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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Lycée Louis Pasteur

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1867

     

    1966


     

    Enrolment

     

    938

     

    450


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    Preschool to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding

     

    Homestay, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French


     

    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

     

    Traditional


     

    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.
     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

     

    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

     

    Varies


     

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $32,860

     

    $14,660 to $16,630


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $59,530 to $62,250

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    7%

     

    7%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 12

     

    1 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $15,000

     

    $5,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    63

     

    28


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    7%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    40%

     

    85%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 03, 2019

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Lycée Louis Pasteur

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

    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

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

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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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    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

    "...our children have so much more confidence in their work. The positive energy and encouragement is so helpful."
    Brigitte Smith - Parent   (May 14, 2018)
    I have to say that the class sizes really are what make our children feel comfortable, less kids mak...
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    "...great teachers and remarkable academic program."
    Deniz Basibuyuk - Parent   (May 23, 2018)
    My daughter enjoyed the school environment and the size of the school allowed kids to feel like it...
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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.

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

    
In Canada, “lycée” most typically references a relationship with the French ministry of education, and that’s true of Lycée Louis Pasteur. That’s of interest to French nationals, perhaps particularly, or to families expecting to move outside of Canada—say to France, for example—prior to the end of a student’s secondary career. Indeed, when the school was established in 1966, that’s exactly the community it was intending to address, and enrolment was reserved for the children of French nationals. Times have changed, and today most families that enroll at Lycée Louis Pasteur don’t fall into that narrow category. Rather, they are looking for a strong language program, one that is more robust than those found in public schools. They are also looking for a curriculum that is delivered through a different lens, one that is more cognizant of the diversity of the global community, and more reflective of a student’s place within that wider world. Certainly, Lycée Louis Pasteur provides all of that. The ideal student is one looking for a challenge and to learn within a diverse community of peers.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Lycée Louis Pasteur

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

    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

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

    • Bilingual instruction with exceptional academic standards
    • Learn within an international environment
    • French Intensive Program for non-French speaking students in Grades 1-2
    • Alberta High School Diploma and French Baccalaureate
    • Member of CAIS, AFSA, AISCA and AEFE

    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.

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

    Lycée Louis Pasteur is a French bilingual school offering full-day programs from 3-years-old to Grade 12. It is Calgary's only school accredited by both the French Ministry of Education & Alberta Education. It provides a challenging education within a multicultural environment. Students are immersed in the French language and develop a global perspective. The French Language Intensive Program (FLIP) welcomes Grade 1-2 students with no prior exposure to French. Spanish instruction begins in Grade 6.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Lycée Louis Pasteur

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

    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.

    Lycée Louis Pasteur is led by the Head of School, Frédéric Canadas. 

    Mr. Canadas holds a French teaching credential, a Bachelor’s degree in Science of Education, as well as a Master’s degree in Education (teaching French as a Second Language) and a DESS (Diplômes d'Études Supérieures Spécialisées - Post-Graduate Diploma), in creating and using multimedia resources for language learning.

    He has over 30 years of experience in international, bilingual and French education, including many years of practice in multicultural and multilingual environments, in 7 countries and 4 different continents. Trilingual in French, English and Spanish, he has been a speaker, trainer and workshop leader in bilingual education best practices for teachers and administrators. Before coming to Lycée Louis Pasteur, he was the Head of School at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, United States, for 15 years. 

    Frédéric Canadas est titulaire d'un diplôme d'enseignement de l’éducation nationale française. Il possède une Licence en Sciences de l'Éducation, une Maîtrise de Français Langue Étrangère et un DESS (Master 2) de Concepteur Formateur Multimédia en Langues.

    Il a plus de trente années d'expérience dans l’éducation internationale, bilingue et française, y compris plusieurs années de pratique dans des environnements multiculturels et multilingues, dans sept pays et quatre continents différents. Trilingue en français, anglais et espagnol, il a été conférencier, formateur et animateur d'ateliers sur les meilleures pratiques en matière d'éducation bilingue pour des enseignants ainsi que des Directeurs et Chefs d’établissements. Avant de se joindre à l’équipe du Lycée Louis Pasteur, il a dirigé l'École Bilingue de Berkeley, aux États-Unis, pendant quinze ans.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Lycée Louis Pasteur

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Information not available

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      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.

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      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.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      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.

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      Lycée Louis Pasteur encourages students to develop an appreciation for learning while also nurturing their intellectual, emotional, social, and physical potential. We teach a core set of academic skills and offer an enriched curriculum, including the French curriculum and Spanish instruction from Grade 6 onwards. Student assessment is based primarily on testing, and an emphasis placed on knowledge acquisition and theoretical and academic learning, with the main focus being on cultivating the intellect of our students.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Lycée Louis Pasteur

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Traditional Math

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Traditional Math


        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.

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Our mathematics program provides our students with a strong knowledge and mastery of the fundamental basic skills that students are able to draw upon when faced with solving more complex problems.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        We use a combination of approved resources from France and Alberta


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Scientific calculator use in Grades 6-12

      • Early Reading

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Lycée Louis Pasteur

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Whole Language

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        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.

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Our early reading program blends phonics instruction in French and English, with guided reading and leveled literacy focusing on individual abilities and needs.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Lycée Louis Pasteur

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Process approach

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Equal balance


        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.

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Our students benefit from a blended approach when it comes to our writing program. Students are provided with many opportunities to create authentic pieces which highlight their acquired skills and creativity.

      • Science

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Lycée Louis Pasteur

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


        Approach

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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.

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Our students benefit from two curricula, the French Ministry of Education and Alberta science curricula. In primary school, the study of science focuses on units of inquiry, for example, robotics and the solar system. Starting in Grade 6, science is taught as a specialized subject, leading to biology, chemistry, and physics study in later years.


        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

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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

        Lycée Louis Pasteur

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Social Justice

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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.

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        From Kindergarten to Grade 12, our students receive daily instruction in French and English. Our English program follows the Alberta English Language Arts curriculum which provides students with rich experiences with literacy.


        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

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

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

      • Social Studies

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Lycée Louis Pasteur

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        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.

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Starting in Grade 2, students receive formal instruction in social studies. Following the Alberta curriculum, Social Studies uses a thematic approach to expose young minds to local, national, and international issues. Our students also benefit from the French Ministry of Education curriculum which starts formal instruction in history and geography in Grade 3.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

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        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Lycée Louis Pasteur

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Pragmatism

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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.

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Our students benefit from studying social studies and history/geography. The combination of these subjects provides students with a strong background to draw upon while contemplating contemporary issues.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Lycée Louis Pasteur

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Communicative

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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.

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Our students start formal instruction in Spanish in Grade 6. This provides our students with the opportunity to develop skills in a third language. Spanish instruction focuses on the interest of teenagers and the contents follow the recommendations set out in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. ESL instruction is also offered.


        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

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Lycée Louis Pasteur

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


        Approach

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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.

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Our Fine Arts program provides our students with the opportunity to unleash their creativity. Formal instruction in Music and Art starts in Grade 1 and continues until Grade 9.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Lycée Louis Pasteur

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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.

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        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

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Technology plays a role in all our programs. From the early years to high school, we promote good digital citizenship skills and the integration of technology to enhance student learning.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Lycée Louis Pasteur

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


        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.

        LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

        Our Physical Education program blends the best of France and North America and is an integral part of our program. Students learn traditional North American and European sports. Our students benefit from our state of the art indoor climbing wall.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Lycée Louis Pasteur

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


      Approach

      Approach

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia


      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.

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

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


      What 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.

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      Lycée Louis Pasteur offers a full-time Preschool and Kindergarten Program for children aged 3 to 5. Our program is more than a daycare: it is a passport to the world. Through games, discovery, artistic activities and a range of diverse exercises, children learn to express themselves, they acquire a broader vocabulary and discover the written word. The main goal of the Preschool/Kindergarten Program is for the child to acquire rich, organized language and to be understood by others and prepares them for the next step in their education.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Lycée Louis Pasteur

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


      Pace

      Pace

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      Student-paced


      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.

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Information not available

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Lycée Louis Pasteur

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


      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”.

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      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.

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      Information not available


      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."

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Lycée Louis Pasteur

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


      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."

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      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."

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      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.

      LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

      Lycée Louis Pasteur provides a challenging and stimulating bilingual education within a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment. We allow students to develop the skills necissary to be responsible, dynamic citizens, capable of playing an important role in the future of the world.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Bishop Strachan School

    Lycée Louis Pasteur

    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

    Lycée Louis Pasteur

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR


    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

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

    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

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

    • Climbing Club
    • 3 to 5 year old clubs - Young Rembrandts, ballet, music lessons and Yoga.
    • Leadership club where students organize charitable event to give back to the greater community.
    • Club NASA - Nasa Academy of Future Space Explorers
    • 3D Printing & Early Engineers Clubs
    • Fencing Club
    • Little Medical & Little Veterinarian School Clubs
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    40%

     

    85%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 03, 2019

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 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.

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

    We conduct an informal assessment with preschool aged children and formally test for entrance in Grade 1 and above.

    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.

    LYCéE LOUIS PASTEUR

    All linguistic backgrounds are welcome.

    No prior French exposure is needed to enroll in our Preschool and Kindergarten Programs.

    Our French Language Intensive Program (FLIP) allows us to welcome new students (Grades 1 and 2) who have little or no prior exposure to the French language. 

  • 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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