Join us at BSS Summer Academy 2020

Maria Dias

Maria Dias, Summer Academy Head Teacher

416-483-4325, ext. 5504

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The BSS Summer Academy

The BSS campus heats up in July and August, and it’s not just the weather. Summer Academy at BSS is an exceptional way to get ahead, catch up or explore something completely different. We welcome students entering Grades 9 to 12 – boys and girls from across Ontario and beyond – to our beautiful campus every summer for outstanding learning in four-week Credit Courses and one-week Skills Programs. 

The safety and well-being of our students and community continues to be our top priority during the current pandemic. Due to social distancing requirements, all 2020 Summer Academy courses will be delivered online by experienced teachers trained in e-learning.

Registration for online credit courses is now closed. To register for the August one-week skills programs, click here.

Why BSS Summer Academy?

  • Highly skilled faculty
  • Small classes
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Individual attention
  • Daily teacher support
  • Student collaboration
  • Freezies!

Credit Courses

Summer Academy Credit Courses are taught by experienced, committed teachers, offering students the opportunity to earn a credit approved by the Province of Ontario. With an array of courses to choose from, you’ll be able to earn a credit applicable towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma in just under a month. 

Students may only enrol in one class per month and one math class over the summer.

Due to social distancing requirements, all credit courses are available online only.

  • Math: Advanced Functions (MHF4U) – CANCELLED
  • Business Leadership & Management Fundamentals (BOH4Me) – CANCELLED
  • Math: Functions (MCR3U)
  • Biology (SBI3U)
  • Chemistry (SCH3U)
  • Physics (SPH3U)
  • Canadian History (CHC2D)
  • Civics & Citizenship (CHV20)
  • Career Studies (GLC20)
  • Math (MPM2D)
  • Science (SNC2D)
  • Math (MPM1D)

Dates: Online courses will open on Monday, June 29. Instruction will begin Thursday, July 2 and run until Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Times: Classes run from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm daily. Tutorials run from 2:30 to 3:00 pm daily.

Cost: $1,395 per course. No refunds after Friday, May 22.

Registration for 2020 BSS credit courses is now closed.

To register for online courses through the eLearning Consortium Canada, visit

August One Week Skills Program

For students entering Grades 9 through 12, a one-week program provides a quick and effective opportunity to dramatically improve skills in math.

For students entering Grade 8 who will be taking Grade 9 math, please contact about applying for Math Essential Skills.

These non-credit programs consist of practical activities and exercises, designed by teachers who know what students need in order to succeed in credit courses.

Due to social distancing requirements, all One-Week Skills courses are available online only.

  • Math Essential Skills – for students entering Grade 9
  • Math Essential Skills – for students entering Grade 10
  • Math Fundamentals and Extension – for students entering Grades 11 or 12
  • French Essential Skills – for students entering Grades 9 – 11

Dates: Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28

Times: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm daily

Cost: $425

Boys and girls from any school can register online.

Debate Camp

Do you have a passion for the art of argument? We have the camp for you!

Debate Camp Canada’s July camp offers everything you need to hone your debate and public speaking skills.

Debate Camp

July 20 – 24 / July 27 – 31

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Grades 5 – 11

Debate and public speaking skill development offered by Debate Camp Canada and includes:

  • multi-level instruction – all areas
  • program suits all abilities
  • teaching / workshop ratio 1:8
  • 2-3 rounds of debate daily
  • impromptu/extemporaneous speaking (new topics daily)
  • practice, feedback, more practice, and fun!
  • all resources provided

Click here to learn more about Debate Camp, including fees and registration.

Summer Academy FAQ

The tuition for month-long Summer Academy Credit Courses is $1,395. Books, field trips and school supplies are not included in the cost.

The tuition for the one-week Skills and Enrichment Programs is $425. Books, field trips and school supplies are not included in the cost.

Refunds are available up until Friday, May 22; after May 22 no refund will be offered unless the course has been cancelled.

A refund will only be granted until May 22, 2020 minus a $50 administration fee. If the Credit Course or Program is cancelled a full refund will be granted.

First apply online and pay the tuition to confirm registration. Print the supplementary form and send it in with a copy of your most recent report card.

Please note that on the supplementary form there is a space for a signature from your school’s Principal or Guidance Counsellor which you will need to obtain before submitting your forms.

Skills and Enrichment Program applications can be filled out online but in order to be completely registered you must send in a copy of your most recent report card.

We do not have a deadline. As long as a course is running and there is room in the class, you are welcome to register before the first day of classes. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis so it is best to register as early as possible.

We aim to have a minimum of six students before we declare a course will run during the summer.

Once we have declared that a course will definitely be offered, we will mail out a confirmation package to you. Most courses are confirmed in early May but decisions can happen as late as June.

We aim to let registered students know by the end of May or early June if we do not think we will get sufficient enrolment to run a course. The final date to declare a course will not be running is May 22.

Exams and summatives will take place on Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28 and will be returned on Wednesday, July 29.

Month-long Summer Academy credit courses run from July 2 to July 29, 2020. The Math Skills Programs and the Math Enrichment Programs will take place from August 24 to 28, 2020.

Credit course classes run from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. There is a 10-minute break in the morning and a 40-minute lunch. The week-long Skills and Enrichment programs run from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm with a break in the morning and a 40-minute lunch.

We aim to keep our classes small so that students receive individualized attention. Our average class size is nine students though many classes are smaller. We guarantee that no class will be larger than 16 students.

Teachers hold tutorials every day from 2:30 to 3:00 pm so students can get extra help with necessary skills or content.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks. Course texts should be ordered through CSBE (Please note: The Summer Academy Bookstore will not be available until June 2020). You will receive the details on how to order your textbooks in your information package.

Laptops are not required. All Summer Academy students do, however, have access to laptops for use at BSS during the school day and access to the BSS network. Students are also allowed to bring their own devices.

In our online course the class works together through the course in a designated time frame. Students are expected to be online every weekday to complete daily tasks. There will be assignment deadlines and tests throughout the month of July and August. Any exams will be written at BSS or if a student is not in the Toronto area, the student may arrange for an exam to be proctored in an alternate location.

Both the Credit Courses and the Skills and Enrichment Programs are open to boys and girls from public and independent schools.

Our Student Centre has hot and cold food available for purchase during the lunch break each day. Snacks are also available for purchase during the morning break.

BSS is also located a very short walk from Forest Hill Village where there are several take-out options available.

In addition to the Student Centre and beautiful campus grounds, students have access to our Learning Commons (library) as well as online library resources.

All Science students have daily access to our newly renovated Science labs to allow for hands-on learning where appropriate.

While there is no formal dress code, students are required to wear clothing appropriate to an academic environment. Shorts must be an appropriate length.

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