Admissions FAQ


List of 7 frequently asked questions.

Applying to BSS

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • How do I apply to The Bishop Strachan School?

    Simply click on Apply, create an account and fill out the online application form, including the parent and student questionnaires. You can pause and resume your application at any time before submitting it.
  • Who can apply to BSS?

    Since its founding in 1867, The Bishop Strachan School has been committed to the empowerment of girls and women. Our mission is to inspire girls to be fearless and educate girls to be leaders. We also work unceasingly towards being an inclusive community that celebrates the unique voices of all individuals. BSS welcomes applications from any candidate who identifies as a girl, and also from non-binary students who were assigned female at birth and feel comfortable attending a girls' school.
  • When can I submit a Day School application to BSS?

    Applications for Day students are accepted from September to December 1, 2024. We encourage all families to apply during this period. If you missed the deadline or you are relocating from a different city or country, please email us directly at
  • When can I submit a Boarding application to BSS?

    Boarding applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Space is limited, so please apply early.
  • Can I still apply to BSS even if the deadline has passed?

    If you would like to submit a Day application and you missed the December deadline, please email us directly at
  • What documents are required for an application to BSS?

    The first step is to apply online. You will then be asked to submit supporting documentation, such as:
    • A copy of your child’s passport or birth certificate
    • Report cards from the past two years and any current school year reports
    • A recent photo of the student
    • A family photo (optional)
    • A copy of your child's psychoeducational assessment or IEP (where applicable)
    After you have provided these documents, you can schedule your assessment and interview. Learn more about the assessment and interview process.
  • What happens after I have submitted my application and required documentation?

    After your application and documentation are submitted, you will have access to our online interview booking site. You will be able to pick a time that works for your family.

    Day applicants who submitted their application by the December deadline will receive a decision on February 21, 2025. This is a common offer date shared with other independent schools in Toronto. All admissions decisions are communicated by email.


List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Does The Bishop Strachan School require the SSAT?

    The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is a standardized test used by admission officers to assess the abilities of students seeking to enrol in an independent school.

    BSS does not require the SSAT for students entering any grade. Applicants must complete the BSS school assessment. International students and other students living outside the Greater Toronto Area will be asked to complete a virtual assessment.
  • When will BSS assessments take place?

    Assessment dates for JK, Grades 1, 4, 6, 7 and 9 will be scheduled in December or January. We will provide more details once we receive your online application.
  • What is involved in the BSS assessment?

    Junior School
    Junior and Senior Kindergarten applicants come together in small groups and spend time in our classroom, engaging in fun activities with our teachers. Applicants in Grades 1 - 6 also complete a math and English test, as well as group activities and games.

    Middle and Senior School
    Assessments in the Middle and Senior School include math and literacy tests. The assessments will take place on our campus in December or January.

    There is no need to prepare or study in advance for the assessment. Learn more about the assessment process.


If you have other questions, please send an email to or contact a member of our team. We look forward to helping you get the information you need!

Deadline to Apply: December 1, 2024