Our Heritage

On the first day of school in 1867, our founders opened their doors with the intention of educating girls and teaching them how to be leaders.
Rev. John Langtry, the father of four daughters, envisioned a Church School for girls designed to provide a curriculum “co-extensive with that of first-class schools” and “within the reach of people of moderate means.” There were 31 students enrolled that first year.

Although women were not admitted to the University of Toronto until 1884, The Bishop Strachan School's curriculum always prepared students for academic excellence. The school grew and evolved with the city around it, moving first to College and Yonge, and then to the current property. Today, more than 150 years since its founding, BSS is among the leading girls’ schools in North America. We have more than 900 students, each one with her own ideas and voice, ready to forge her own path in the world.

Mrs. Anne Thompson, Lady Principal, 1873 - 1875

The Bishop Strachan School has been endeavouring to fit you to become useful and courageous women. I believe you will yet see our universities open to women. Work out your freedom, girls! Knowledge is now no more a fountain seal’d; drink deep.

Celebrating Our 150th

In 2017, we proudly celebrated our 150th anniversary and the opening of our new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) wing.