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The Study
3233 The Boulevard
Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 1S4
Contact name:
Antonia Zannis

Phone number:
(514) 935-9352×

The Study

3233 The Boulevard, Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 1S4

Traditional,  Language-based
Grades (Gender):
K to 11 (Girls)
$18,415 to 20,085/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 18
Day: 340 (Gr. K - 11)

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Contact Name:
Antonia Zannis

Phone Number:

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 recognized as one of Canada’s premier girls’ schools, The Study actively fosters the development of character, confidence and visionary thinking. Dedicated teachers and staff offer a stimulating bilingual environment to students from Kindergarten to Grade 11. When she graduates, a Study girl has the values, skills and knowledge to follow her chosen path. Visit our 2016 Open House, Wednesday, October 5th 8:30 - 10:00am and 5 - 8:30pm.

Upcoming Events Next event: October 05, 2016

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  • October 05, 2016OPEN HOUSE
    Study, 3233 The Boulevard, Westmount, Quebec
    Join us Wednesday, October 05 from 08:30 am - 11:00 am

    Please join us on Wednesday, October 5th - at either the morning session or the evening session for student led tours of the school.

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 almost 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 Traditional, Language-based

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

Secondary Curriculum: Language-based
Language immersion schools teach students a full academic curriculum but in a different language than English (or French in parts of Quebec). By the time students graduate from an immersion program, they should be fully bilingual in both their mother tongue (English/French) and in the language of instruction. Immersion schools are appropriate for bright students who welcome the extra cognitive and academic challenge.

What 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.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

  • Mathematics
    • What Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: [Study has not provided this information]

    • Calculator policy: [Study has not provided this information]

    Early Reading
    • What Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

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

    • What Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

    • What Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

    • Teaching approach: [Study has not provided this information]

    • 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 Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

    Social Studies
    • What Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

    Foreign Languages
    • What Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

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

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
    • What Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

    Computers and Technology
    • What Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

    • Study's approach to sex-ed: [Study has not provided this information]

    Religious Education
    • What Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

    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.

    What 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 Study says about flexible pacing: [Study has not provided this information]

    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 Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

    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 Study says: [Study has not provided this information]

    Special Needs Support High


    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
      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
      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 High


    Study offers a high degree of support for gifted learners.

    Segregated gifted programs:

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

    Inclusive practices:

    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 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.


    What Study says:

    The Study has not provided this information.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental 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

    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
    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: $0
    Deadline: N/A
    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. 


    Total enrollment 340
    Average enrollment per grade28
    Gender (grades)K to 11 (Girls)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment163029302728362429311219




    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewK - 11
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Study says:

    We are interested in getting to know your daughter, and in assisting you through the application process. Applications are welcome at any time during the year, but it's always good to apply early! When submitting an Application Form [PDF] please remember to include all items on the Admissions Checklist.

    Once your application is received, you will be contacted to schedule a date for the assessment and an opportunity to be a Study student for a day.

    Entrance testing and interviews for kindergarten to grade 11 are now done by appointment. Please contact Antonia Zannis, Deputy Head at 514-935-9352 x 260 to schedule an appointment. 


    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 Janina Fialkowska'67 is a renown pianist.
    Marianne McKenna 1968 Architect and Founding partner of KPMB Architects (officer of Order of Canada)
    Caroline  Rhea 1981 Caroline Rhea '81 Comedian and Actress.
    Eugenie Bouchard 2011 Professional Tennis Player
    Andréanne Morin 1998 Andréanne Morin '98 Silver medalist 2012 Olympics - Women's 8 Rowing Team

    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, azannis@thesudy.qc.ca.


    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 Trillum 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 pedwards@thestudy.qc.ca ...


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