The Bishop Strachan School (BSS), has been inspiring young women 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. Utilizing emergent technologies, BSS offers an integrative approach to learning, with STEAM-focused learning spaces, a Centre for Arts and Design and multimedia and film labs. BSS has developed a research-based set of programs that focus on the mental, physical and spiritual wellness of our students. We foster a sense of belonging into all aspects of the BSS experience. By providing student support, we guide and encourage girls to reach their own goals and full potential. With many co-curriculars and experiential learning opportunities, a BSS education is second to none. Every student can expect support to try a new sport or train at a competitive level. We strongly believe in the arts, and students can discover their talents and embrace new skills. Our 7.5 acres have outstanding facilities and technologies, including a theatre, dance studio, gymnasiums, indoor pool and fitness centre. BSS students have the time of their lives!
- 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
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.