In November of last year, the Bishop’s College School Board of Directors launched an international search for prospective candidates for a permanent Head of School. As one of Canada’s premier independent schools, BCS was in a strong position to attract outstanding applicants and the search generated many inquiries from qualified school leaders across five continents. After carefully reviewing applications, hosting campus visits, and conducting interviews, the Search Committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommended one candidate.

The BCS Association Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Michel Lafrance as our 32nd Head of School, effective July 2020.

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  • 2019-10-08 Head of School Announcement

    Shortly after the appointment of Mr. William Mitchell, BCS’63, as Interim Head for the 2019-2020 academic year, the Board of Directors launched an international search for a permanent Head of School. With input from a broad range of BCS stakeholders, the Search Committee published a position profile that generated many inquiries from qualified school leaders across five continents. BCS was in a strong position to attract outstanding applicants wishing to lead our school, and our objective was to identify an exceptional individual uniquely suited to our special community. After carefully reviewing applications, hosting campus visits, and conducting both informal and formal interviews, the Search Committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommended one candidate.
     
    The BCS Association Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Michel Lafrance as our 32nd Head of School, effective July 2020. Mr. Lafrance, current Head of School at West Island College in Quebec, is a seasoned, bilingual, Canadian educator and school leader. He has a passion for experiential learning, the arts, athletics, and personal growth, and the proven ability to move schools forward.
     
    Throughout the selection process, which spanned several months, Mr. Lafrance demonstrated an ardent desire to lead our school, a sharp intellect, an evident commitment to his profession, and a deep connection with his students and their families. He also exhibited the creativity and mindset to identify and promote the distinctiveness of our school. He shares our ambition to make BCS not only the best place to learn but also the best place to work, and to situate us among the premier boarding schools of choice internationally—which distinguished him among a strong field of candidates. The Search Committee was convinced he would be a highly credible representative of our mission, and an outstanding exemplar of the values and behaviours BCS expects from members of our community.

    Mr. Lafrance has been Head of School for seven years and an Assistant Head of School for ten, all at independent schools. He has extensive experience with QAIS, where he served as Executive Director from 2010-2013 and is currently President,
    NAIS, FÉEP, and CAIS, our accrediting body, from which he earned his Advanced Diploma in School Leadership. His athletic and cultural interests include a multitude of sports, poetry, and photography. Mr. Lafrance earned his Bachelor of Education from McGill University (English and Physical Education) and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from the Université de Sherbrooke.

    Mr. Lafrance brings his family of four to Moulton Hill: his spouse, Carine, who is a career Human Resources professional for the National Bank of Canada, and daughters Léa (17) and Rosalie (9). Léa plans to attend Form VII next year and Rosalie will attend public school in Lennoxville, where her grandmother served as principal, until she is old enough to attend BCS. The Lafrance family has deep roots in the Sherbrooke area and are thrilled to be returning ‘home.’

    Mr. Lafrance is joining BCS at an exciting time. Our school has an ambitious strategic plan and a bold campus master plan, evidenced by the recent opening of Mitchell Family House. This year BCS will undergo a CAIS re-accreditation review, which will help us continue to improve the BCS experience for students, parents, staff, faculty, and alumni. We are on an evolutionary path and the results are measurable and positive. BCS is currently enjoying our strongest enrolment numbers for our boarding population in over a decade. Our graduates are gaining admission to a broader range of excellent universities. We have in place an outstanding, dedicated team of highly qualified faculty and staff.

    Mr. Lafrance appreciates the need for a long-term commitment in order to advance our plans. Furthermore, he has shown a prescient understanding of the need for BCS to be a good neighbour and to connect with the community beyond the boundaries of our campus. He looks forward to his ambassadorial role in the local community and to connecting with alumni, parents, and other friends of the school around the world:

    “The BCS family can expect me to immerse myself in the community, to get to know the culture and rich tradition of the school, to build relationships and thoughtfully establish the strategic vision for the future.
     
    My family and I were drawn to BCS for the exceptional learning experience that it offers, the emphasis on multiculturalism and bilingualism, the magnificent campus and surrounding Eastern Townships, and the school environment that is grounded in kindness, care, and respect. 
     
    We look forward to actively contributing to one of the brightest periods in BCS history and seeing you all on Moulton Hill. Go Bears!”
     
    The smooth transition from Mr. Mitchell to Mr. Lafrance will ensure the remarkable momentum and positive energy generated by the school in recent years continues. A special thank you to Mr. Mitchell who provided invaluable insight throughout the search process: “I am delighted for both the school and Michel in this timely appointment. Michel has the experience, energy, and credibility to fulfill the aspirational mandate he has accepted.”
     
    Thank you to the members of the Search Committee for their effort and commitment over these past ten months. Events celebrating the arrival of the Lafrances and opportunities to meet our new Head and his family will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please join us in welcoming them as the newest members of our caring community where cultures connect, learners live, and leaders grow.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Linda G. Rodeck, BCS’81
    Chair, Bishop’s College School Association Board of Directors

Search Committee

The search committee for the 32nd Head of School for Bishop’s College School was charged with retaining a consulting firm to work in conjunction with the committee to recruit and to interview candidates and ultimately make a recommendation to the BCS Association Board. Members of the committee were carefully selected to ensure a diversity of perspective, and will benefit from the school’s ongoing commitment to community-wide feedback through individual discussions, focus groups, and surveys.

Linda G. Rodeck, BCS’81, Chair of the BCS Association Board, is joined on the Search Committee by:
  • Michel Bull, BCS’72
  • Alexandra Johnston, BCS’88
  • Stephan Scholl, BCS’88
  • Guthrie Stewart, BCS’73

Strategic Plan and Capital Projects

Every major step forward at BCS has been, and continues to be, funded by parents, alumni, and friends who make significant commitments to the school. Major gifts and capital campaigns fund large projects, including construction and renovation of buildings, purchases of equipment and capital assets, new endowments for scholarships and financial assistance, and other special projects. BCS is now preparing for a new era of education excellence. Click here to learn more.

Mission Statement

“We create a caring community of learning and development where cultures connect and individuals matter. Our commitment to excellence in academics, wellness, athletics, creativity, and service contributes to a lifetime of engagement and global competence.”

Core Values

Excellence | Community | Character | Leadership

Updates

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  • 2019-10-08 Head of School Announcement

    Shortly after the appointment of Mr. William Mitchell, BCS’63, as Interim Head for the 2019-2020 academic year, the Board of Directors launched an international search for a permanent Head of School. With input from a broad range of BCS stakeholders, the Search Committee published a position profile that generated many inquiries from qualified school leaders across five continents. BCS was in a strong position to attract outstanding applicants wishing to lead our school, and our objective was to identify an exceptional individual uniquely suited to our special community. After carefully reviewing applications, hosting campus visits, and conducting both informal and formal interviews, the Search Committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommended one candidate.
     
    The BCS Association Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Michel Lafrance as our 32nd Head of School, effective July 2020. Mr. Lafrance, current Head of School at West Island College in Quebec, is a seasoned, bilingual, Canadian educator and school leader. He has a passion for experiential learning, the arts, athletics, and personal growth, and the proven ability to move schools forward.
     
    Throughout the selection process, which spanned several months, Mr. Lafrance demonstrated an ardent desire to lead our school, a sharp intellect, an evident commitment to his profession, and a deep connection with his students and their families. He also exhibited the creativity and mindset to identify and promote the distinctiveness of our school. He shares our ambition to make BCS not only the best place to learn but also the best place to work, and to situate us among the premier boarding schools of choice internationally—which distinguished him among a strong field of candidates. The Search Committee was convinced he would be a highly credible representative of our mission, and an outstanding exemplar of the values and behaviours BCS expects from members of our community.

    Mr. Lafrance has been Head of School for seven years and an Assistant Head of School for ten, all at independent schools. He has extensive experience with QAIS, where he served as Executive Director from 2010-2013 and is currently President,
    NAIS, FÉEP, and CAIS, our accrediting body, from which he earned his Advanced Diploma in School Leadership. His athletic and cultural interests include a multitude of sports, poetry, and photography. Mr. Lafrance earned his Bachelor of Education from McGill University (English and Physical Education) and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from the Université de Sherbrooke.

    Mr. Lafrance brings his family of four to Moulton Hill: his spouse, Carine, who is a career Human Resources professional for the National Bank of Canada, and daughters Léa (17) and Rosalie (9). Léa plans to attend Form VII next year and Rosalie will attend public school in Lennoxville, where her grandmother served as principal, until she is old enough to attend BCS. The Lafrance family has deep roots in the Sherbrooke area and are thrilled to be returning ‘home.’

    Mr. Lafrance is joining BCS at an exciting time. Our school has an ambitious strategic plan and a bold campus master plan, evidenced by the recent opening of Mitchell Family House. This year BCS will undergo a CAIS re-accreditation review, which will help us continue to improve the BCS experience for students, parents, staff, faculty, and alumni. We are on an evolutionary path and the results are measurable and positive. BCS is currently enjoying our strongest enrolment numbers for our boarding population in over a decade. Our graduates are gaining admission to a broader range of excellent universities. We have in place an outstanding, dedicated team of highly qualified faculty and staff.

    Mr. Lafrance appreciates the need for a long-term commitment in order to advance our plans. Furthermore, he has shown a prescient understanding of the need for BCS to be a good neighbour and to connect with the community beyond the boundaries of our campus. He looks forward to his ambassadorial role in the local community and to connecting with alumni, parents, and other friends of the school around the world:

    “The BCS family can expect me to immerse myself in the community, to get to know the culture and rich tradition of the school, to build relationships and thoughtfully establish the strategic vision for the future.
     
    My family and I were drawn to BCS for the exceptional learning experience that it offers, the emphasis on multiculturalism and bilingualism, the magnificent campus and surrounding Eastern Townships, and the school environment that is grounded in kindness, care, and respect. 
     
    We look forward to actively contributing to one of the brightest periods in BCS history and seeing you all on Moulton Hill. Go Bears!”
     
    The smooth transition from Mr. Mitchell to Mr. Lafrance will ensure the remarkable momentum and positive energy generated by the school in recent years continues. A special thank you to Mr. Mitchell who provided invaluable insight throughout the search process: “I am delighted for both the school and Michel in this timely appointment. Michel has the experience, energy, and credibility to fulfill the aspirational mandate he has accepted.”
     
    Thank you to the members of the Search Committee for their effort and commitment over these past ten months. Events celebrating the arrival of the Lafrances and opportunities to meet our new Head and his family will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please join us in welcoming them as the newest members of our caring community where cultures connect, learners live, and leaders grow.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Linda G. Rodeck, BCS’81
    Chair, Bishop’s College School Association Board of Directors
  • 2019-01-24 Interim Head of School Announcement

    Dear BCS Community,

    In my communication from late November, I committed to keeping you updated regarding the search process for the next Head of School for BCS. After careful consideration of various options, the Search Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that we engage an Interim Head of School for the 2019-20 school year to allow for an extensive international search for a permanent Head of School, who would begin on July 1, 2020.

    We determined that this approach would allow sufficient time to conduct an exhaustive search for a permanent Head of School. However, during that interim period, we need to be confident that the school will continue to operate and to evolve as a world class institution. The Interim Head needs to be an individual who can build on the work of Tyler Lewis, our departing Head, particularly with respect to some of our newly launched programs, such as the IB, and other plans currently in their early stages, such as Mitchell Family House.

    It is with the greatest pleasure that I share with you that Mr. William Mitchell, BCS’63, has agreed to serve as the Interim Head of School for the 2019-20 school year. Many of you will recall that Will was the 29th Head of School from 2012-2015 and was instrumental in recruiting Tyler to BCS. I am delighted that he has agreed to lead the school again, during this transition.

    Will is one of Canada’s most respected leaders in independent secondary school education with an extensive list of professional and personal achievements that inspires admiration. Headmaster of Selwyn House School in Montreal for 25 years, he also taught at Trinity College School for 11 years and at Lower Canada College for three years. During Will’s three years as Head of School at BCS, he implemented changes that strengthened the school, and made strategic decisions that have proven instrumental in enabling the school to thrive, as it is today.

    Will has remained connected to BCS since his days as a student and has remained deeply engaged with the school since his headship concluded with Tyler’s arrival in 2015. Will returns officially as Interim Head this summer. I hope you will join me in welcoming him back. We feel extremely fortunate to have him return as our 31st Head of School.

    I look forward to continuing to update the BCS community on our leadership search through this “Head of School Search” page on the BCS website. BCS is an outstanding school with committed teachers and staff, and a tremendously talented student body. It is an exciting time for our school as we look to the future, confident in our ability to attract exceptional candidates through this process. Please feel encouraged to share our search news with any outstanding candidates who you feel would serve BCS well.


    Sincerely,

    Linda G. Rodeck, BCS’81
    Chair, BCS Association Board
    [email protected]
  • 2018-11-28 Message from our Chair

    Dear BCS Family,
     
    On behalf of my fellow Association Board directors, I would like to thank Tyler Lewis for successfully leading BCS for the past four years. Tyler has been an exemplary leader in myriad ways. Under his astute guidance, our school has strengthened its reputation as both a caring community where cultures connect, and a nurturing place where learners live and leaders grow. No doubt he will have a similar effect at Kimball Union Academy in the USA where he will become the new Head of School beginning July 1, 2019.
     
    We are enormously grateful for Tyler's professionalism, work ethic, and heart. He and the Lewis Family—Renee, Ben, Finn, and Hadley—embraced the school with gusto four years ago, bringing with them a friendliness, kindness, and spirit to all. We have enjoyed watching their young family grow, and I would be remiss in not singling out and thanking Renee for her support of Tyler, as well as her own contribution to the success of our school. At the end of this academic year, we will not be bidding adieu to Tyler and his family but au revoir, certain in the knowledge that our paths will cross again. 
     
    A key priority of our senior management team over the last four years has been the development and implementation of our school’s strategic plan. BCS adopted a clear and achievable blueprint for the continued success and advancement of our school and, together with the extended community, we are confident that we will continue to realize our bold vision for the future of our students and our school.
     
    As Chair of the Association Board, I will be forming a search committee in the coming days and am committed to reporting regularly to you, the BCS community, about the process. BCS today is thriving and in a very attractive position to appeal to outstanding applicants who will wish to lead our school into the future. I am certain we will find a Head of School best suited to our unique community.
     
    I hope you share in the Board’s excitement for our future and I welcome your feedback.
     
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Linda G. Rodeck, BCS’81
    Chair, BCS Association Board
    [email protected]
  • 2018-11-28 Message from our Head of School

    Dear BCS Community,
     
    BCS today is enjoying an incredible period of strength and renewal, with an air of excitement and enthusiasm felt across campus and beyond. So, it is with regret and a heavy heart that I share with you that the Lewises will be moving on from BCS at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year. It is a family decision for us, but one made deeply challenging by the meaningful connection to the people and place that has welcomed us so graciously for the past four years.
     
    BCS is a thriving school community and I am as confident about its future as I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of, and to serve, this community. 
     
    The engagement of our students and families, passion of our faculty and staff, connection of our extended alumni and friends, and vision of our Board of Directors defines BCS’ trademark excellence. Never have we been more modern, connected, and truly prepared to lead and to draw from the best practices and top talent in the world. Emboldened by a clear strategic plan and a strong senior management team, the future of BCS and its ambitious plans are in good hands. This transition creates opportunity for BCS to seize upon considerable momentum and build upon the great energy within the community.
     
    Our family will always be grateful for the opportunity to find our place in the extended BCS community and will treasure that lifelong connection. For this year, I am focussed and committed to ensuring we continue our success throughout this school year and beyond.  
     
     
    With sincerity and gratitude,
     
    Tyler L. Lewis
    Head of School
    819.566.0238 x201
    [email protected]

Timing Guideline for Search Process

2018-11-28 Departing Head announcement
2018-11-29 Search Committee established
2019-01-24 Interim Head announcement
2019-09-01 Application Deadline
2019-09-15 Semi-finalist interviews
2019-10-01 Finalist on-campus interviews
2019-10-08 Head of School announcement
2020-07-01 Head of School start date
Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.