The Study

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The Study
Westmount, Quebec
School type Independent
Founded 1915
Founder Margaret Gascoigne
Headmaster Nancy Lewis Sweer
Grades Kindergarten – Grade 11
Enrollment 311 (2014–2015)
Language English and French
(also Mandarin and Spanish)
Colour(s) Blue, Green, Yellow & White                 
Mascot Boomer
The Study's Front Entrance

The Study is a leading Canadian private education all-girls school in Westmount, Quebec. Girls can attend from Kindergarten through to grade 11. The school was founded in 1915, by a young Englishwoman named Margaret Gascoigne. As of 2012, The Study offers a bilingual education to 311 students from Kindergarten to grade 11. The Study’s mission statement is: “We guide each Study girl towards reaching her fullest potential by fostering fine scholarship, instilling the love of learning, and developing well-rounded leadership qualities in a global-minded, diverse environment where both the individual and the community are valued.” The school has small classes providing lots of opportunity for the encouragement of each girl's curiosity through the individual attention and guidance of nurturing teachers. Starting in grade 1 each girl works with a laptop. Each classroom is equipped with a SMARTboard. The colors that represent the school are blue, green and yellow.

Students are divided into four houses: Mu Gamma (blue), Kappa Rho (green), Beta Lambda (white), Delta Beta (yellow).

The Study offers both Mandarin and Spanish as a third language, starting in grade 5.


In 1915 a young Englishwoman named Margaret Gascoigne opened a school for six students in the study of her home. In 1960 The Study moved to its present location in Westmount, one of Montreal’s prime residential neighbourhoods. In addition to its founder, seven dynamic women have led The Study, Margaret Gascoigne (1915–1934), Mary Harvey (1934–1952), Katharine Lamont (1952–1970), Jean Scott (1970-1982), Eve Marshall (1982–1997), Mary Liistro Hebert (1997–2003), Elizabeth Falco, M Ed, MBA (2003–2010), Mary Liistro Hebert (2010-2011), and Nancy Lewis Sweer (2011 – present).[1]

School organization[edit]

The Study is divided into two "schools": elementary school (K – grade 6) and senior school (grade 7 – grade 11).

The school has approximately 340 students total. Each grade is divided into two classes.

Notable alumnae[edit]

  • Phyllis Lambert class of 1944, founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Member of the Order of Canada, Knight of the National Order of Quebec
  • Patricia Claxton class of 1947, is an award-winning Canadian translator, primarily of Quebec literature.
  • Janina Fialkowska class of 1967, named a 2012 Governor General Performing Arts award winner. She received a 2012 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Classical Music) in 2012.
  • Caroline Rhea, class of 1981, Canadian stand-up comedian and actress, known for her role as Hilda Spellman on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and for replacing Rosie O'Donnell as the hostess of her syndicated talk show, renamed The Caroline Rhea Show.
  • Andréanne Morin, class of 1998 and founding member of The Study’s Sports Hall of Fame, silver medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London as part of the women’s 8 rowing team. Andréanne is a 3-time Olympian and 8-time National Team athlete.
  • Eugenie Bouchard, class of 2011, was the first Canadian ever to win a Grand Slam in singles after her win at Wimbledon as a junior. In 2013, Eugenie won against the 12th seed Ana Ivanovic in two sets at Wimbledon.


  1. ^ Brown, Patty; Dombowsky, Philip. "English Schools in and around Montreal 1816-1998". MontréalGenWeb. Retrieved 2008-10-10.