Admissions

Financial Assistance & Scholarships

At The Bishop Strachan School, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to an outstanding education. Financial assistance is a cornerstone of our commitment to providing inclusive and accessible education. It ensures that more girls of grit, character and promise can discover themselves at BSS, and go on to do great things.
Through tuition and program assistance, we support families who need extra help with costs. Our merit-based scholarships encourage and reward students who demonstrate exceptional academic, artistic, and athletic achievements.

Donations from our generous community make this possible, and our Board of Governors and Trustees ensure these donations support those who need it.

Please email studentrecruiting@bss.on.ca if you have any questions.

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    Financial Assistance

    For families of students in Grades 7 – 12, assistance is based on financial need, which is evaluated through an independent third party, Apple Financial Services. To be eligible for assistance, applicants must meet the school’s terms for admission or re-registration. The amount of financial assistance awarded is applied as a reduction of tuition fees.

    Applications to Apple Financial Services must be submitted by January 8, 2021 to be considered for the February offer day.

How to Apply

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  • Step 1: Apply to BSS

    To be eligible for financial assistance, you must first apply to BSS. The deadline to submit a Day application for the 2021-22 academic year is December 1, 2020.
  • Step 2: Apply to Apple Financial

    Once you have submitted your application to BSS online, complete the Financial Assistance for Canadian Students (FACS) application through Apple Financial.

    Applications for new students should be submitted no later than January 30, 2021. Applications are submitted yearly for review. The deadline for returning students is December 20, 2020.

  • Step 3: Decision

    You will be contacted by email on the February common offer day to let you know if tuition assistance is being awarded and by how much. If you have applied to Boarding, your notification will vary, depending on when you applied.

    The fact that you are receiving financial assistance is confidential throughout your time at BSS and beyond unless you wish to participate in our BSS Donor Thank-You Program.

Financial Assistance FAQ

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Did you know that BSS distributed more than $1.7 million dollars in Financial Assistance in 2019-20? Tune in to find out everything you need to know about Financial Assistance - from who can apply to this year's deadlines. It may surprise you to find out who is eligible!

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded based on:

  • Academic, artistic and/or athletic achievement
  • An application outlining how the applicant meets the scholarship criteria.
  • Admissions assessment criteria

The deadline to apply for scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year is January 8, 2021. 

Please do not mail or deliver any applications to the school directly. Only electronic submissions will be accepted this year. Please email submissions to studentrecruiting@bss.on.ca.

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  • Grade 3 Entrance Scholarship

    This scholarship is awarded to the top academic student entering Grade 3, as demonstrated by current report cards and admissions interview criteria.

    Value: $3,000, applied against school fees

    How to apply: No application required
  • Grade 7 Merit Scholarship

    This scholarship is awarded annually to the top new students entering Grade 7 based on current report cards and proposal letter.

    Value: $4,250, applied against tuition fees, provided the recipient maintains proficiency standing (80% and above) and actively participates in school life.

    How to apply: Applicants must submit a proposal letter (500 words or less) indicating her intent to apply, including:
    • Why the applicant is applying
    • What this scholarship would mean to the applicant
    • An outline of their goals and how they intend to be an active member of the BSS community
  • BSS Foundation Entrance Scholarship

    This scholarship is awarded annually to a new student entering Grade 9.

    Value: $4,250, applied against tuition fees each year until the student graduates.

    How to Apply: Applicants must submit a proposal letter (500 words or less) that clearly states:
    • Why the applicant is applying
    • The opportunities the scholarship will provide the applicant
    • The goals and ideas the applicant has about how they will use their skills and attributes to contribute to the BSS community
    Letters of recommendation are welcome, but not required.
    Applicants will be required to complete the academic assessment administered during the admissions process. Please note that the results of the assessments are the property of BSS and will not be released to participating students or parents.
  • BSS Foundation Arts Entrance Scholarship

    This scholarship is awarded to a new student who is entering either Grade 7 or 9 and who excels in any area of the arts, including fine arts, dance, drama or music.

    Value: $4,250, applied against tuition fees each year until the student graduates, provided she continues to achieve proficiency standing (80% and above) and actively participates in school life.

    How to Apply: Applicants must submit:
    • A portfolio that reflects any honours or awards specific to the applicant's area of involvement in the arts, as well as experience, training, years of involvement and other interests in the arts
    • A one-page personal profile of achievements that includes goals and ideas of how to actively share their arts skills within the school community
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation, one from an arts teacher at the applicant's current school
    • An audio, video, or visual presentation of work in their area of involvement in the arts.
    Please note that finalists may be asked to attend an interview or audition.
  • Grade 9 21st Century Entrance Scholarship

    This scholarship is awarded to a new student who is applying to Grade 9. Applicants should have a strong academic background with an interest in academics, arts or athletics, and require financial assistance.

    Value: Up to $20,000, applied against tuition fees

    How to Apply: Each applicant is required to submit:
    1. Two (2) letters of recommendation, focusing on what makes the applicant a strong candidate, such as qualities, experiences, and potential in her specific area of interest, from the following:
      • A teacher, coach or individual who has been directly involved with instruction in the applicant's area of expertise
      • Anyone (not a close relation) who is knowledgeable of the applicant’s accomplishments or achievements
    2. A proposal letter (700 words or less) that outlines:
      • Honours, awards, experience, training and/or years of involvement in their specific area of interest
      • An outline of their goals and intentions to use this opportunity to contribute to the BSS community
      • Other interests as applicable
    3. An application to Apple Financial Services. Applications must be submitted at the same time as the BSS application to be completed by the February offer date.
    4. Applicants whose area of interest is in the arts must also submit a portfolio, including visual, audio or video examples of work completed.
    Applicants will be required to complete the academic assessment administered during the admissions process. Please note that the results of the assessments are the property of BSS and will not be released to participating students or parents.
  • The Edward S. Rogers Family Scholarship

    This renewable scholarship is awarded to up to six (6) Senior School (Grades 9 - 12) students (Rogers Scholars) based on their academic performance and contributions as engaged members at BSS or their previous school, demonstrated by traits of the Signature of a BSS Girl and participation in co-curricular activities, clubs, sports, teams, leadership positions, etc.

    Value: $10,000, applied against tuition fees annually until the student graduates, provided she continues to meet the requirements of the scholarship.

    How to Apply: Each applicant must submit a proposal letter, clearly outlining:
    • Why the applicant is applying
    • The opportunities the scholarship will provide the applicant
    • The goals and ideas the applicant has about how to contribute to the BSS community
    Additional information about the applicant based on the scholarship criteria (i.e. leadership or service activity or involvement, awards, certificates, honours, transcript from their current school) must accompany the proposal letter.

    Applicants must have a strong academic standing (at BSS or their previous school), achieving proficiency standing of 80% or above.

    Letters of recommendation are welcome.
  • The John C. Rykert Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship is awarded to a new or returning student, with preference given to the daughter or granddaughter of a BSS Old Girl. 

    Value: $2,500, applied against school fees each year until the student graduates

    How to Apply: Each applicant must submit a proposal letter (no more than 500 words) that clearly states:
    • Why the applicant is applying
    • The opportunities the scholarship will provide the applicant
    • The goals and ideas the applicant has about how to contribute to the BSS community
    Submission of additional information about the applicant based on the scholarship criteria may accompany the proposal letter (i.e. Old Girl connection, service actions or involvement, leadership).

    Letters of recommendation from relevant sources are welcome but not required.

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    The Impact of Financial Assistance


    Kaylee, Class of 2024

    Kaylee came to BSS on the advice of one of her best role models, her sister Lauryn, who started in Grade 8 and graduated in 2019.
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Paige FOSTER ‘16, BSS alumna and Financial Assistance recipient

I was very shy and unsure of myself when I started at BSS. Now, I am confident and ready to take on the world. The two-and-a-half years I spent here provided me with the best experience in my lifetime.