Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School is a high school in Bracebridge, Ontario. It serves approximately 900 students, grades 9 through 12, from Bracebridge and surrounding areas in Muskoka; attached to it is the Bracebridge Sportsplex and the Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre.
BMLSS is one of seven secondary schools in the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, and is one of only two high schools in Bracebridge; the other is St. Dominic Catholic Secondary School.
BMLSS is located at 100 Clearbrook Trail, Bracebridge, Ontario, in the same building as the Bracebridge Sportsplex and the Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre. The facility is new, having completed construction in August 2007; the following month, the facility became open for use. The theatre and sportsplex are open to all students, and are used regularly by the dramatic arts classes and phys ed. classes.
The facility was opened to replace the old high school, located in town, built in the early 1920s, as well as the old Bracebridge Culture and Recreation centre (the "Centennial Centre"), which was over 30 years old. The old buildings still exist; the old location of the high school has been remodeled into McMurray Condos and Lofts, while the old Culture and Recreation centre was remodeled and became a Georgian College campus for Muskoka.
BMLSS offers an Advanced Placement (AP) program, which allows students to potentially bypass a first-year credit in University; the school is one of only two in the district to offer this program. Grade 12 courses offering this include Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Functions, French, and English.
BMLSS also offers regular exchange programs to various countries around the world; the student may choose from one-month, three-month, or year-long exchanges.
The school also offers the Specialist High Skills Major program in construction, communications and technology and in health & wellness.
BMLSS has been widely known for sports; in 2006, two senior female soccer players were asked to play for a Toronto team. One of them has now been asked to try out for the Canadian Girls National Soccer Team.
In 2007, BMLSS Native Alex Watson was accepted onto the Canadian U-17 Rugby Team. In 2008, Students, Curtis Lauzon and Thomas Edwards were accepted onto the Ontario U-15 Rugby Team.
Teams and groups include: fencing, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, hockey, curling, badminton, rugby, lacrosse, cross-country, track and field, nordic skiing, field hockey, swimming, and volleyball. Other clubs at BMLSS include their improv teams Electric Impulse, Static Shock, and Nine Volts, chess club, Concert Band, Stage Band, Outers Club, the Mountain Bike Club, Horticultural Club, and Reach Team, Fencing, Robotics, Character Education, Student Parliament (SPAR), and Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club. All of the sporting teams both have Senior and Junior divisions separated by gender.
BMLSS is also the high school for local musician Kasandra Cutting, who often plays on the local radio, Moose FM.