BCS encourages parents, grandparents, alumni, and employees to participate actively in the school community through volunteerism, as well as financial support beyond tuition. It is only through a highly engaged community that we can continue offering a first-rate and well-rounded educational experience.

Active Participation

In May, alumni and parents have the opportunity to see the students in the Annual Review of the BCS Cadet Corps.
Parents and alumni are encouraged to take an active role in school life. Local families are encouraged to visit BCS often, attending events and volunteering for co-curricular programs and events. Boarding parents and more distant alumni can connect with the BCS community regularly by following school activities on the BCS website and social media, by attending major events like the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and the Annual Review of the BCS Cadet Corps, and by attending BCS Alumni & Friends events held around the world each year.

Volunteer Opportunities

Alumnus Maxime Descôteaux, Ph.D. (BCS’98) spoke in Chapel in April 2014.  Maxime is an Associate Professor at the   Université de Sherbrooke whose leading-edge brain research was featured in the February 2014 edition of  National Geographic.
Broad and diverse engagement of volunteers allows BCS to thrive and offer experiences that enrich young lives. Leading by example, parents, alumni, and friends can contribute their time and make a difference at BCS.

Alumni & Parents Spotlight Presentations
We regularly invite alumni and parents to share their expertise and experience with students. Spotlight presenters have included celebrated authors, athletes, movie producers, scientists, and leaders in business and the arts.

Parent Association
BCS parents are encouraged to connect with the Parent Association, which participates actively in school life by welcoming new families and supporting student initiatives, special programs, and fundraising. A steering committee is elected each year to guide the efforts of the Association.

BCS Ambassadors
BCS alumni and parents are part of a worldwide network that includes leaders in business and finance, science and medicine, the arts, education, law, politics, and much more. BCS helps its community to stay connected, and Ambassadors help raise worldwide awareness of school initiatives.
A Parent & Alumnus’ Perspective

Based on my experience as a student and as the father of a recent graduate, it is my view that BCS is one of the most remarkable high schools in the world, offering a first-class academic, sports, and cultural program in a warm and bilingual environment that permits its students to be successful in life as contributors and leaders. In my view, what makes the BCS environment so special goes well beyond the school’s beautiful and well equipped campus, the unusually small classes, the attention given to each student by its devoted staff, and the insistence on excellence and self-discipline, both on and off the field. What truly makes it so valuable is the national, social, cultural, and religious diversity of its 240 girls and boys from more than 30 countries. In this secure microcosm reflecting the best aspects of our emerging global village, they experience firsthand its promise of mutual respect and cooperation. I have witnessed how their experience and lifelong friendships enrich not only their own lives but those of their families and communities around the world.

For nearly 180 years, the vision and generosity of countless graduates, their families, and friends of the school have permitted BCS to become such a beautiful place. I am proud to contribute to that legacy of giving, as both an alumnus and a parent of a recent graduate.
Robert P. Charlton, B.A., M.A., B.C.L., (BCS'67)

Father of Nicolas Charlton (BCS’11), Robert retired in 2015 as a Senior Partner from one of the world’s largest law firms. He previously studied international affairs under the guidance of the late Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson who inspired his belief in equal opportunity and international cooperation.
Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.