The Bishop Strachan School

298 Lonsdale Rd.
Toronto M4V1X2, Canada
Tel: 416-483-4325
  • Welcome to The Bishop Strachan School (BSS), Canada`s oldest independent day and boarding school for girls. We exist to inspire girls to be fearless and educate them to be leaders. We believe strongly 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 teaching approach.
  • We believe in learning beyond the classroom, in big ideas and little victories, in solving real problems and inspiring new ways of doing things. And most of all, we believe in growth and discovery even, and especially, in the face of life`s challenges. It`s how our girls find their voice, their drive, themselves.
  • Day and boarding students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 have the opportunity to learn, explore and mature in a creative and challenging environment.
  • In academics, arts and athletics, BSS has assembled an extraordinary faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to give each student the resources and atmosphere that encourage her to be her very best.
  • There is a wide range of Advanced Placement courses available as well as a full co-curricular program that includes countless clubs, teams and activities to keep your daughter engaged in the life of the school.
  • BSS stresses community service as a cornerstone to helping our students mature and learn in a variety of settings.
  • With a diverse student body, BSS is home to students from Africa, Mexico, the Middle East, Asia and many other parts of the world.
  • With the right education, girls who want to change the world become women who do.
  • If you seek a school that will ensure that your daughter will emerge a well-rounded, confident and academically competitive young woman, visit

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2017 School Data
The Bishop Strachan School
School FocusCollege Preparatory
Grades (Boarding)Grades 9-12
School TypeAll-girls
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Religious AffiliationAnglican
Year Founded1867
Campus Size7 acres

Student Body

Enrollment900 students
% Students Boarding

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
Average Class Size20 students
Teacher : Student Ratio1:12
Number of AP Courses Offered8
ESL Courses OfferedYes
Summer Program OfferedYes


Endowment Size$11 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(denoted in Canadian dollars)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(denoted in Canadian dollars)
Tuition international students$60,130
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$15,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYes


Application DeadlineNone / Rolling
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNo
SSAT ScoreYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsMr. Lindsay A. Thierry
Associate Director of AdmissionsMs. Suzanne Ranson

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered20 Interscholastic Sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Badminton, Ballet, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations51 Extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsAmbassadors Club, Animation Club, Archery Club, Archive Club, Art Club, Arts and Clubs Coordinators, Athletic Coordinators, Chapel, Classics Club, Climbing Club, Cooking Club, Dance Club, Debate Club, Drama Club, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Film Club, Folk group, French Club, Green Team, Hosts, House Coordinators, Household Arts and Crafts, Intermediate Band, Intermediate choir, Italian Club,

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • We are located in the heart of Toronto, in a safe residential neighbourhood. BSS knows how girls learn and believes they can do anything. Offering day and boarding students from JK to Grade 12 the opportunity to learn, explore and mature in a creative and challenging environment, BSS girls are accepted to top-ranking universities around the world, many with scholarship offers.
  • Our co-curricular program includes extensive sports facilities, community service, choirs, bands, outdoor education, drama, debating and a wealth of leadership opportunities. 
  • The school's $11 million endowment provides financial aid and scholarship to qualified applicants.
  • Would you like to know more about our school's surroundings? Find more information about the city of Toronto!
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  • School accreditations: CAIS, TABS, NAIS, CIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Lin Chi-Ling (Class of 1993) - Taiwanese Model and Actress
    • Dr. Joan WHITTEN Miller (Class of 1976) - Macular Degeneration Specialist, Harvard Medicine
    • Valerie PRINGLE (Class of 1971) - Canadian television host and journalist
    • Margaret WENTE (Class of 1968) - Columnist for The Globe and Mail
    • Veronica TENNANT (Class of 1964) - Prima Ballerina at the National Ballet Company
    • Margot NUNNS Northey (Class of 1957) - Former Dean of Queen's School of Business
    • Ann SOUTHAM (Class of 1955) - Famous Canadian Composer
    • Beatrice Helen WORSLEY (Class of 1939) - First female computer scientist in Canada
    • Margaret Campbell (Class of 1930) - Municipal and Provincial Politician
    • Emily MURPHY (Class of 1886) - Canadian Women's Wrights Activist, the British Empire's first female judge and one of the Famous Five
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