Academics

Summer Academy

The Bishop Strachan School campus heats up in July and August, and it’s not just the weather. Summer Academy at BSS is an exceptional way to get ahead, catch up or explore something completely different.
We welcome students entering Grades 9 to 12 – boys and girls from across Ontario and beyond – to our beautiful campus every summer for outstanding learning in four-week Credit Courses and one-week Skills Programs. Click the links below to register today!

BSS Credit Courses

Summer Academy Credit Courses offer students the opportunity to earn a credit applicable towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma in just under a month. With a wide array of courses to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

Courses are available online (through eLearning Consortium Canada) or in a blended learning format (in-person instruction on campus in the morning, followed by remote learning in the afternoon). In online courses, students learn through synchronous instruction by BSS teachers and/or asynchronously. As we continue to follow public health and COVID-19 regulations, blended learning courses may change to full online learning.

Students may only enrol in one class per month and one math class over the summer.

Tuition Fees
$1,465 (excluding books, field trips and supplies)
Refunds available until May 14. See the FAQ for more details.
Schedule
June 28 - July 23 (July 1 holiday)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Summatives week of July 19

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  • Grade 9

    • General Learning Strategies - Blended
    • Principles of Mathematics 9 (MPM1D) - Blended and online options
    • Food & Nutrition - Blended
    • Exploring Family Studies - Blended
    • Hospitality and Tourism - Blended
    • Health Care - Blended
  • Grade 10

    • Canadian History Since World War I - Blended and online options
    • Civics and Citizenship  / Career Studies - Must be taken together, online only
    • Principles of Mathematics 10 - Blended and online options
    • Grade 10 Science - Blended and online options
    • Hospitality and Tourism - Blended
    • Health Care - Blended
  • Grade 11

    • Biology - Blended and NEW online options
    • Chemistry - Blended and online options
    • Physics - Blended and online options
    • Functions - Blended and online options
  • Grade 12

    • English - Online
    • Advanced Functions - Blended and online options
    • Data Management - Online
    • Physics - Online
Click here for a full list of course descriptions. Please note that course instructors are not confirmed until later in the spring.

Global Online Academy

BSS is a member of the Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of leading independent schools whose mission is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.

Summer classes with GOA offer flexible, meaningful learning that suits your schedule. Please note that GOA courses are virtual (asynchronous) only. Students must register for a GOA summer course through BSS in order to earn a credit in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC3O) from BSS.

August One-Week Skills Programs

For students entering Grades 9 through 12, a one-week program provides a quick and effective opportunity to dramatically improve skills in math.

For students entering Grade 8 who will be taking Grade 9 math, please contact mdias@bss.on.ca about applying for Math Essential Skills.

These non-credit programs consist of practical activities and exercises, designed by teachers who know what students need in order to succeed in credit courses. Each program follows a blended learning format, with in-person learning in the morning, followed by synchronous and asynchronous online learning in the afternoon.

Tuition Fees
$425 (excluding books, field trips and supplies)
Refunds available until July 23. See the FAQ for more details.
Schedule
August 23 - August 27
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How do I register for a BSS Summer Academy credit course?

    First apply online and pay the tuition to confirm registration. Print the supplementary form and send it in with a copy of your most recent report card.

    Please note that on the supplementary form there is a space for a signature from your school’s Principal or Guidance Counsellor which you will need to obtain before submitting your forms.
  • When is the deadline to register for BSS Summer Academy?

    We do not have a deadline. As long as a course is running and there is room in the class, you are welcome to register before the first day of classes. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis so it is best to register as early as possible.
  • What does sufficient enrolment mean?

    We aim to have a minimum of six students before we declare a course will run during the summer.
  • When do we find out if a BSS Summer Academy course is or is not running?

    Once we have declared that a course will definitely be offered, we will mail out a confirmation package to you. Most courses are confirmed in early May but decisions can happen as late as June.
     
    We aim to let registered students know by the end of May or early June if we do not think we will get sufficient enrolment to run a course. The final date to declare a course will not be running is May 21.
  • What is the BSS Summer Academy refund policy?

    A refund (minus a $50 administration fee) will only be granted until the following dates:
    • BSS Credit Courses - May 14, 2021
    • Global Online Academy Courses - TBC
    • August One-Week Skills Programs - July 23, 2021
    If the Credit Course or Program is cancelled a full refund will be granted.
  • Are BSS Summer Academy programs only open to girls?

    Both the Credit Courses and the One-Week Skills Programs are open to boys and girls from public and independent schools.
  • What does technology do I need to take credit courses at BSS Summer Academy?

    Laptops are not required for in-person learning at BSS, but students will need access to a device at home for synchronous and asynchronous afternoon lessons. In general, we require an Apple computer (2015 or newer) with MacOS Mojave 10.14 or newer, for speed, compatibility and security. Other devices are acceptable, but require assessment by the BSS Technology and Innovation team to ensure it passes the security and privacy requirements of the school.

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