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Choosing a school is a big decision. We’re here to help you get to know BSS and make the right choice for you and your child.
Applications for the 2023-24 academic year are now available. 
 
We are accepting boarding applications for Grades 8, 9, 10 and 11. 
 
Our main entry years are Junior Kindergarten, Grades 1, 6, 7 and 9.  We will have limited space available in Grades 2, 3, 4, 10 and 11.  Interviews and assessments will be conducted for all students applying to these grades.
 
If you are applying to Senior Kindergarten, Grade 5 or 8 (Day) you will receive an update regarding our availability in February 2023.
 
Have questions? Read our Admissions FAQ or reach out to our Student Recruiting Team at studentrecruiting@bss.on.ca.

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    Visit Us

    The best way to choose a school is to experience it first hand! Discover BSS at our in person Open House or other Admissions events. Meet students, faculty and administration and explore our leading-edge learning spaces. Learn more about our fall events.

How To Apply

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  • Step 1: Apply online

    Create an account on myBSS, fill out the online application form, and pay the application fee.

    Early Bird Deadline: November 1, 2022 (application fee $200)
    Day School Deadline: December 1, 2022 (application fee $250)

    Please note that applications received after the December deadline will be considered as space becomes available, and will be subject to a $300 application fee.
  • Step 2: Submit your documentation

    When you are completing the application form, we ask that you upload a photo of the applicant taken within the last six months. Once you submit the form, you will be able to upload  a passport or birth certificate and the applicant’s school report cards. A detailed checklist is available on myBSS. Visit our Admissions FAQ for more details.
  • Step 3: Book your interview and assessment

    This enables us to get to know you and your child, including her academic strengths and interests outside of school. Scroll down for more details. 

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  • myBSS

    Our secure community portal, myBSS, is your one-stop-shop for applying online and staying in touch during the application and decision-making process. Once you begin an online application, you will be able to pause, save and resume your application at any time. We will also send you updates and further information (such as details on applying for Financial Assistance or scholarships) through myBSS.

Interview

We strive to bring together a diverse group of students. Each one contributes her own personality, skills and strengths. Interviews are informal and are intended to help us get to know each other in person. This is your chance to ask questions about the BSS experience, and for your daughter to share her background, interests, goals and ideas.
 
This year, we are pleased to offer both in-person and virtual interviews.  Please note, BSS has a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy for eligible staff and students and continues to follow public health recommendations to keep our staff, students and visitors safe.  If you or your child are feeling unwell on the day of your interview, please contact us to reschedule your appointment.

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  • Junior School (Junior Kindergarten - Grade 6)

    Meeting our prospective students and their families is a key part of our Admissions process at BSS. We will be interviewing students and parents in JK, Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. Interviews will occur from October through mid-February. For SK and Grade 5 interviews will only occur if space becomes available.
  • Middle and Senior School (Grades 7 - 11)

    The prospective student will be interviewed one-on-one by a member of the Student Recruiting team. Parents will also have the chance to meet the team and ask any outstanding questions they may have. We will be interviewing all Grade 7, 9, 10 and 11 applicants for day and boarding. We will also interview Grade 8 Boarding applicants. For Grade 8 Day, interviews will only occur as space becomes available. The interview is a chance to get to know you more, and there is no need to prepare in advance.

Assessment

BSS is a challenging school where students take ownership of their learning. Our assessment is designed to evaluate your child's numeracy, literacy and interpersonal skills so we understand their strengths and needs. There is no need to study or prepare anything in advance.

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  • Junior Kindergarten, Grade 1 & Grade 2

    We will host all Junior Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 applicants in January 2023 on campus.
  • Grades 3, 4 and 6

    All applicants applying to Grades 3, 4 and 6 will be required to complete an in person assessment in December 2022 or January 2023. We will be offering a virtual assessment for those living outside of Toronto. We will provide detailed information once you have completed the application form.
  • Grades 7 - 11

    Day and Boarding students applying for Grades 7 - 11 (except Grade 8 Day) will be required to complete an in person assessment in December 2022 or January 2023. We will be offering a virtual assessment for those living outside of the city. We will provide detailed information once you have completed the application form.

    For students living out of the country, who are unable to complete our assessment, we also accept the SSAT exam or MAP test. Families can register for the test at ssat.org. Please make sure that The Bishop Strachan School is selected as a score recipient when registering for the SSAT.
  • Non-Entry Years

    We will interview and assess applicants for non-entry years only as space becomes available.

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    Financial Assistance

    We believe that an outstanding education should be accessible to everyone. Our generous community makes this possible through donations to our Annual Fund, because they know the value of a BSS education. Visit Financial Assistance and Scholarships to learn more about the available opportunities.

    The deadline to apply for Financial Assistance and Scholarships is January 6, 2023.

Important Dates

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  • Events 2022

    To ensure the health and safety of our staff and students, please note that all visitors are expected to be fully vaccinated and it is optional to wear a mask within the school. We also expect visitors to self screen at home for illness symptoms before entering the school. If you are not feeling well the day of your tour or interview, our team will happily help you reschedule your visit. For more information about our events please click here.
  • Open Houses

    Junior School - Tuesday, October 25, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Middle and Senior School - Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
    Boarding - Wednesday, November 2, 8:00 - 9:00 am

  • Connect Over Coffee

    Grade 6 - Tuesday, November 8, 9:00 - 10:00 am
    Grade 9 - Wednesday, November 9, 9:00 - 10:00 am
    Grade 7 - Thursday, November 10, 9:00 - 10:00 am
    Understanding Reggio in the Junior Kindergarten - Tuesday, November 22​, ​9:00 am
    Understanding Reggio in Primary Grades (1-4) - Thursday, November 24,​ ​9:00 am

  • Application Deadline

    Early Bird Deadline - November 1, 2022 ($200 application fee)
    Day School Deadline - December 1, 2022 ($250 application fee)

    Boarding applications are accepted year-round. Space is limited, so please apply early.
  • Financial Assistance & Scholarships Application Deadline

    January 6, 2023

    Join our Virtual Financial Assistance and Scholarship Information Night on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at​ ​6:30 pm.
     
  • Decision

    February 24, 2023