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.

Questions? Contact us at summeracademy@bss.on.ca. Please note, we have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy in place for employees and students, unless official documentation of a medical exemption is provided and can be accommodated.

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.

At this time, Credit Courses will be offered in either face-to-face or online options. Please see the course listings for more detail. As we continue to follow public health regulations regarding COVID-19, in-person courses may change to online learning. Online courses are taught by BSS teachers and delivered through either Brightspace (the BSS learning management system) or e-Learning Consortium Canada (ELCC). Online courses include a combination of daily synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Registration
Closes on Wednesday, June 29 at 5:00 pm
Tuition Fees Early Bird Tuition (ends May 24): $1,495
Regular Tuition: $1,595
Fees exclude books and supplies. Refunds available until May 23. See the FAQ for more details.
Schedule July 4 - 29
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Summatives week of July 25
Please note: Current BSS students register for Summer Academy courses through the regular course selection process. Registration is complete when payment for Summer Academy courses is received. If BSS students have any questions about the registration process, they may contact their school counsellor.

All other students outside BSS may register by clicking the button below.

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  • Grade 9

    • Grade 9 Math (MTH1W) - In person
  • Grade 10

    • Canadian History Since World War I (CHC2D) - In person
    • Civics and Citizenship (CHV2Oe)  / Career Studies (GLC2Oe) - Must be taken together, online only (Almost full)
    • Grade 10 Science (SNC2D) - In person (Full)
  • Grade 11

    • Functions (MCR3U) - In person
    • Biology (SBI3U) - In person
    • Chemistry (SCH3U) - In person (Almost full)

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 and French.

For students entering Grade 8 who will be taking Grade 9 math, please contact summeracademy@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. This year, programs will be offered face-to-face on campus. 

Registration
Open until Friday, July 15
Tuition Fees $475 
Fees exclude books and supplies. Refunds available until July 22. See the FAQ for more details.
Schedule August 22 - August 26
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 23, 2022
    • Global Online Academy Courses - TBC
    • August One-Week Skills Programs - July 22, 2022
    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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