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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    University of Toronto Schools

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1867

     

    1910


     

    Enrolment

     

    938

     

    660


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    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.
     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

     

    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

     

    20 to 22


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    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

     

    $29,300


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $59,530 to $62,250

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    7%

     

    20%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $15,000

     

    $12,250

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    63

     

    110


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    7%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    40%

     

    20%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 03, 2019

     

    Dec 03, 2019


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    University of Toronto Schools

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    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.
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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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    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.

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    UTS began its life in 1910 as a laboratory school within the University of Toronto department of education. Then, as now, it shared a building with that faculty. When it was founded the intention was that there would ultimately be more than one school, including a girls' school, as the initial enrollment was just boys. Hence the plural "schools" in the name, though there has only ever been one. UTS is remarkable for all kinds of reasons, including an alumni that includes 2 Nobel Laureates, twenty Rhodes Scholars, eleven Olympians, and three ambassadors. In the century since it was founded, UTS weathered some interesting times, including student protests in the 1960s. At one point a student presented the headmaster with a blank sheet of paper saying "this is a list of our demands." It might sound a bit silly now, but the school was at the centre of the debates that would, in time, bring some important advances to public schooling in Canada, including the abolition of matriculation exams and a 4-year secondary school program (rather than 5). Those changes, and many others, are symbolic of the school's excellence, and it remains one of the foremost schools in the country. While not a gifted school, at least in name, the ideal student is one who thrives within a challenging, brisk academic environment. 

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    University of Toronto Schools

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    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

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    • UTS is the only independent school located downtown and affiliated with a university (U of T)
    • Rigorous and enriched curriculum which provides additional depth and breadth of learning
    • Needs-based financial assistance of $1.4 M (5%-100% of tuition) provided to 20% of students
    • Three arts starting in Grade 7, Latin starting in Grade 8; Physical Education from Grades 7 to 11
    • Interdisciplinary Themes in Grade 7 and 8, which address significant global challenges
    • Access to University of Toronto libraries, athletic facilities, and learning partnerships
    • Guidance courses in Grade 11 & 12 to support students for university admissions and life beyond UTS
    • The option to complete an AP Capstone Diploma in addition to the UTS Diploma and OSSD
    • Extensive co-curricular activities, athletic programs, and experiential education program
    • Opportunities for students to audit and take courses, as well as conduct research at the U of T

    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.

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    Founded in 1910, University of Toronto Schools is proudly affiliated with U of T and offers a transformative education to high-achieving students in Grades 7 to 12. UTS graduates take initiative and innovate as socially-responsible global citizens. Through a financially-accessible merit-based admissions process, UTS proactively identifies and works with underrepresented schools and neighbourhoods. It continues to be a destination school, drawing students from different socio-economic backgrounds and cultures.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    The Bishop Strachan School

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    University of Toronto Schools

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    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.

    I get a feeling of pure joy sitting in my office, listening to the sounds of the school reverberating around me. Whether it’s the locker doors slamming shut, the melodic sounds of musical instruments tuning up and getting in sync, or a Student Services lunchtime feast in the foyer. These are but a few of the reminders of our school’s vitality and inclusive harmony.

    UTS is an empowering, transformative institution; built by the people who comprise our community. Students converge at UTS from all over the GTA. They are critical thinkers who are curious, creative, and collaborative. Their synergetic support of one another produces remarkable results. Our brilliant educators care deeply about their students as individuals, preparing them for a future as global citizens. 

    The UTS community also includes parents and guardians who are active and devoted to education, as the UTS Parents Association contributes immeasurably to school life. Our alumni and the UTS Alumni Association give back in countless ways, including mentorship, support, and advocacy for the school. I am frequently reminded of how UTS was pivotal to their growth and development, and am enamoured that their UTS friendships endure far beyond graduation.

    Our illustrious history – and, through the renewed Affiliation Agreement, our present and future – is closely connected with the University of Toronto. We are grateful that our various partnerships with U of T professors, departments, and facilities enrich the UTS curricula. We remain steadfast in our commitment to continually expand and prosper.

    Community and commitment, caring and learning: UTS is music to my ears!

    If you would like to learn more about UTS, and discover if it is the right fit for your child, we are waiting to hear from you.

    Email me at [email protected], or call me directly at 416 946-7396.

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    PRINCIPAL

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

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      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      Information not available

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      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.

      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN 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.

      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

      UTS provides an environment for high-achieving students to realize their potential through its enriched curriculum (including AP courses) and wide range of co-curricular opportunities. UTS graduates take initiative and innovate as socially-responsible global citizens.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        University of Toronto Schools

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        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.

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        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

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        Through study of mathematics at UTS, students will develop the mathematical concepts and skills required of knowledgeable citizens and become prepared for successful studies in university. There is a dual emphasis on application of mathematics to real world applications such as personal finance, statistics and computer science and recognition of the beauty of pattern, shape and design inherent in pure mathematics. In addition to developing computational skills, students will develop their critical thinking abilities and reasoning techniques through study of problem-solving involving numerical analysis, algebra and geometry. For those students showing a keen interest and/or extraordinary mathematical ability, the department sponsors a student-run mathematics club, and encourages participation in local, provincial, national and international mathematical contests. Please see page 50 of our Course calendar on our website for course details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        No textbooks used for math courses.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        University of Toronto Schools

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


        Approach


        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.

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        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

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        Studies in General Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are offered at the academic and university preparation levels in order to prepare students for University. The aim of these courses is to involve students in the process and philosophy of science while learning the factual knowledge relevant to the courses. Courses will include laboratory investigations, discussions, seminars, and research projects. In the senior grades it may be possible for students to undertake more extensive investigations. Please see page 54 of our Course calendar on our website for details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf


        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

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        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

        University of Toronto Schools

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Social Justice


        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.

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        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

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        In our study of literature and language at UTS, the principal objective is the development of an inquiring and perceptive mind. Clarity, depth, and creativity in oral and written expression are valued. Through reading, speaking, listening, writing, and the exploration of various media, students will be encouraged to reflect upon the nature of the human experience. Please see page 27 of our Course calendar on our website for details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf


        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

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

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        University of Toronto Schools

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Pragmatism


        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.

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        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

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        The school’s Vision and Mission calls upon students to become socially responsible global citizens. Social responsibility and global citizenship are the core subject matter of UTS’ offerings in Canadian and World Studies which seek to build, by reflecting upon the past, understanding the present, and planning for the future, competencies in the skills, knowledge, and attitudes we require to make effective decisions fully aware of their implications for ourselves and the wider communities of which we are a part. At the senior level, Canadian and World Studies offers a number of courses in specialized disciplines, including Civics, Law, Politics, Economics and Philosophy. This specialization exposes students to the study of various social science and humanities disciplines which they may choose to pursue in further depth at the university level. Please see page 21 of our Course calendar on our website for details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf

      • Foreign Languages

         

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        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        University of Toronto Schools

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Communicative


        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.

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        The goal of the French program is to give students the opportunity to become functionally bilingual, to achieve a high degree of proficiency. Learning cooperatively is an essential part of this program. The German and Spanish programs provide students with opportunities to develop thinking, analytical and communication skills in everyday and literary usage of these languages. Students will acquire a high degree of language proficiency. In addition to classroom, computer lab and library research activities, additional language immersion experiences are offered. The Latin program offers students the opportunity to study the foundation language and culture of the Romans, Extensive work in etymology and linguistic comparison direct the students to make connections between Latin and English and other modern languages. See page 42 of our Course calendar: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf


        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

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        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

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        University of Toronto Schools

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


        Approach


        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.

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        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

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        Expressive Arts at the University of Toronto Schools includes Drama, Interdisciplinary Studies (Art and Design), Music and Visual Arts. Students develop creative and critical thinking skills and apply the creative process through these subject areas while building on vital forms of communication. The development of dramatic, musical, interdisciplinary and visual literacy enables students to foster awareness and appreciation in the arts in their own and other cultures. In producing their own creative works, they communicate their insights while developing artistic skills and aesthetic judgment. Please see page 32 of our Course calendar on our website for details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

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        University of Toronto Schools

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


        Approach

        Approach

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Heavy 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.

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        Computer science courses at UTS provide a detailed look at the principles of computing with an eye toward possible careers in scientific or computer related fields. Throughout each course a conscious effort is made to focus on concepts and principles that will be of lasting value in the face of changes and improvements in technology. Additional enrichment opportunities in Computer Science at UTS are available through student run clubs when there is sufficient interest and computing contests when it is feasible to offer them. Please see page 53 of our Course calendar on our website for details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        The Bishop Strachan School

        THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

        University of Toronto Schools

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


        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.

        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

        The aim of the Health and Physical Education program is to encourage students to enjoy being physically active and to motivate them to be more physically active on a regular basis. The program emphasizes regular participation and involvement in a variety of enjoyable physical activities. The program strives to meet the needs of young people by providing a balanced curriculum of individual and group activities. These activities stress ways to improve physical fitness, competence and awareness in conjunction with relevant health issues and leadership opportunities. Classes will use the school gym, Robert Street playing field, swimming pool and Ridley Fitness Centre. Motor skill development, physical fitness, and living skills are all integral parts of the curriculum. See page 39 of our Course calendar on our website for details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

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      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      University of Toronto Schools

      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


      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.


      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.

      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      The Bishop Strachan School

      THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

      University of Toronto Schools

      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


      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”.

      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

      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.

      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

      The University of Toronto Schools is a community of active learners. Most students are best described as high achieving, with many identified as gifted. They truly enjoy both the academic and co-curricular program. UTS students excel in many areas as demonstrated by the variety of prizes and awards won at the National and International level.


      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."

      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

      "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

      University of Toronto Schools

      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


      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."

      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

      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."

      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

      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.

      UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

      Vision Statement UTS is a transformative learning community focused on intellectual growth and individual development. We build on a tradition of academic distinction and leadership to develop socially responsible, global citizens.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

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

    The Bishop Strachan School

    University of Toronto Schools

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

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    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    University of Toronto Schools

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Information not available


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

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

    THE BISHOP STRACHAN SCHOOL

    Information not available

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    UTS employs a full school support model. Students with identified learning differences will receive accommodations, as recommended by a psych-educational assessment. UTS makes very effort to support the needs of every student.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    The Bishop Strachan School

    University of Toronto Schools

    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

    University of Toronto Schools

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS


    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

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    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

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    • Other Clubs and Extracurricular Programming include:Amnesty Club;Best Buddies; Classics Society; Dance Committee; Dramatic Productions, including "The Show" (yearly musical theatre production written, choreographed and created independently by UTS students); Gay-Straight Alliance; Gender Equity Committee; Modern Language Newspaper ("Echo"); Music: Bands, Choirs, Orchestras; Public Speaking; Publicity Club; Reach for the Top Team; South Ontario Model Assembly (SOMA); Stage Crew; The Cuspidor (monthly student newspaper); The Twig (student yearbook); UTS Wellness Committee
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    40%

     

    20%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 03, 2019

     

    Dec 03, 2019


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades JK - 11

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    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.

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    We admit students on the basis of academic and overall performance. Our students are intellectually curious, eager to take initiative, and supportive of one another, with strong character skills and self-awareness.

    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.

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    Eligibility requirements

    Applicants must:

    • Be legal residents of Canada (citizen or landed immigrant/permanent resident)

    • Live with a parent or legal guardian (documentation required if living with a legal guardian) 

    Items required:

    • Private tour (optional) - virtual tours are now available
    • SSAT scores from the current year
    • Report cards from the previous four years
    • In-school Math and English entrance exam
    • Multiple mini interviews

  • 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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    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCHOOLS

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Donald Agnew (1915)
    Brigadier-General and Commandant of Royal Military College (RMC)
    Chris Alexander (1986)
    Ambassador to Afghanistan. Federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Officer of the Order of Canada.
    Alexander Charles Baillie (1957)
    CEO of TD Bank Financial Group. 12th Chancellor of Queen's University.
    Ian Brodie (1985)
    Chief of Staff in Stephen Harper's Prime Minister's Office
    Jim Chamberlin (1933)
    Aerodynamicist and key player in the design of the Avro Arrow
    Sujit Choudhry (1988)
    Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law. Rhodes Scholar.
    John Robert Evans (1947)
    9th President of the University of Toronto. Helped create the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Member of the Order of Canada. Rhodes Scholar.
    James Fleck (1949)
    Chairman and CEO of Fleck Manufacturing Inc. Chairman of ATI Technologies Inc. Harvard Business School professor. Noted philanthropist and activist. Officer of the Order of Canada.
    David Frum (1978)
    Journalist, political commentator, and speechwriter for George W. Bush.
    John Tory (1972)
    Mayor of Toronto. Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Radio talkshow host on CFRB. President and CEO of Rogers Media.
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