The Study

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The Study
Coordinates45°29′27″N 73°36′02″W / 45.4909°N 73.6006°W / 45.4909; -73.6006
School typeAll girls primary and secondary
FounderMargaret Gascoigne
HeadmistressNancy Lewis Sweer
GradesKindergarten – Grade 11
Enrollment380 (2018–2019)
LanguageEnglish and French
(also Mandarin and Spanish)
Colour(s)Blue, Green, Yellow & White                 
The Study's Front Entrance

The Study is a Canadian top private education all-girls school in Westmount, Quebec. The school was founded in 1915 by a young Englishwoman named Margaret Gascoigne. The Study offers a bilingual mother tongue education to 385 students from Kindergarten to grade 11. AS of 2016 a Certificate of Eligibility for English instruction is no longer required (K- grade 11) as The Study does not receive government subsidies.

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 neighborhoods. In addition to its founder, seven 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 (2003–2010), Mary Liistro Hebert (2010-2011), and Nancy Lewis Sweer (2011 – present).[1]

McGill Queen's University Press published in 2015 No Ordinary School; The Study 1915-2015 a 168-page hard cover commemorative 100th anniversary book about The Study School.

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 385 students total. Each grade is divided into two classes.

Notable Alumnae & Faculty[edit]

  • 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, in 2016 she represented Canada in the Olympics held in Rio.
  • 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.
  • Dr. Astrid Guttman, class of 1982, is highly accomplished, both academically and professionally. She is currently Staff Physician in Paediatric Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) in Toronto, Chief Science Officer at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Toronto, Senior Scientist for the Health System Planning and Evaluation Program at ICES and Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.
  • Joan Ivory, class of 1951, esteemed member of the Order of Canada and tireless volunteer most notably with the MUHC and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.[2]
  • Caroline Joe, class of 2008 was a recipient of the 2009 Top 20 Under 20 Award which annually recognizes 20 of Canada's youth who have a meaningful impact on society via outstanding leadership, innovation and accomplishments.
  • Phyllis Lambert (Bronfman) class of 1944, founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Member of the Order of Canada, Knight of the National Order of Quebec
  • Marianne McKenna, class of 1968, is a founding partner of the award-winning practice of KPMB Architects. She is an invested Officer of The Order of Canada "for her contributions as an architect, designing structures that enrich the public realm”.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ethel Seath, was an art teacher at The Study from 1917 to 1962. Seath was a founding member of the Beaver Hall Group and was also a member of the Canadian Group of Painters. Her work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


  1. ^ Brown, Patty; Dombowsky, Philip. "English Schools in and around Montreal 1816-1998". MontréalGenWeb. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
  2. ^ Gray, Colleen (2015). No Ordinary School. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-7735-4635-6.