A Few Facts & Figures About BSS

Emma Hendrie

Emma Hendrie,
Associate, Student Recruiting
416-483-4325, ext. 1220
studentrecruiting@bss.on.ca

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THE ESSENCE OF BSS

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Leading the Way

On the first day of school in 1867, our founders opened their doors with the intention of educating girls and teaching them how to be leaders. It was a new idea in its day – we believed women were equals at a time when the concept was radical. There were 31 students enrolled that first year. There are over 900 this year – and each have their own ideas, their own voice and an equal place at BSS to carve out their own path.

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Our Guiding Principles

MISSION

Inspire Girls to be Fearless. Educate girls to be Leaders.

VISION

BSS will be an inspirational force for women to reach their full potential as transformative leaders.

VALUES

Pursue Excellence
Strive to be the best in all that we do.

Take Risks
Be willing to take risks, challenge convention and support a nurturing environment where it’s safe to fail.

Be Creative
Look at a challenge from all angles and fearlessly explore.

Learn from our Differences
Celebrate the unique voice in all individuals to expand our worldview.

Honour our Heritage
Honour the past, live in the present, own the future.

Embrace Change
Embrace change and uncertainty in order to grow.

Be Curious
Live with a thirst for learning.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

BSS is committed to continuing to foster a respectful, diverse and inclusive community.  Fulfilling our Vision demands that our community understands and engages with the world we live in.  We believe embracing and respecting differences honours our Anglican roots.  For our students, the value to their intellectual and ethical development of learning amid diverse perspectives is to strengthen their confidence in their own voices while respecting the voices of others. Diverse perspectives enrich our learning environment and affirm our commitment to excellence.  Our students’ futures will depend on their ability to work and live among the world’s citizens in an increasingly connected global community.

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1867

We are proud to be Canada’s oldest independent day and boarding school for girls. We wish we could share every moment from the last 150 years that has pushed us forward as a place of innovative learning, but there are just too many. Visit our Heritage page to explore our long and fascinating history.

By the way, all these fascinating facts and artifacts are stored in our stunning Museum & Archives. To get in touch for archival information or to make a donation of items, email archives@bss.on.ca.

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We know how girls learn

Our expertise comes from 150 years of teaching girls, along with ongoing research, collaboration and careful listening to our students, teachers and parents. We apply what we know to our day-to-day practices to create a welcoming and innovative place of learning. Our faculty are deliberate about helping each student experience meaningful growth so they are well prepared for life beyond BSS. Read up on learning and teaching at BSS.

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In good company

We maintain high standards of ethics and programming, so partner with organizations of integrity that share the values and excellence we have aspired to since 1867. We are proudly accredited by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools – read an excerpt from their latest accreditation report.

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