The world needs great women. It starts at The Study. Founded in 1915 and one of Canada’s premier girls’ schools, The Study fosters the development of character, confidence and visionary thinking. Dedicated teachers offer a warm and stimulating mother-tongue bilingual environment to students from Kindergarten to Grade 11. OPEN HOUSE EVENTS 2021: please email for details, [email protected] NOTE: Certificate of Eligibility for English Instruction is NOT required (K-Grade 11).
Academic Excellence / Enriched Curriculum / AP courses: Calculus, Chemistry, French
Mother tongue bilingual programme where fluency and accuracy in both languages is established
Makerspace & Innovation Lab: engaged learning spaces, students focus on design thinking & coding
The ARTS where imagination and curiosity is stimulated
Leadership development programme: students acquire skills and values they can count on
Technology is fully integrated in curriculum, laptop program starts in Grade 5
Exceptional student experiences where students' global consciousness is developed
Athletics: culture of fitness, wellness & competency in competitive/non competitive sports
After school programme includes ballet, drama, mad science & more
The name sounds generic, and, historically at least, it was. In 1915 Margaret Gascoigne began her school—there were just six students that year—in the study of her home. In 1922 the school moved to a permanent location on Seaforth where it remained for close to 40 years until it moved to its present one in 1960. (The whole story is told and illustrated in the aptly titled, No Ordinary School: The Study 1915-2015, published to mark the school’s centennial.)
In a sense, Gascoigne provided the same thing then that the school does now: a bilingual education for girls. Though, yes, that alone doesn’t present the half of it. Through the years The Study sought to chart its own path, while at the same time creating a path for the girls that attended. They weren’t being educated to be shrinking violets, but rather to find their voices and, to some extent, transcend the times and circumstances that they were living within. And, they did, with alumnae prominent in fields that run the breadth of Canadian life. That tradition of forthright leaders and students certainly remains today. Part of the charm of the school is that tradition, one that is apparent throughout the school. The school may be a century old, but the program remains at the cutting edge of education. The ideal student is one who can rise to the challenges that the school presents.
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at The Study: Progressive
The Study has a Progressive approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Liberal Arts, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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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.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Progressive - 28%   Traditional - 42%   Liberal arts - 17%   Montessori - 10%   Reggio Emilia - 1%   Waldorf - 2%
What The Study says: The Study’s bilingual programme begins in Kindergarten. Students have two homeroom teachers and spend approximately half the day in English and the other half in French. The goal is to establish fluency and accuracy in both languages by offering mother tongue programmes in both English and French. The curriculum is organized into themes and subjects are interrelated through learning activities with a central focus of interest. Learning situations are process-oriented with the intention of encouraging the children to explore, experiment, solve problems and absorb new ideas and concepts. Computer technology is widely integrated at all levels through the use of class sets of laptops and/or iPads.
In the Senior School, students follow an enriched programme of studies. At each grade level, students take enriched French language courses and are offered at least two other subjects in French. A compulsory third language option (Mandarin or Spanish) is also a curriculum requirement for grades 7 and 8. Each student is provided with her own laptop to take advantage of technological resources to enrich her learning.
Sex and health education approach at The Study: Quebec curriculum
The Study has a Quebec curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Does not follow prrovincialcurriculum approach).
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The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Follows provincial curriculum - 55%   Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 45%
Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral
The Study has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
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By and large, students are taught about sex free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. The school doesn't impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on students when teaching sex and related issues.
What The Study says: This information is not currently available.
Preschools and kindergartens tend to have a particular curriculum or curricular approach. This refers to what is taught and how it's taught. Most preschools have a curriculum that comprises a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. A preschool's curriculum may or may not, though, reflect its higher-level curriculum (if it's part of a school with elementary or secondary programs)
Preschool/K Curriculum approach at The Study: Play-based
The Study has a Play-based approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Academic approach).
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Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at The Study: Accelerated
The Study has an Accelerated approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Standard-enriched, Student-paced approach).
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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).
What The Study says: Advanced Placement (AP) streaming begins in grade 7. The AP programme offers students the opportunity to study college level curricula in secondary school. AP exams are offered in Calculus, Chemistry and French.
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
What The Study says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at The Study: Rigorous
The Study has a Rigorous approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Supportive approach).
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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”.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Rigorous - 49%   Supportive - 51%
What The Study says: This information is not currently available.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
What The Study says: This information is not currently available.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
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.
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."
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 (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)
What The Study says: Note: The Study offers a Sports Flex program for gifted athletes with strong academic records. Students in the program are excused from certain classes so that they can participate in their required intensive outside training programs and competitions. The Study currently has gifted athletes in tennis, skiing, skating, equestrian and gymnastic programs.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
Competitive sports: 15 Recreational sports: 9
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
The Study offers 18 clubs and extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
What The Study says about their tuition: This information is not currently available.
Need-based financial aid
Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
4 to 11
Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid
This school works with Apple Financial . for processing financial applications World-class academic institutions such as ours recognize that the most outstanding young minds and great spirits deserve the opportunity to excel, despite their families' financial circumstances. At The Study, we are proudly committed to removing barriers of accessibility. The decision to award a bursary is based on a family's demonstrated financial need, as determined by an independent third-party assessment. Parents are asked to fill out an online application, with Apple Financial (FACS). The third-party provider will analyse your personal situation and make a recommendation to our Head of School on a confidential basis.
Eligibility Details: Students grade 4 to 10—Scholarships recognize outstanding academic results and promise and in most cases are renewable. This is provided that the recipient's academic work and contribution to the school remains at a high standard. Available at various grade levels to both new and returning students. The Study is committed to removing barriers of accessibility.
For more details, visit:www.thestudy.qc.ca/en/admissions/bursaries.php?p=304
These scholarships are up to $5000 and awarded annually to incoming students (grades 7) on the basis of overall academic excellence as evidenced by the entrance exam scores and potential to contribute to school life. These scholarships are renewable for three years provided the student maintains high academic standing.
(Full scholarship & renewable for five years)
A full scholarship is awarded to the top new student entering Grade 7 and is based on current report card, a personal letter of intent, an application and results of the entrance exam. The value of the full scholarship will be applied against school fees each year until the student graduates, provided that she continues to achieve proficiency standing and actively participates in school life, and is awarded every three years. It will be awarded next for students entering September 2017.
For more details, visit:thestudy.qc.ca/docs/Scholarship_E-v-2.pdf
Current students entering grade 10 are eligible to apply for this $1,000 scholarship, awarded for academic merit and based on an essay and a personal interview. The scholarship is renewable for a further year provided the student maintains high academic standing.
For more details, visit:thestudy.qc.ca/docs/Scholarship_E-v-2.pdf
Current Study students entering grade 7 are eligible to write a Board of Governors essay in either French or English. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student based on her essay as well as a personal interview. This scholarship is renewable for three years provided the student maintains high academic standing.
For more details, visit:https://thestudy.qc.ca/docs/Scholarship_E-v-2.pdf
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
K to Gr. 11
Average class size
12 to 20
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
Complete our online application, and be sure to include the supporting documents. NOTE: The Study is accepting applications from mission-appropriate girls in all grades for the 2017-2018 academic year, regardless of eligibility standing.
Interview and assessment; once we receive your daughter's application we will set up an interview and individualized assessment. Students applying for grades 4-11 will spend the day as a Study girl!
Welcome! Shortly after your daughter's interview and assessment you will be notified of your daughter's acceptance to The Study.
Acceptance Rate: 50%
This is the percentage of applicants typically accepted into the school. So if 50 students are admitted out of 100 applicants, the school has an overall acceptance rate of 50%.
Student Entry Points
This shows approximately how many openings there are likely to be in each grade in a typical year, as well as the estimated acceptance rate for each grade level.
Day Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
Type of student The Study is looking for:
The Study wants to meet girls who want to become great women.
Where graduates of a school do their post-secondary studies can be an important factor in choosing a private school. Do you want your child to go to a Canadian university, an Ivy league school in the US, or some other institute? Regardless of your inclinations, take a look at a school’s university placement record, and the services they offer to support university applications and decisions.
Average graduating class size
Students accepted into post-secondary studies upon graduation
Percentage of students who attend post-secondary institutions outside of Canada
Students who attended a Ivy+ school
Number of students in the past 5 years that that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)
24% - Liberal Arts and Sciences 25% - Engineering and Applied Sciences 25% - Business/Commerce 5% - Fine and Performing Arts 14% - Applied Health Sciences 2% - Applied Professional Studies (Post-grad certificate / diploma) 6% - Other
Esteemed member of the Order of Canada and tireless volunteer most notably with the MUHC and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Recipient of the 2009 Top 20 Under 20 Award which annually recognizes 20 of Canada's youth who have a meaningful impact on society.
The Study Old Girls' Association aims to foster and maintain a lifelong bond between The Study and alumnae (Old Girls) through social, professional and fundraising initiatives that reflect the unique values and vitality of the school, and that allow Old Girls to remain connected to a strong, global Study community.
There are more than 3,000 Study Old Girls living in 30 countries around the world and working in every conceivable industry. The Study Old Girls' Association (SOGA) exists to support that network and help prepare our current students for life after The Study.
Welcome to The Study! I hope you will soon discover our dynamic and outward looking school committed to our mission of supporting the development of young women as leaders, as innovators and life-long learners. It is in that powerful mission that The Study continually moves forward with great enthusiasm, always aware of the link between our success and the formidable culture of pride that has existed in The Study community for over 100 years.
Our enriched curriculum coupled with an exceptional bilingual learning environment and a positive atmosphere of mental, physical and emotional balance, nurtures each girl's capacity to be academically successful and well rounded.
The breadth and depth of The Study's curriculum, along with its goal to inspire intellectual curiosity and exploration, is the hallmark of the school experience for each of our students. At The Study, every girl benefits from the care and guidance of teachers who are dedicated to fostering a love of learning, each and every day.
The world needs great women, and girls can count on a great start at The Study.