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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Bodwell High School

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1867

     

    1991


     

    Enrolment

     

    938

     

    560


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    8 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding

     

    Day, Boarding, Homestay


     

    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."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    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

     
    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”.
     
    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

     

    18 to 20

     

    18 to 24


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    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

     

    $32,860

     

    $25,250 to $28,325


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $59,530 to $62,250

     

    $42,650 to $47,725


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    7%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $15,000

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    63

     

    112


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    7%

     

    86%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    40%

     

    60%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 03, 2019

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Bodwell High School

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    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

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    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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    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    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.

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    Bodwell began in 1991 with just six students, and has grown exponentially since then. It’s now one of the largest international boarding schools in the country. Throughout, the school has been developed to support learners arriving in Canada from overseas, including counsellors who can provide guidance on travel and visa requirements, and international credit equivalencies. The atmosphere in many ways in an expression of the surrounding city. Like Vancouver, the school is diverse, positioned to grant a global perspective. Graduates are encouraged to grow a sense of who they are in that wider world, both of the pacific rim and beyond. The ideal student is one preparing for university and, afterward, a professional engagement within an international context.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Bodwell High School

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    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

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    • Established in 1991, Bodwell is one of the leading boarding schools in Canada
    • With average class size of 12, experts at academic and English preparation
    • Multi-lingual counsellors that help students with academic guidance and university preparation
    • Boarding Program that teaches: self-care, interpersonal skills & leadership
    • 36 hours of hand-on courses on Saturday for students to gain “real-world” knowledge and skills

    Description

    Description

    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.

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    Bodwell offers a rigorous academic program, including AP courses, and prepares students for university entrance. All students participate in our extra-curricular clubs, with emphasis on sports, fine arts and life skills in the boarding program. We have a strong ESL program and our Saturday enrichment program allows students to expand their learning and to gain "real-world" knowledge. Our diverse environment enables students to become active learners and well-rounded citizens who contribute positively to the world.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Bodwell High School

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    Message

    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.

    "A transformative education which helps young people ask big questions, expose common assumptions about the world, critically examine society, and cultivate empathy and responsibility is the ultimate goal. As an educator, a commitment to transformative education is my personal and professional mission."

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Bodwell High School

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Information not available

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      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.

      BODWELL HIGH 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

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      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.

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Bodwell's linear system gives students several advantages. Firstly, there are three entrance opportunities every year, in September, January, and July, giving students schedule flexibility. Secondly, the system allows a motivated student to complete one-and-a-half academic grades in each calendar year. This allows students to complete high school faster and begin their university studies sooner. ESL students also have an opportunity to join from November and April in addition to Fall, Spring & July intake.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Bodwell High School

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Traditional Math

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        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.

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Teachers at Bodwell use a mix of traditional versus discovery approaches depending on their own style, the familiarity of the students to the topic and the need for interaction in class. For example, one teacher stated 'I think it is important to introduce the topic, provide examples, then have students try some on their own'. Another teacher stated 'If it is a concept most students probably know, I try to create a mini, fun, "competition". Students get into teams and answer questions. The first team to get the answer gets a point." Another teacher concluded 'I choose a mix because some students thrive on inquiry and others are uncomfortable with problem solving without the "tools" first'.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        This varies from teacher to teacher however in general Bodwell permits the use of calculators according to the rules of BC Provincial Exams. In classrooms teachers do not permit the sharing of and use of the calculator on phones unless an activity requires this.

      • Writing

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Bodwell High School

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Process approach

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        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.

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Bodwell High School

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        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.

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        In general teachers at Bodwell use the " equal balance" method for teaching science classes. If there is a concept that they feel students can figure out through inquiry, they choose the inquiry method. However, if a particular concept is challenging for most students, then they would use the expository method (direct instruction).


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

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

        BODWELL HIGH 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)

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Bodwell High School

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Social Justice

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        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.

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        The literature program is vertically aligned to build on critical skills from grade level to grade level. Through inquiry based methods, students are asked to make personal and world view connections to the literature. A mix of modern and classical literature is explored. Across a wide range of genres, the literature chosen is thematic, focusing on: identity, social issues, cultural diversity, community and self-awareness. Traditional, academic essay writing is taught, but students also demonstrate comprehension and critical thinking by completing projects such as a film, work of art, comic strip, and/or original poetry. Cooperative learning activities including debates, skits, pair work and group discussions are an integral part of daily lessons.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

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

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Bodwell High School

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Pragmatism

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        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.

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Both methods are taught our Social Studies classes

      • Foreign Languages

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Bodwell High School

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Communicative

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        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.

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Both methods are taught in French class. At the start of a unit it might be more audio-lingual as the students are introduced to new vocabulary or grammar structures. As their language skills develop we break out into group games, go around and do interviews in French, create little skits, read short texts in French and use new vocabulary in conversation and class routines, and even give short presentations where the other students ask the presenter questions in French to further work on understanding/ and responding.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

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

        BODWELL HIGH 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)

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Bodwell High School

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        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.

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        We offer Fine Arts for Grades 8 to 12, with Advanced Placement Visual Art 12 through submission of Art portfolios to the College Board. All Fine Arts courses follow BC Ministry current curriculum focus on core competency and connection to real life. The art teachers use a variety of medium. We are lucky to be on the North Shore with many boutique art galleries and studios with specialties plus the Vancouver Art Gallery and local art destinations that students go. We have increasing contact and join projects with community partners. Our students are also outdoor and active getting inspirations for art work. They also participate in art competitions and events regularly.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Bodwell High School

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        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.

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Bodwell is well equipped with cutting-edge network infrastructure, equipment, software applications, and databases. Apart from in ICT, teachers are free to utilize technology in their classrooms or not. We have a Bodwell standardized laptop that is used for academics only. The goal is to enhance learning and improve communications between staff and students. In addition, Bodwell students have a professional license to Office 365 which provides all Microsoft Office apps online and locally on their laptop. Students also have access to lynda.com and all major Adobe products.  7 smart boards (SB685 series and SB885 series) have been installed in different classrooms to enhance student learning—targeting various subject areas (Math, science, English, Humanities, ESL).


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Bodwell High School

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        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.

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Physical Education is offered in grades 8-12 and follows the BC Ministry current curriculum with the aim of providing opportunities for students to experience a variety of activities and promote lifelong, healthy living. Our Physical Education program encompasses two specific aspects: fitness and sports. The fitness component of the program is a progressive program emphasizing cardio-respiratory development. One of the goals of the program is to teach and instill the skills necessary to live an active lifestyle that promotes health and physical literacy. The sport component of the program consists of activities from a variety of sports and games. A holistic approach is followed with mental, social, and physical domains addressed. The program is intended to allow the student to develop an appreciation of sport and an understanding of the strategies, skills and basic rules involved, encouraging a lifetime of participation.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Bodwell High School

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      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.

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Bodwell High School

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      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.

      BODWELL HIGH 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

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Information not available

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      The AEP (Academic & English Preparation) Program is a specialized English as a Second Language (ESL) program for students who are becoming proficient in English.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Bodwell High School

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

      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”.

      BODWELL HIGH 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

      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.

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Bodwell offers a university preparatory program. When many of our students are from overseas and some are recent immigrant children, we offer a custom-designed Academic and English Preparation for them to improve their English skills before regular courses. Students succeed in the Language Arts, and are equally successful in provincial exams and in grade 12 academic averages to qualify for students’ choice universities. We provide additional formal learning Saturday mornings for specialized language courses, outdoor education, career exposure and community service projects. 80% of our 650 students are boarding on-site and our day and boarding programs are well integrated.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

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

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Bodwell High School

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      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."

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

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

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Our philosophy is to develop “active learners and well-rounded citizens who contribute positively to the world”. We emphasize equally on intellectual, social-emotional and physical development, the latter especially in terms of active living, health and fitness. 80% of our 650 students are boards and we make good use of the time resources and campus facilities to support these developmental goals. In addition to academic excellence, our students strive towards to a variety of athletic events (competing to provincial levels) and extra-curricular events including life skill workshops, career orientation and community services, local and international.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Bishop Strachan School

    Bodwell High 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

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Bodwell High School

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    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

    BODWELL HIGH 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

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

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

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    • GVISAA Boys' Volleyball Champions 2014
    • GVISAA Girls' Volleyball Champions 2014
    • NSSSAA Senior Boys' Basketball Champions 2016
    • BCHSBBA Senior Boys' Basketball Champions 2015
    • NSSSAA Boys' Swimming Champions 2015
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    40%

     

    60%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 03, 2019

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    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.

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    We are looking for students who can actively and positively impact on our school student community by giving their best at both academics and student life. Prospective students must demonstrate this in their application, submitted transcripts, references and interview. All new students will start in our Boarding Program. Upon completion of the Boarding Program, students may apply to move to a Bodwell homestay.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    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.

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    1. Is Bodwell the right school for you? Understand Bodwell’s Mission and Vision and decide if Bodwell is the right fit for you. Arrange for a visit to school, if appropriate. 2. Submit an Application Form Check First • View Term Calendar as a PDF document. • Understand overall application process. • Questions? Contact our Admissions Officer. Apply Online Go to online application page, create an account and follow instructions there. You can make multiple applications with a single account. Please make sure you have all supporting document files ready listed in Section 3 below to complete the application. You will be updated of your application status through your registered email. Bodwell Online Application System Apply through Email Or alternatively, you can download an Application Form and/or Dormitory Application Form or Homestay Application Form, complete it, and email them to the corresponding Admissions Officer. 3. Submit Supporting Documents Required documents: • Complete transcripts and progress reports of the past 3 years of schooling • An essay (over 1 page) indicating why the student would like to study at Bodwell • A photo copy of student’s passport ID page • Immunization history record You can submit these documents via: • electronic files while applying online • or scan & email to your corresponding Admissions Officer • or fax to +1-604-924-5058 • or post mail to: 955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada V7P3S4 Application Fee and ID Photos: • CAD $200 Application Fee (non-refundable) • 2 recent ID photos Also required: • Interviews in person or by phone • Two confidential Letters of Recommendation from teachers 4. Payment of Fees After reviewing the application, we will inform you via email of the program into which the student will be accepted and the appropriate fees (see sample fees) in the Letter of Offer document. We require full payment of fees in order to issue the student’s Letter of Acceptance (which is required for visa application purposes – international students only). 5. Receive Letter of Acceptance Upon receipt of the full payment, we will send you a Letter of Acceptance and the official receipts. International students should apply for their student visa as soon as they receive the Letter of Acceptance. 6. Arrange Custodianship for International Students If the student is under 19 years of age, Canadian Immigration requires custodianship. If he/she stays in our student dormitory or homestay program, Bodwell High School can assume supervisory responsibility and meet the custodianship requirement. 7. English Placement Test for International Students An on-line English test will be arranged for all international students. Upon arrival at Bodwell High School, the student will be asked to write the English Placement Test. According to the test results, he/she will be placed in an appropriate level of the Academic & English Preparation (AEP), a specialized ESL program program, or regular high school grade.

  • 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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    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Boris Remes (2006)
    Boris now works as Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment & Admissions at Schulich School of Business at York University.
    Mikhail Beridze (2010)
    Mikhail is a judo champion. In 2016 he won the Alberta Provincials, Saskatchewan Open and Bronze at the Pacific International all at 90kg class.
    Jeff Liao (1997)
    Jeff is an accomplished artist/photographer who has had many exhibitions and books published concerning his work in and around New York. See more here: http://bodwell.edu/jeff-liao-museum-of-the-city-of-new-york-exhibition/



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