BSS knows how girls learn, and believes they can do anything. With over 140 years of experience helping young women become leaders, BSS is among the premier girls' schools in North America. 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. Visit for more information.

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. If you seek a school that will ensure that your daughter will emerge a well-rounded, confident and academically competitive young woman, visit With the right education, girls who want to change the world become women who do.


Contact: Karen Powell
Phone: 416-483-4325 ext.1220
Toll Free:
Fax: 416-481-5632

Application Deadline: Rolling
Application Fee: $180
International Application Fee: $180


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Saturday Classes: no
Summer Programs Offered: no

Campus Life

Boarding is a life-changing experience. Surrounded by girls from all over the world, BSS girls in Boarding are immersed in a variety of cultures, traditions and ways of thinking. In a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment, the girls forge powerful friendships and create learning experiences that last a lifetime.

BSS Boarding focuses on fostering individual responsibility and independence in a supportive and inclusive environment. Each girl becomes part of a house system, which is part of a larger surrogate family environment where learning is celebrated and risk taking is safe.

Nestled in the Forest Hill Village neighbourhood of Toronto provides students with all the benefits of a major cosmopolitan city in a smaller intimate village atmosphere.

Boarding is available for students in Grades 7-12 and currently accepting applications. Needs based scholarships are available for outstanding young women.

Dorm Life

Department Director: Linda MacDonald
Average Students Per Dorm: 75
No. of Girls Dorms: 1
Dress Code:  Uniform

Student Life

There are opportunities for every girl to have a sense of belonging and feel at home at BSS.

BSS’ Boarding Program revolves around the foundations of Wellness, Exploration, Leadership and Diversity.

Wellness includes finding balance and developing essential life skills to nourish mind, body and spirit. Girls have the social and emotional support they need in our close-knit community to succeed in life.

Exploration includes being curious, taking risks and trying new things. BSS girls celebrate the challenges of learning and embrace the problems that confront us in learning and in life.

Leadership is a big part of life at BSS. We create a forum that gives all our boarders opportunities to excel. Girls are keen participants in all aspect of the
School and recognize the benefits of being an active participant in school life.

Diversity is paramount to the BSS community. Life in Boarding goes beyond the curriculum, making learning real, relevant and purposeful. Girls in Boarding develop a strong respect and empathy for views of others, and have improved conflict resolution skills. The Boarding program provides exciting weekend activities and excursions in which girls can participate.

Since learning is a preparation for life, living in a community with girls from around the world gives BSS Boarders the confidence and preparation to thrive in university and beyond. Strong friendships are established and lifelong bonds are formed with girls from all over the world.

Boarding at BSS is a community built on friendships, belonging, and opportunities for learning. We showcase and celebrate uniqueness and individuality.

Dorm Amenities
  • Kitchenette, Fitness Centre (personal trainer)
  • Game Room
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lounge
  • Wireless Internet
  • Ice Skating/Hockey Facilities
  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Dance Studio, Theatre
  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Indoor Basketball Court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor Pool
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
Clubs & Organizations
  • DECA
  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Club
  • Classics Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Food Council
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • International Clubs
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • Science Bowl
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Theater
  • Yearbook

Arts & Athletics

BSS has been renowned for its vibrant arts program for many years. Building on that established strength, the program now incorporates a vast collection of both traditional and new forms of artistic expression, allowing girls to explore myriad media from theatre, film, dance, digital arts, music, and much more. 

Evidence is undeniable that participation in sports and fitness are crucial to a growing girl's self-esteem, confidence and overall mental, emotional and physical health. We know that exercise improves cognitive ability and is also a powerful reliever of stress and anxiety. BSS provides students a wide variety of opportunities to participate in athletics.

Arts Department Director: Paul Toth
Athletics Department Director: Jane King

Interscholastic Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Curling
  • Dance
  • Field Hockey
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Dance
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting
  • Strings, Jazz Choir, Folk Group
  • A Cappella Group
  • Art Club
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Folk Music Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Stage Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater

College Info

Summer Programs

Earning a credit or brushing up on valuable skills at one of Canada’s foremost independent schools will be an incredible experience. BSS’s co-ed Summer Academy is the perfect place to learn, have fun and get ahead.

Department Director: Vanessa Vanclief

The Bishop Strachan School Summer Academy

Earning a credit or brushing up on valuable skills at one of Canada’s foremost independent schools will be an incredible experience. BSS’s co-ed Summer Academy is the perfect place to learn, have fun and get ahead.

Registration Deadline: n/a
Tuition: $1295 
Financial Aid Available: No
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The Scholarship Program at BSS is designed to encourage and reward students who demonstrate exceptional achievements in specific areas. BSS has Needs and Merit scholarships available to all Senior School (Grade 7 – 12) applicants. Needs Scholarships for Admission Needs Scholarships (Grade 7 – 12) are awarded to girls who have demonstrated excellence in learning, involvement in extra-curricular activities and have shared a desire to attend BSS. All Needs Scholarships are evaluated based on financial need of the family and must be applied to through an independent third party, Apple Financial Services. Please note: Applications to Apple Financial must be submitted at the same time as the BSS application. Merit Scholarships for Admissions Merit Scholarships are evaluated based on academic achievement and application based on the criteria for the scholarship. All Merit Scholarships have been awarded for the 2014-15 school year. For more informations visit: