Boarding at The Bishop Strachan School is a unique opportunity for girls to grow and learn in a new environment. We welcome students from Grades 8 to 12 into the Boarding program. They live right on campus, with easy access to all school facilities.
BSS staff take our responsibility for Boarders very seriously, knowing that we are acting as their parents while they are at school. We form close bonds with the girls in our care and communicate regularly with families to ensure the best possible experience for everyone.
We know it can be a big step to leave home and live in a new city (and in many cases, country.) That’s why we do everything we can to support the transition and create a warm, encouraging atmosphere.
For a young person away from home, Boarding is an opportunity to become more self-reliant and self-aware. It’s a chance to develop confidence and learn to lead. The Boarding experience supports academic success while helping each Boarder grow as a person.
Routine is important in Boarding. Every evening, Boarders spend one to two hours at the Learning Commons doing homework and working on projects. The Study Advisor, a qualified teacher, is ready to help them achieve academic goals. Tutors and specialized academic workshops are also available.
Safe at Home
Boarding is a true community, with caring live-in staff members available at all times. Recognizing that being far from family can be hard, the school ensures that a counsellor is also available to support the well-being of every student. We strike the perfect balance, helping Boarders become independent while ensuring they feel safe and cared for.
We take every step to ensure that Boarders feel safe and secure. They are protected by multiple layers of security, including a round-the-clock security guard, alarmed doors operated by passes, and security cameras. When students leave campus, they are required to sign in and out. For Grade 8 students, Boarding is relatively structured and scheduled, and autonomy grows as students move through higher grades.
Although COVID-19 has changed how we are learning and experiencing community, we have continued to implement an exciting and immersive program that ensures the health and safety of all Boarders.
Friends for Life
Living together is an opportunity to form close bonds with a diverse group of girls – friendships that often last a lifetime. With Boarders from around the world, girls learn to embrace cultural diversity, and develop their empathy, teamwork and communication skills.
Students are divided into two living spaces based on age - St. Bridget for Grades 8 and 9, and St. Joan for Grades 10 to 12. Every Boarder is a member of one of six multi-age “families.” Throughout the year, the families gather for games, outings and special events. Older Boarders support younger ones. It’s another way we make the atmosphere warm and homelike.
Exploring the city and enjoying the campus
BSS is situated in a safe, quiet, leafy neighborhood, close to the heart of Canada’s largest city. Toronto is an energetic and diverse city, full of interesting sights and activities. On the weekends, Boarders can choose from movies, cafes, shopping, theatre, concerts, sports events, museums and more. Some activities are planned by the School; some are more independent.
There’s lots to do without leaving campus, too. The school offers craft workshops, wellness activities, fitness classes, swimming, cooking classes and other activities. And there’s plenty of time to curl up with a book or watch a film or favourite TV show with friends.
Learning to Lead
Boarders have an opportunity to hone their leadership skills by taking on a variety of roles, both in Boarding and in the broader school community.
Leadership roles in Boarding include Head Boarder, House Heads, Family Dons, Head Mentor and Community Representatives.
Boarding Daily Routines
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School Day Routine
7:30 am: Wake up 7:35 – 8:30 am: Breakfast available, boarders must sign in 8:30 am: Middle School classes start 8:45 am: Senior School classes start 9:15 am: Middle and Senior classes start (Friday) 3:30 pm: Middle and Senior school classes end 3:30 – 5:15 pm: Free time / School co-curricular activities 5:30 – 6:15 pm: Dinner 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Free time 7:00 – 8:30 pm: Grade 8 study time (Sunday - Thursday) 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Grade 9 - 12 study time (Sunday - Thursday) 8:00 – 9:30 pm: Optional fitness and dance activities (twice a week) 9:00 – 9:30 pm: Snack and family duty 9:30 pm: Lights out / free time / quiet time (bedtimes vary by grade)
8:30 – 10:30 am: Breakfast available 10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Free time (fitness programs available) Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch available Afternoon: Free time (on-site activities and off-site trips available) 5:30 – 6:00 pm: Dinner Evening: Free time (on-site activities and off-site trips available) 10:30 pm: Lights out / quiet time (bedtimes vary by grade)