Branksome Hall: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Branksome Hall: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Price Range ₤ 30,000 - 40,000 per annum

Introduction

One of top boarding schools for girls located in Canada! Branksome Hall is an all-girls IB World School, located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We offer all three International Baccalaureate programs: PYP (Primary Years Program) for JK to Grade 6, MYP (Middle Years Program) for Grades 7 to 10 and the DP (Diploma Program) for Grades 11 & 12. This year’s Boarding Program has 62 girls from 20 different countries, ranging from Grade 8 to Grade 12. We offer an ESL (English as Second Language) beginning in Grade 8, an extended French and mathematics program and an International Languages Program for students whose native tongue is something other than English. This year we have 13 languages being taught at the school. Beyond the classroom, our students participate in various clubs, athletic teams, leadership opportunities and community service experiences. 100% of our graduates attend university and 92% of our 2012 graduates were offered an entrance/merit scholarship. Founded in 1903, we have 110 years of experience educating young women to become the learners of today and leaders of tomorrow. At Branksome Hall, students become remarkable. 

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 62 0 62
Day School: 818 0 818
Year of foundation: 1903
Some history:

Founded in 1903, Branksome Hall is an independent school for girls. Today, the school rests on a 13-acre campus in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The school was founded by Miss Margaret Scott as the first non-denominational all-girls school in Toronto.


Over the years, both the campus and student enrolment have expanded. Branksome’s campus now includes more than sixteen buildings, ranging from heritage homes to modern structures, all linked by state-of-the-art technology.

While today’s IB World School is globally minded and has a diverse student body, Branksome Hall has retained many of its early Scottish traditions.

Campus size and facilities:

13-acre campus in the heart of Toronto that boosts a gorgeous ravine woodlot with an outdoor classroom – places where girls can learn about their natural environment.

Branksome Hall is nestled in the residential neighbourhood of Rosedale, within walking distance of the University of Toronto, public transit, libraries, theatres and the vibrant intersection of Yonge and Bloor streets.

 Features you will find at Branksome Hall:

  • indoor swimming pool
  • a double gymnasium in the Senior and Middle School, and a gymnasium in the Junior School 
  • an indoor rock-climbing wall
  • a fitness centre with treadmills, weights and yoga equipment 
  • two large libraries/resource centres 
  • four outdoor ennis courts
  • playing field surrounded by mature trees
Accreditations:
  • IB World School (IBO)
  • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS)
  • Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI)
  • Conference of Independent Schools (CIS)
  • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
  • National Association of  Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS)
  • Standards in Excellence and Learning Canada
  • The Critical Thinking Consortium
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • The Canadian Council for Advancement of Education

Name of Director: Mrs Kimberly Carter

Address: 10 Elm Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4W 1N4

Tel: 416-920-6265 ext. 13

Fax: 416-920-5390

Contact school: contact-us

Website: http://www.branksome.on.ca

Rolling or fixed admission date? Rolling

Application fee: 128 GBP

International application fee: 128 GBP

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 37036 GBP

Day school only cost: 17628 GBP

Needs based aid: Offered

Average aid awarded: Up to 50% of tuition

Merit scholarschips:Offered

Percentage of students receiving merit scholarschips: N/A

Average merit scholarschip awarded: 4787 GBP

About the school

Dorm Facilities:

Dorm facilities: The communal living experience in residence provides a home away from home for our 62 residence students, who live in one of three beautiful heritage homes on campus.

We have three residences: Ainslie House, Sherborne House and Principal's

Residence, which are equipped with the following:  

  • Mainly double bedrooms with roommates assigned based on age, grade and interests
  • A communal lounge area with comfortable couches, television, DVD, video games
  • Full wireless access to e-mail, Internet and school software programs
  • Music area with piano
  • Kitchen for preparing snacks
  • Laundry facilities
  • Office for the Residential Don on duty
  • Dress code: Uniform (formal #1 dress and less formal day-to-day uniform)

Dress code: Formal

Academic life

What we offer? Branksome is a fully authorized IB World School, offering a liberal arts program that is designed to ignite a spark in each girl. We are committed to helping each student reach her full potential as she explores her own interests, builds positive relationships, and learns to understand the world around her.

Number of teachers and their qualifications:

Approximately 120 talented, committed women and men, many with IB and international teaching experience and many with graduate degrees.

Student/teacher ratio: 7:1

Average class size: 16-22

Number of AP courses offered: IB school no AP courses offered

Social life & attractions

Description: As a Branksome student, you are encouraged to get involved in our Athletics program, at whatever level you can. We have many competitive sports team, organized by term and age, as well as intramurals for sport development. What better way can there be to develop physical fitness, sportsmanship, teamwork, commitment, and an appreciation for active living?
Student organizations:

There are over 50 clubs and societies that students can join, most of which are open to everyone, no matter your grade level or experience. The clubs have ongoing enrolment, which means you can join at any point in the school year.  There are many opportunities to be involved in the arts (theatre, choirs, bands and writer’s guilds), various clubs (animal rights, business, culinary, film, social justice, and more), leadership (school prefects to clan reps and chieftains) and  local, national and international community service opportunities.

Sport and culture

Sport Facilities:

Double gymnasium, 4 tennis courts, swimming pool and playing field. 

Our new Athletic and Wellness centre (to be completed in fall, 2014) will include a 25-metre, salt water swimming pool, a smaller training pool, double gymnasium, yoga studio, dance studio, spinning studio, fitness centre and weight room, large cafeteria and rooftop terrace.

 

Culture and arts:

Making the arts a part of your Branksome experience is possible in so many ways -- from involvement in music ensembles to conservatory lessons, to film production, to theatrical performances with student-led crews and technicians. 

We offer a stimulating Visual Arts Program that provides opportunities to work in a variety of media, from clay and collage to painting and printmaking.

In the Senior School, our Film Program develops students’ knowledge and skills in filmmaking and instills in them an appreciation for this art form. 

Girls of all ages enjoy our Theatre Arts Program. Vocal and Instrumental music fills the halls throughout Branksome’s campus.



Summer Programs

No summer programmes offered. Language courses can be arranged in Toronto (visit www.langauge-courses-international.com).

Famous People Who Attended This School

Miranda de PENCIER’87 (film producer, writer, director –award winning film Adam) Beckerman designers: Caillianne BECKERMAN'99, Samantha BECKERMAN’99, Chloe BECKERMAN’01 Stacey FARBER’05 (Actress, on Degrassi Next Generation) Nancy RUTH’60 (senator)

Why Should You Choose this School?

 As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we offer a strong liberal arts curriculum that stirs the imagination, develops students’ critical thinking and inquiry skills, and fosters a balance between academics and other activities. Students enjoy a wide range of athletic, artistic, co-curricular and leadership opportunities that make school life vibrant.  They also  develop personally as they make a difference in the lives of others through our local and international community service efforts. From Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, all Branksome students benefit from our IB programs.

Our teachers are experts in their fields  and many have taught internationally. They are devoted to helping our students reach their full potential, as they grow from learners into leaders.
Our graduates are welcomed by post-secondary institutions in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world.  In 2012, 92% of our graduates were offered entrance/merit scholarships.

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