Branksome Hall Asia’s Remarkable Beginning
In March 2009, our sister school Branksome Hall, was invited by the Korean government to establish a campus within the Global Education City on the UNESCO World Heritage island of Jeju, South Korea. Branksome Hall is identified as one of the World’s top 10 boarding schools and it is this achievement that earned us an invitation for this national project.
An international design competition was held to select the architect for our remarkable school. MKPL won the competition and immediately began workshops and consultations with the Branksome Hall community to design a purpose-built campus that would be innovative, iconic, and reflect the mission, vision, and philosophy of Branksome Hall.
All that was needed then was to secure a world-class faculty to help bring our mission to life. This mission influences everything we do - to challenge and inspire girls to love learning and to shape a better world.
Admission of students to Branksome Hall Asia began in January 2012 and the Admissions team assessed and interviewed over 600 prospective students and presented to over 5000 parents in Korea, China, Philippines, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Australia, Singapore, and Japan.
Branksome Hall Asia limited its enrollment to approximately 300 students in its first year with a plan grow to 1200 students at capacity. We are very proud to have grown so quickly with such incredible students!
As we continue to develop, we are able to inspire more and more girls each year, and our graduates are proof of our outstanding education. It is incredible to think, that in just a short number of years since our opening, we are now one of the highest achieving IB schools in East Asia, with students who earn the perfect IB score, attend the world's top 10 universities, receive US patents for their inventions, earn 4-year university scholarships, and much more.
Our Sister School
Founded in 1903, Branksome Hall is an independent school for girls. Today, the school is located on a 13-acre campus in Toronto’s Rosedale neighborhood and educates approximately 900 girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.
The school was founded by Miss Margaret Scott, who served from 1903 to 1910 as the first Principal. Branksome Hall was originally located in a rental property at 102 Bloor Street East, with an enrolment of 70 girls. Seven years later, that property was purchased by the province and Branksome relocated to 592 Sherbourne Street.
In 1912, the school purchased Hollydene, the elegant property at 10 Elm Avenue. The house, built in 1880, included a coach house, which soon contained classrooms, and a gymnasium. Hollydene’s spacious lawns were perfect for outdoor games and garden parties.
Over the years, both the campus and student enrollment expanded. Branksome Hall’s Toronto campus now includes more than a dozen buildings, ranging from heritage mansions to modern structures, all linked by state-of-the-art technology.
While today’s IB World School is globally-minded and has a diverse student body, Branksome Hall has retained many of its early Scottish traditions.
We at Branksome Hall Asia look forward to contributing further to our over 100 years of remarkable history and invite you to be a part of it.
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We are one of the highest achieving IB schools in East Asia with students who earn the perfect IB score, attend the world's top 10 universities, receive US patents for their inventions, and earn full 4-year university scholarships.