remains at a high standard. Available at various grade levels to both new and returning students. The Study is committed to removing barriers of accessibility.
    For more details, visit: www.thestudy.qc.ca/en/admissions/bursaries.php?p=304


    Total enrollment 385
    Average enrollment per grade32
    Average class size12 to 20
    Gender (grades)K to 11 (Girls)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewK - 11
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)K - 11
    Entrance Essay
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What The Study says:

    4 Steps to APPLY to The Study

    1. Experience The Study! Connect with our Admissions Office by email [email protected] to arrange a personal tour or request an admissions package.
    2. Complete our online application, and be sure to include the supporting documents. NOTE: The Study is accepting applications from mission-appropriate girls in all grades for the 2017-2018 academic year, regardless of eligibility standing.
    3. Interview and assessment; once we receive your daughter's application we will set up an interview and individualized assessment. Students applying for grades 4-11 will spend the day as a Study girl!
    4. Welcome! Shortly after your daughter's interview and assessment you will be notified of your daughter's acceptance to The Study.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student The Study is looking for: The Study wants to meet girls who want to become great women.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeK1234567891011
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Janina Fialkowska 1967 Named a 2012 Governor General Performing Arts award winner. She received a 2012 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Classical Music) in 2012.
    Marianne McKenna 1968 Founding partner of KPMB Architects. She is an invested Officer of The Order of Canada "for her contributions as an architect, designing structures that enrich the public realm”.
    Caroline  Rhea 1981 Canadian stand-up comedian and actress, known for replacing Rosie O'Donnell as the hostess of her syndicated talk show, renamed The Caroline Rhea Show.
    Eugenie Bouchard 2011 Professional Tennis Player.
    Andréanne Morin 1998 Founding member of The Study’s Sports Hall of Fame. Andréanne is a 3-time Olympian and 8-time National Team athlete.
    Phyllis Lambert Bronfman 1944 Founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Member of the Order of Canada, Knight of the National Order of Quebec.
    Patricia Claxton 1947 Award-winning Canadian translator, primarily of Quebec literature.
    Joan Ivory 1951 Esteemed member of the Order of Canada and tireless volunteer most notably with the MUHC and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
    Caroline Jo 2008 Recipient of the 2009 Top 20 Under
20 Award which annually recognizes 20 
of Canada's youth who have a meaningful impact on society.

    Alumni Highlights

    • The Study Old Girls' Association aims to foster and maintain a lifelong bond between The Study and alumnae (Old Girls) through social, professional and fundraising initiatives that reflect the unique values and vitality of the school, and that allow Old Girls to remain connected to a strong, global Study community. There are more than 2,500 Study Old Girls living in 26 countries around the world and working in every conceivable industry. The Study Old Girls' Association (SOGA) exists to support that network and help prepare our current students for life after The Study.

    Stories & Testimonials


    Citzens of the World

    All Study girls share a budding mindset of global citizenship.The Study is a leading all-girls enriched bilingual independent school where curiosity is encouraged, excellence is pursued and a love of learning is fostered from a girl’s first day of kindergarten through high school graduation. Study girls are intuitively interested in why something is different, and are eager to understand the vastly diverse personalities and events around the world.

    Inclusive, diverse and supportive. The Study has always had many students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Our multiple cultures, multiple faiths and multiple learning styles are part of our established strength. “We like getting to know about other people. And it was a lot of fun to share some of my traditions; it made me feel proud,” said Study girl Carlota, who hails from Spain. We are very inclusive.

    The Study is always looking for girls who want to become great women. Scholarships and bursaries are available.For more information about Admissions contact Antonia Zannis, Deputy Head of School, [email protected]


    The Study's Alumnae

    The Study's alumnae are valued members of the school community. More than 2,500 Study graduates remain in touch with the school and receive the annual Trillium newsletter. A growing number of graduates remain in contact via an interactive internet-based alumnae directory. Virtually 100% of Study graduates go on to post-secondary studies in English or French. Among the school's many successful graduates are three Rhodes Scholars, lawyers, engineers, artists, filmmakers, doctors, marketing executives, musicians, scientific researchers, accountants, writers, educators, bankers, entrepreneurs and architects. During the course of the school year, alumnae are invited to participate in the following events: - Founder's Day, where a distinguished alumna (who has been nominated by her peers) is presented with the Judy Elder Alumna Award (named in honour of a Study alumna from the Class of '71 who passed away tragically in 2002). - Bazaar, this school-wide fundraising event is a Study tradition. - Holiday reception and concert in mid-December - Women in Leadership lecture, to which all Montreal-based alumnae are invited. - Grandparents Day - Homecoming Reunion, alumnae from all years are invited to attend this annual event. - Annual Service, a Study end of year tradition In addition, Montreal-based alumnae share their work expertise with students through workplace shadowing activities and at the school's annual Career day. For more information on The Study's alumnae please contact Pattie Edwards, Director of Alumnae Relations at [email protected]


    In the News


    September 7, 2016 - The Study: the most Francophone of English schools

    Parents agree the primary reason for choosing The Study for their daughters is the unique mother-tongue bilingual education programme. ...


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