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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2016

     

    1867


     

    Enrolment

     

    370

     

    920


     

    Grades

     

    1 to 12

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Girls


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Boarding, Day, eSchool

     

    Boarding, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Progressive


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    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.
     
    Standard-enriched
    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.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Rigorous
    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”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    12 to 17

     

    18 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $18,000 to $36,950

     

    $32,860


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $23,100 to $24,600

     

    $59,530 to $62,250


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    7%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    7 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $15,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    31

     

    61


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    35%

     

    8%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    40%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 03, 2019


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Dewey Institute

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    The Bishop Strachan School

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    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

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    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    The Bishop Strachan School has a long and impressive history of excellence, and has consistently provided leadership in education and beyond. This is a school that seeks to give girls confidence in their skills and abilities, and to have their ideas heard in what can be, at times, a very noisy world. There is a strong arts program, and the school emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math—professions in which women remain underrepresented. The school promotes the concept that girls need not choose between either arts or sciences, but can each find their own ways of excelling in both, based on the development of creative thinking, effective communication, and ethical leadership.
    Read The Our Kids Review of The Bishop Strachan School

    User reviews

    User reviews

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    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    "I am still in touch, twenty years later, with some of my teachers...This speaks to the dedication of the teaching staff I believe"
    Allison Smith - Alumnus   (Sep 19, 2018)
    I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at The Bishop Strachan School. BSS has a strong academic prog...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

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    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    The school’s approach, largely, is based in an understanding that it’s a complicated world, one which requires a set of complex foundational skills: being able to think for yourself, working cooperatively, and engaging empathetically with others. That includes a grasp of the curricular content as well as an ability to write well, speak well, and appreciate the elegance in a well-crafted argument. The learning environment is varied, diverse and comprised of a community of true peers, those who share a sense of curiosity and, while not being bookish, are inclined to academics and respond well to a challenge while appreciating support. Once here, they find those interests and curiosities shared and rewarded. "There's very little pressure to conform at a girls' school,” says an alumnus. “Being unique and having deep interests is what's considered cool.” The academics are not only strong, they have long provided an example that other schools have sought to emulate. That said, there’s a belief in being able to relax too—that it’s a journey, not a race, and that it’s as valuable to look around as it is to look forward. In terms of skills, outlook, and confidence, girls leave the school ready to take on the world. And they do.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    • State of the Art Residences with 24 Hour Security
    • An Associated Language Canada Member
    • Various Programs to Best Suit Your Needs
    • Associated AP School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    • Founded in 1867
    • Specializing in the learning needs of the 'whole girl'
    • Co-curricular programs and clubs
    • 100 per cent university placement
    • Extensive leadership opportunities
    • Teacher-advisor program
    • Advanced Placement programs
    • International exchange program
    • Scholarships available
    • Financial assistance available

    Description

    Description

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    At Dewey, we focus on the success of each individual student; offering "Special Education", "Youth Scientists" and "Arts" programs to help best accommodate each students needs. Dewey aims to foster a diverse, multicultural learning environment, with staff from various backgrounds, that enables students to interact with individuals from all walks of life. Dewey students develop their independent problem-solving and collaboration skills to strike a perfect balance between independent work and teamwork.

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    The Bishop Strachan School has been inspiring girls to be fearless and educating them to be leaders for over 150 years. Renowned for its expertise in the learning needs of girls and supported by an expert faculty, BSS is a university prep school with a rigorous, inquiry-based academic curriculum. BSS offers an integrative approach to learning, with STEAM-focused learning spaces, a Centre for Arts and Design and multimedia and film labs. Our 7.5 acres have outstanding athletics, arts, and technology facilities.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Dewey Institute

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    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Message

    At Dewey, we understand the challenges that are in store for students. Our mission is to support students with the challenges they face and to help them reach their goals. As a former Director of Education in the province of Ontario and private school inspector, I know how important it is to choose the right school for your child. Parents who select this college can have confidence that we will strive to guide their children in making wise decisions so that, after their studies here, they will gain admission to and become successful graduates of a university or college.

    Angela Terpstra was principal of the Senior School for eleven years before becoming Head of School, and her goals for the girls of BSS reach beyond academic success. She places immense priority on cultivating compassionate, ethical citizens who exhibit kindness and generosity and value differences in religion, race, opinions, and ideas. She strives to engage girls with the outside world, and feels strongly that topical issues in the news have a very important place in the classrooms of BSS. Angela is inspired and activated by the idea of “private schools with public purpose,” and she strives to use the resources available in an independent school setting to lead the way in forward-thinking education for girls that teachers the world over can observe and learn from.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

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      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Information not available

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Adopting John Dewey’s educational philosophy of pragmatism, Dewey Institute emphasizes the interactive relationship between individual development and social advancement, and explores the two-way dialogue between teaching and learning along its consistent endeavors.

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Guided by the highest standards of academic excellence and vital character development at The Bishop Strachan School (BSS), we leverage the Signature of a BSS Girl to achieve our mission: to inspire girls to be fearless and educate them to be leaders. We know from 150 years of experience that having the confidence and courage to make a difference in the world begins with self-discovery. Encouraging exploration is our primary focus, because when students are curious they learn how to persist through difficulty, trust their judgment and find their voice as they reach their goals. With this, girls see firsthand that they hold within themselves everything they need to go anywhere and do anything in the world.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Dewey Institute

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        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Whole Language reading programs eschew sublexical (under the word-level) training, focusing instead on getting students to infer and guess at words based on their understanding of the larger meaning of the sentence (“context-clues”). Students are given ample opportunity to read actual literature (age-appropriate) along with strategies for using semantic-based clues to pronounce unrecognized words.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        No

      • Writing

         

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

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        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

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        Expository


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

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

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        Dewey Institute

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        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works. If a classical text is used, it’s often in the context of social deconstruction: students are asked to critically examine possible prejudices and historical narratives inherent in the work. Like in traditional literature programs, students are often asked to engage in class discussion and critical essay writing, but more time might also be devoted to cooperative group projects and personal reflections. The goal is to teach students to think critically about what they read, while becoming intellectually and physically engaged in the social issues pertaining to their wider community.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies

         

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        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Core Knowledge

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Dewey Institute

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        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

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

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Dewey Institute

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        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Dewey Institute

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        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Medium integration

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Our health and physical education curriculum is designed for students to build knowledge and skills and enable them to succeed in an ever-changing world by developing physical and health literacy. Our program helps students build capacity and commitment to promote healthy and active living. The Junior and Middle Schools offer intramural sports as part of the PE program which focusses on cooperation and participation.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Dewey Institute

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Not applicable

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Information not available

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      A strong start means a better finish. It’s precisely what happens within the dynamic, inquiry-based learning approach you’ll find in our Junior School (JK to Grade 6). Children are treated as the intellectually powerful beings they are, and encouraged to express themselves as they learn, grow, collaborate and create. Learn more at bss.on.ca/junior-school.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Dewey Institute

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Standard-enriched

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      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.

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      The school utilizes interactive white boards with cloud based platforms

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Dewey Institute

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      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 school says

      What the school says

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Adopting John Dewey’s educational philosophy of pragmatism, Dewey Institute emphasizes the interactive relationship between individual development and social advancement, and explores the two-way dialogue between teaching and learning along its consistent endeavors

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      We strongly believe in the power of the girls within these walls and their ability to change the world for the better. It’s not just a philosophy; it’s the basis of our curriculum and our approach. Our vision is this: we want BSS to be an inspirational force for women to reach their full potential as transformative leaders. We’re dedicated to facilitating powerful learning and encouraging inspirational leaders in the world – whatever that looks like for each girl.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      "We intentionally avoid all forms of public distinction between students in terms of academic performance."

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Dewey Institute

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      The Institute strives to enable all of our students achieve right level of achievements and to adquire the knowledge, skills, and values they need to contribute to the well being of a global society.

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      BSS strives to inspire girls to be fearless and educate girls to be leaders. For a full understanding of the set of personal attributes that are encouraged, nurtured and taught at BSS, read more about our Signature of a BSS Girl and Culture of Powerful Learning at https://www.bss.on.ca/learning-teaching.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Dewey Institute

    The Bishop Strachan School

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

     

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Information not available

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Information not available

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Dewey Institute

    The Bishop Strachan School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    • Inclusive-policy in Grade 4-6. Development programs for Grade 7-12
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    40%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 03, 2019


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    While we welcome all students - domestic and international - Dewey offers specific programs which may suit students with certain interests. For the "Youth Scientist Program" : - Students who are interested in AI, robotics, coding, and/or life sciences For the Arts Program: - Students who are passionate about the fine arts (painting, drawing, graphic design, etc.) or music For the English Language Program: - Dewey is a member of Language Canada, and offers General English Program and Academic English programs - General English is for ESL students who are still learning the language - Academic English prepares students, providing them with written skills to help them succeed at the high school/university level including lab reports, business proposals, etc. For the Special Education Program: - Students who qualify for special education, both gifted/enhanced students, as well as students who may require some teaching assistance *This program may involve university students from the Department of Special Education.

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    If you’re thinking about coming to BSS, you’re in good company. Every year we welcome more than a hundred girls who find themselves embraced by a warm, welcoming and lively community. Successful students at BSS thrive in a rigorous inquiry-based environment and enjoy strong verbal and conceptual learning styles.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    For ALL Students: 

    • Complete the application form (available on deweyinstitute.com)
    • Provide two photos of yourself 
    • Provide high school transcripts from all prior years (if applicable) 
    • Pay the application fee (by cheque or e-transfer) 
    • Provide a statement from a parent or guardian detailing any special needs and any medical documentation related to your condition (if applicable) 

    For International Students: 

    • In addition to providing the above steps, please ensure you also have a proper study permit and visa. 

    Upon an evaluation, the school will issue a letter of acceptance to students who are qualified to study at Dewey for the upcoming school year. 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] 

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    We welcome Day students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 11 and Boarding students from Grades 8 to 11 into our creative and challenging environment. Grade 12 applications are considered on a case-to-case basis.  The path to BSS is an exciting one! Take the first step now.

    STEP ONE - CONNECTION

    Contact us or visit the school website to arrange a campus visit or to learn more about the enrolment process. Email [email protected] or call 416-483-4325, ext. 1220

    STEP TWO

    Apply online.  Apply now. Applications are due by December 3, 2019.

    STEP THREE - 

    All the supplementary documents will be uploaded through our online application system: myBSS. This way you’ll be able to track your progress through the application process. Check our website for specific requirements for each grade.

    STEP FOUR - INTERVIEW

    We will arrange for an interview (1.5 hrs) so girls and parents applying can meet a member of our Student Recruiting Team and experience a personalized tour of the school with one of our Student Ambassadors.

    STEP FIVE - OFFER

    Independent schools in the Toronto area share a common offer date in February for day applicants. This is the day you will hear from BSS with an enrolment decision. If your daughter is offered a place, you will have 5 days to accept the place.  We encourage families to make the decision as quickly as possible, as we do keep an active waitpool and applicants may be considered for second-round offers.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Beatrice Helen Worsley (1939)
    First female computer scientist in Canada. MIT and Cambridge grad.
    Margaret Wente (1968)
    Popular columnist for The Globe and Mail. National Newspaper Award winner for column-writing.
    Ann Southam (1955)
    Canadian composer and philanthropist. Member of the Order of Canada.
    Valerie Pringle (1971)
    Canadian television host and journalist
    Marjorie Pickthall (1901)
    Celebrated Canadian writer and poet
    Emily Murphy (1886)
    Famous Canadian women's rights activist: member of "The Famous Five". The first female judge in the British Empire.
    Lin Chi-ling (1992)
    Taiwanese model and actress. Official spokesperson for China Airlines and Longines.
    Kai (Alessia De Gasperis Brigante) (2008)
    Singer and songwriter signed to Warner Music Canada, with her first EP expected to be released in 2015.
    Laurie Holden (1987)
    Actress, producer, and human rights activist. Best known for her roles in "The X-Files", "Silent Hill", and "The Walking Dead", amongst others.
    Marina Endicott (1976)
    Award winning novelist and short story writer. Won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award.
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