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 Residence Life

Branksome Hall Residence Mission
We commit to nurture positive relationships, wellness, resilience, and personal growth within our globally minded community.

A Home Away From Home
Girls from around the world love to live and learn at Branksome Hall's downtown campus. Our residence welcomes up to 60 students from Canada and around the world, to study the prestigious International Baccalaureate program. Students living in Residence embark on a remarkable journey as they make new friends and learn to be independent, confident young women.

Student support
  • Residence Dons are qualified teachers who can offer homework help and social/emotional support to each student, in addition to ensuring student safety, planning fun activities and modelling a healthy active lifestyle for overall wellness
  • Senior students are available as peer tutors to younger students and often form study groups in the common rooms with lively discussions on everything from character development in an English novel to market demands in economics.
  • The Residence Council, headed by the Residence Prefect, is an excellent opportunity for students to develop leadership and teamwork skills. This student-led group meets once a week to support the Residence through discussing Residence issues, problem-solving as a team, and planning special events for the entire community
  • The Health Centre is run by a Registered Nurse and school doctor who monitor the health and well being of all Residence students.
  • The Social Worker tends to the mental health needs in our community and builds acceptance and openness to mental health support
  • Guidance Counsellors provide individualized counselling to help students manage their IB courses, university applications, and prepare for university life
  • Subject Teachers are available before and after school and at lunch for extra help 'sittings' to ensure students are successful at every stage of the school year
  • International Language Teachers hold classes in the evenings and give individual attention to each student as they study their native tongue
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) and ELL (English Language Learner) support through offering all four levels of ESL (BO, CO, DO and EO) to students who require assistance with their English language learning
  • The Learning Strategies Department offers specialized support to students with specific learning challenges and integrates adaptive technologies to ensure academic achievement
  • Ongoing communication between parents and guardians, Residence staff, Health Centre staff, subject and international language teachers, Guidance Counsellors, and the Learning Strategies Department helps to ensure the best possible support network for each student.

Weekday Schedule
7:30---8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the AWC (Athletics and Wellness Centre)​
8:35 a.m.---3:30 p.m.​ Attend classes and lunch with the day students
3:30---6:00 p.m. Participate in co-curricular activities, study in the school library or AWC, venture off-campus with a buddy, or relax before dinner
6:00---7:00 p.m. Dinner in the AWC (Athletics and Wellness Centre)
7:00---9:00 p.m. Supervised study
9:00---10:00 p.m. Quiet free time on campuse

Weekend schedule
For all two-, three- and four-day weekends, the Residences Houses are open and students have time to relax and participate in a variety of recreational, cultural and leisure activities.

On Saturdays and Sundays, Residence offers brunch (a late breakfast/early lunch at 11:00 a.m.) in the Christie-Pepall Dining hall to give students the opportunity to relax and sleep-in. Students also enjoy the extended weekend curfews to go out to dinner or see a movie with friends.

Residence students always have the option to spend a weekend off-campus with their family, a guardian, or a classmate's family. Residence staff will confirm weekend plans in advance with the student's parents and the host family to ensure supervision and safety.

On Saturday afternoons, Residence Dons will lead excursions off-campus. Students and staff will experience local attractions such as museums, art galleries, nature trails or sporting events, participate in community service activities, or students are welcome to suggest an event they would like to run for their fellow Residence students.

On Sunday afternoons, Residence staff will organise an on-campus stress-buster activity to encourage students to take a break from their homework and try something new and fun such as hula dancing, origami, or yoga. Creative pursuits help to calm busy minds and give perspective as we come to the end of a busy weekend.

10 Elm Avenue, Toronto, ON M4W 1N4, Canada

Tel: 416-920-9741 | admissions@branksome.on.ca