Bishop’s College School
With a campus bordered by farmland and rolling hills, Bishop’s College School is a small, welcoming community established in 1836. Located in a university town in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, our school programs are rigorous yet supportive, and challenging yet nurturing. Our students are well-rounded, motivated learners who are eager to welcome new challenges.
Our mission is simple: to provide students with a complete education to prepare them for success in university and in life.
BCS is an English-language co-educational seven-day boarding and day school for Forms II through VII (grades 7 through 12).
Our sprawling campus is a blend of picturesque landscapes, historic architecture and modern facilities. BCS provides the ideal venue for your departure into a whole new world of higher learning, discovery and opportunity.
The ideal location
Surrounded by mountains, rivers, and lakes, BCS is less than two hours east of Montreal.
Our campus is 10 minutes from downtown Sherbrooke, a small city with two universities and two colleges. There’s no shortage of things to do, with numerous ski centres, hiking trails, stores, restaurants, and movie theatres nearby.
The very essence of BCS is the strength of our rigorous academic program that empowers students to think independently, critically, and creatively. Small classes create a highly collaborative educational experience. Students learn alongside motivated classmates from around the world, with guidance from teachers and supervisors.
A Caring Network
The average class size is 15 students, making it possible for teachers to be involved in each student’s development. The individual attention goes far beyond the classroom—our dedicated faculty members provide a strong network of support, offering after-hours help, mentorship, and guidance. Teachers, Advisors, Houseparents, Assistant Houseparents, Residential Assistants, staff, and coaches help ensure students are on the path to success. In addition to their regular duties, faculty and staff participate fully in the life of the school: leading activities, coaching sports teams, and organizing school trips. They are passionate about BCS and help to promote a positive, collaborative learning environment.
Each BCS student is paired up with a member of faculty or staff who serves as their Advisor. The Advisor focuses primarily on the student’s academic and social progress and is involved in their daily lives. They also serve as a key advocate for each student and help mentor them through academic and personal challenges. Students regularly meet with their Advisor in small discussion groups with the aim of cultivating an atmosphere of trust in which students can speak openly. Advisors provide an important link between home and school, supporting students and keeping the lines of communication open with parents.
A wide range of services are available to empower students to become self-assured, independent learners, including: class workshops, a writing centre, math support, one-onone assistance, tutoring, and individualized lesson plans. Learning strategists at the R.D.W. Howson Enrichment Centre work in conjunction with teachers to help students develop confidence in their own abilities. The centre provides the tools students need to excel in their studies and in life. Recognizing that not everyone has the the same learning styles or needs, our staff work collaboratively with students to help them set goals, manage their time, rank their priorities, and find strategies to help them succeed academically. With this network of support in place, students are better equipped to rise to any challenge, whether it’s signing up for the SATs, taking advanced courses or reciting a poem in front of the whole school.
Pursuit of academic excellence is a fundamental goal at BCS, and the school is proud that all BCS graduates go on to post-secondary education. Our diplomas are recognized by universities around the world. With the required prerequisites, Form VI students will receive a Quebec High School Leaving Diploma, while Form VII students graduate with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). With the OSSD, students can attend universities in Quebec, across Canada, or around the world. Our university counsellor is eager to assist students in choosing a college or university that matches their interests, abilities, and career aspirations. Students also have access to teachers, tutors, and advisors for guidance and encouragement throughout the application process.
Technology in the Classroom
Technology is integrated into our academic program, allowing students and teachers to take advantage of innovative tools to connect with each other, deepen their understanding of complex topics, and gain new insight. Each student will be issued a laptop for the year, provided by BCS. As of fall 2014, students in Form II-III will have iPads. The project will be expanded to other grade levels in the future. Our facilities are modern and well equipped, with Apple TVs and short-throw projectors in every classroom, a new science wing, campus wide Wi-Fi, and web-based tools.
BCS students are exposed to a range of teaching methods, tools and resources that spark imagination, accommodate different learning styles and cater to individual interests.
All departments—English, French, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Arts, and Physical Education—start with the fundamentals in Form II and build toward a wide array of challenging options through Form VII, such as:
- Creative Writing
- Advanced Functions
- Calculus & Vectors
- Data Management
- Political Science
- Computer Science
In all of our courses, students develop critical thinking, writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills. They learn to analyze, articulate, and defend conclusions, while also looking to other disciplines for solutions to real world problems.
Beyond the Classroom
At BCS, we believe that participating in school activities, volunteering for community events, and taking part in international projects are all key learning experiences that help develop active, contributing members of society. Our students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zones by getting involved in multi-cultural initiatives, exchanges, and adventure programs. For example, at the end of every school year, an exemplary Form V student is presented with the Outward Bound Award, which includes an all-expenses paid leadership trip through Outward Bound, a nonprofit educational organization and expedition school. Students can also spend a term abroad at another school, immerse themselves in a new culture during a service trip, or represent the school at global leadership conferences. In the end, the entire school benefits: upon returning to BCS, students share their experiences with their fellow students and teachers through presentations at morning assembly.
Boarding Life, Trips, Activities
Houseparents provide structure within the residences. Just like parents, they celebrate victories, inspire achievements, and comfort heartaches. Teachers are also involved in residential life, offering supervision and mentorship alongside Houseparents on evenings and weekends. On weekends, both boarding and day students take part in a variety of fun
activities, such as: skiing/snowboarding, movies, go-karting, shopping, dances, sporting events, talent shows, skating, amusement parks, and drop-in basketball. They also have access to the town of Lennoxville, the Student Centre and the sports complex, for a relaxing or hanging out with friends. From sightseeing to white-water rafting, attending hockey games or an opera, students regularly enjoy cultural, recreational, and sporting events in the area. Long weekends feature trips to destinations such as Toronto, Quebec City,
Niagara Falls, Disney World and New York City. Through these interactions and experiences, international students have a chance to learn about Quebec and Canadian culture. For students who must travel on their own, we supervise ground transportation to and from the airport and coordinate arrangements with families.