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Ashbury College
Ashbury College
362 Mariposa Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0T3
Contact name:
Bruce Mutch

Phone number:
(613) 749-5954×
Ashbury College

Ashbury College

362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0T3

Traditional,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
4 to 12 (Coed)
$22,440 to 52,300/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 580 (Gr. 4 - 12), Boarding: 100 (Gr. 9 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Bruce Mutch

Phone Number:

School Address
362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0T3

About this school:

Established in 1891, Ashbury College is an IB coeducational facility recognized as one of Canada’s leading day and boarding schools for students in Grades 4–12. Motivated students from 50+ countries benefit from rigorous academic programs, over 70 co-curricular activities, 100% university placement rate, and an average class size of 17. New to the stunning 13-acre campus in the heart of Canada's National Capital Region is a Creative Learning Centre, opened in September 2014, to house music and art classes.

Upcoming Events Next event: October 20, 2015

upcoming events
  • October 25, 2015: Visit this school at the Ottawa Private School Expo: booth #1
    Delta Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon Street N, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5T9 Canada, here
    Join us Sunday, October 25 from 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Speak with school representatives, parents, students and experts face-to-face and learn about many different schools in one day, at one location at the Ottawa Private School Expo, the largest school fair in Ottawa.

  • October 20, 2015Admissions Information Session
    Ashbury College, 362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, October 20 from 09:00 pm

    Are you curious about Ashbury’s admissions policies, academic programming, athletic offerings or financial assistance options? Join us on October 20 at 7 pm to learn more about the advantages of an Ashbury education. Tour the school, chat with students, teachers and parents, and see learning in action in our exciting classroom displays. Everyone is welcome!

    Ashbury College is located at 362 Mariposa Avenue in the heart of Rockcliffe. On-site and nearby street parking will be available.

    Contact admissions@ashbury.ca for more information. 

Principal's Message


Norman Southward, Head of School

Norman became Ashbury’s tenth Head of School at the beginning of January, 2014. He brings with him 20 years of education experience, including seven as Principal of Neuchâtel Junior College in Switzerland and 11 at Stanstead College in Québec, where he served five years as Assistant Headmaster. Most recently, he was Headmaster at St. John’s-Kilmarnock School, an IB World School of 400 students (JK-12) serving the Waterloo and Guelph regions of Ontario.

Norman’s career in social studies, second language and international education includes the completion of the CAIS Diploma in Independent School Leadership and his participation in visiting committees with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS). He has served as vice-chair of the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) for five years including organizer of the SGIS annual educator’s conference for over 40 international schools. He currently sits on the board of the Conference of Independent Schools (CIS) in Ontario, and chairs the CIS Governance Committee. He has presented at the International Baccalaureate Annual Conferences, international schools in China and is enthusiastic in developing a range of experiential and learning opportunities for students.




Curriculum Traditional, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What Ashbury College says: The liberal education provided by the Ashbury College teaches students to think, speak and write clearly, critically and creatively. It leads them to explore the core subjects that comprise our human heritage and are the hallmarks of an educated person. It develops a healthy body and illuminates the spirit by inspiring students to look beyond themselves towards the greater good. Ashbury graduates enter university with the knowledge, skills, integrity and compassion born of careful scholarship, richly rewarding faculty contacts, physical activity and spiritual reflection.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:

    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    • Calculator policy: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    Early Reading Whole Language

      Whole Language reading programs eschew sublexical (under the word-level) training, focusing instead on getting students to infer and guess at words based on their understanding of the larger meaning of the sentence (“context-clues”). Students are given ample opportunity to read actual literature (age-appropriate) along with strategies for using semantic-based clues to pronounce unrecognized words.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    • DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   10
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
    • What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    • Ashbury College's approach to sex-ed: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    Religious Education
    • What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)

      Group 2 (Language B)

        Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

          Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

            Group 5 (Mathematics)

              Group 6 (The Arts)

              Curriculum Pace Accelerated

              • Standard-enriched
              • Accelerated
              • Student-paced

              The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

              What Ashbury College says: Teaching at Ashbury College is characterized by meaningful and respectful relationships between faculty and students, the teachers' profound engagement with their disciplines, and a diverse range of pedagogical approaches.

              Flexible pacing:

              Flexible pacing style = offered
              Subject-streaming (tracking)
              Multi-age classrooms as standard
              Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
              Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
              Regular guided independent study opportunities
              Differentiated assessment

              What Ashbury College says about flexible pacing: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

              Academic Culture Rigorous

              • Rigorous
              • Supportive

              A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

              What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

              Developmental Priorities Balanced

              Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
              Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

              What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]

              Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

              Mild difficulties

              Ashbury College can provide support for mild disablities. Ashbury College does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

              • Academic Support:

                Support Type = offered
                Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
                Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
              • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

                Support Type = offered
                Extra support

              Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

              Accelerated curriculum

              All students enrolled at Ashbury College are on an accelerated curriculum -- whether they are classified as gifted or not. This means they perform the work of older peers in the provincial system..

              Segregated gifted programs:

              Program = offered
              Full-time gifted school
              Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
              Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

              Inclusive practices:

              Practice = offered
              Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
              Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
              Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
              Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
              Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)

              What Ashbury College says: [Ashbury College has not provided this information]


              What Ashbury College says:
              • 8 City Championship Teams, 10 Teams represented NCSSAA at OFSAA 2 OFSAA Gold and 4 OFSAA Bronze

              • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
                Cross-country skiing
                Downhill skiing
                Field Hockey
                Ice Hockey
                Ice Skating
                Martial Arts
                Track & Field
              • Clubs Offered
                Art Club
                Audiovisual Club
                Chess Club
                Community Service
                Computer Club
                Debate Club
                Drama Club
                Environmental Club
                Foreign Language Club
                Jazz Ensemble
                Math Club
                Musical theatre/Opera
                Outdoor Club
                Outdoor Education
                Robotics club
                Round Square
                School newspaper
                Science Club
                Student Council

              Tuition & Financial Aid



              Day Boarding
              Boarding $52,300


              Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
              3rd child (sibling)all students$1,000
              4th child (sibling)all students$1,000

              Need-based financial aid

              Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 4 to 12
              Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
              Average aid package size$6,700
              Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid8%
              Total aid available$500,000

              Application Deadline:
              Rolling deadline

              More information:

              Application Details:

              Merit based Scholarships

              Ashbury College has not provided this information.


              Total enrollment 680
              Average enrollment per grade76
              Gender (grades)4 to 12 (Coed)
              Boarding offered Gr. 9 - 12
              % in boarding (total enrollment)15%

              Student distribution: We do not have this data for Ashbury College




              Admissions Assessments:

              Assessment = requiredGrades
              Interview4 - 11
              SSAT (out of province)
              Entrance Exam(s)4 - 11

              Application Deadlines:

              Day students:
              November 30, 2015

              Boarding students:

              What Ashbury College says:

              Confidential Reference
              We require one Confidential Reference per applicant. Please forward the following link to your child’s English or math teacher: www.ashbury.ca/rec. The Confidential Reference must be completed and submitted within 10 days of receipt.

              Application Fee
              The $150.00 application fee is non-refundable and is payable by Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

              School Reports
              Please forward a copy of the applicant’s final report card from their last completed academic year, as well as any interim report cards as they become available. Email report cards to admissions@ashbury.ca, fax to +1.613.749.9724 or mail to Admissions, Ashbury College, 362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1M 0T3.

              All applicants will be interviewed during their Day Visit. Applicants unable to visit Ashbury College must participate in a telephone or Skype interview.  To schedule your interview please contact us at admissions@ashbury.ca or +1.613.749.5954.

              Day Visit
              Grades 4–8 applicants must spend a day at the school at any time during the application process. Grades 9 – 11 applicants are encouraged, but not required, to spend a day at Ashbury College at any time during the application process. Applicants living at a distance are excused from the Day Visit requirement. Please email admissions@ashbury.ca or call +1.613.749.5954 to make arrangements for a Day Visit

              Entrance Examination
              The Entrance Exam consists of a writing sample (not knowledge-based) and a standardized multiple-choice test for reading, mathematics and English-language skills at the applicant’s current grade level. For those living at a distance arrangements can be made to write the examination in your home community. Please bring a pencil, eraser, calculator, protractor and ruler to the exam; the protractor is not required for Grade 4 applicants. Registration is not required. Entrance examination dates.

              Students may also write the SSAT (Additional Fee).

              Financial Assistance Program
              If you are interested in financial assistance, please view our Tuition and Financial Assistance Page or contact us at admissions@ashbury.ca or +1.613.749.5954.


              Acceptance Rate:


              Type of student Ashbury College is looking for: Ashbury College has not provided this information

              Day Boarding

              Student Entry Points

              Student Type456789101112
              Day Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              Boarding Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)

              University Placement

              Services = offered
              Career planning
              Mentorship Program
              University counseling
              Key Numbers
              Average graduating class size140
              *Canadian "Big 6" placements54
              **Ivy+ placementsN/A

              *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University of Alberta or Dalhousie.

              **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

              What Ashbury College says:

            • 100% university placement for the past 15 years.

            • Notable Alumni

              Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
              John Turner 1946 Prime Minister of Canada. Rhodes Scholar.
              Stockwell Day 1968 Leader of the Canadian Alliance Party. Federal Minster for: Public Safety; International Trade. President of the Treasury Board
              E.P. Taylor 1919 Business tycoon and breeder of thoroughbred race horses.
              Douglass North 1938 Nobel Prize winner for Economics
              Guy Simonds 1921 Lieutenant General. Commanded the II Canadian Corps during World War II. Appointed Chief of the General Staff.
              Matthew Perry 1987 Actor best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the popular NBC sitcom "Friends"
              Ben Barry 2001 Founder and CEO of the Ben Barry Agency, a modelling agency known for its use of diverse models. High profile author and women's health advocate.

              Stories & Testimonials


              Community Service

              Ashbury College provides an intensive Community Service program. Not only do students meet the 40 hour requirement of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, but we have an in-house awards program of Bronze (60-119 hours), Silver (120-199 hours), Gold (200-399 hours) and Platinum (400+ hours). Students are engaged in a variety of activities with the local, national and global communities. As students become aware, involved and committed they learn how to take on leadership roles and become responsible, compassionate citizens. The rewards are largely intrinsic, but they are life-long. From these activities, students learn how to live meaningful lives in an ever-changing world. They learn to make a difference. Community Service Facts: *Ashbury College is involved with 20+ agencies *Ashbury College is involved with 6 retirement homes *Ashbury College is involved with 6 hospitals *In January, Ashbury students raised $7000 with the IB Gala. The proceeds went to Cornerstone for their 3 homeless shelters in Ottawa *In March, Ashbury students participate in Daffodil Day to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society *In April, students will spend a Saturday at various charities and agencies completing 7 hours of volunteer work as part of the Youth Day of Caring *In May, Ashbury students will man a water station for the National Capital Race benefiting various charities Other Community Service projects have included: Coins for Patients, Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS, and Youth Action Day. ...

              IB Programme

              The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is a comprehensive, two-year university preparatory curriculum with more than 500,000 students in 2000 schools in 124 countries. It is excellent preparation for post-secondary study and is recognized by universities world-wide. This recognition includes attractive admission packages, scholarships and advanced course placement. Ashbury College has been an IB World School since January 1975, sharing the core values of internationalism and lifelong learning and embracing the IB curriculum as the cornerstone of our academic excellence. IB Diploma candidates select from each of six subject groups and complete three additional requirements. Most IB subjects are two-year programs with examinations in May of the Grade 12 year. There are two challenge levels, Higher (HL) and Standard (SL) and students choose three subjects at each level. Those students who take two Language A subjects, typically English A1and French A2, achieve the IB Bilingual Diploma. If a student chooses to take IB certificates in individual subjects instead of the full IB Diploma, any work done at the HL may also be recognized by universities for advanced course placement. The International Baccalaureate Diploma has the additional feature of a Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) component. This requires that each student participates in a minimum 150 hours over two years in creative or artistic projects, sports and community service activities. ...


              Set in the heart of Canada's National Capital, Ashbury College is a dynamic and nurturing learning community committed to educational excellence. We assist about 100 boarding students from close to 30 countries to achieve their highest potential as responsible and committed citizens of the world. Our students learn and live at Ashbury College. As such, the boarding program is intense and its impact on the students is enormous. We are a quality residential learning community for students who live on the Ashbury College campus. We know that whether the teaching is direct or indirect, what students learn in their residential environment is critical to their social and emotional growth and adjustment. The Boarding Program cannot and does not replace the home or supplant family relationships; it is nevertheless a place where students learn to live and work with each other. The residence is a learning community within which students practice and learn life skills that are critical to their success as individuals and as contributing members of society. ...

              Dramatic Arts/ Theatre Ashbury

              Dramatic Arts The courses which comprise the programme are designed to promote the personal development of students intellectually, emotionally, culturally, socially, and physically. The theatre programme includes both the aesthetic and the educative dimensions of drama; i.e., theatre is both the subject and the medium of study. Theatre is both a form of artistic expression and a learning process. The courses involve studies in psychology and sociology. Theatre Ashbury One of the goals of Theatre Ashbury is to instil in its casts and crews a desire to achieve excellence. Each team member must make a conscious decision to support this ideal and to maintain this, and other commitments through the many long hours of training and rehearsal. High standards are not easy to achieve. They are often exhausting and frustrating because they require great effort, time, and perseverance. Students learn high standards at a young age, and those involved in Theatre Ashbury productions are to be congratulated for their commitment to that standard. “Theatre as Education” encompasses all the goals and objectives of an excellent Dramatic Arts programme, but then goes much further. It is the underlying philosophy of Theatre Ashbury’s success. “Theatre as Education” involves more than teaching Dramatic Arts and putting on a play. It requires each student to thoroughly understand the themes of the play and the issues involved. This necessitates an excellent understanding of the play's psychology, anthropology, sociology, and history. Experts from the community are recruited for this task. “Theatre as Education” originated with Theatre Ashbury. Students are expected to be knowledgeable about the themes and issues of the plays. They must be able to effectively apply this information on the stage and realize its application in life. ...

              Alumni Testimonial

              My four-year Ashbury experience culminated on the front lawns of in early June of 1999. Now, more than a decade later, I still find myself humbled by my high school experiences at Ashbury. I entered the school to find myself among a class of exceptionally talented young men and women who were athletes and mathematicians, actors and debaters, humorists and scholars, artists and musicians. Not to mention they were from more countries than I could total on my hands and feet. At the time, I was a mild-mannered young man raised in the unforgiving sport of competitive figure skating. Throughout my time at Ashbury I dedicated myself to my school work, my figure skating and my oboe. I made many friends, many of whom I still keep in touch with today including a handful of ninth grade students I watched over as a prefect in my final year. Now as graduates, we often find ourselves talking equally about the massive amounts of reading required to keep up with Mr. Penton's English classes as we do the inter-house games and the antics of our fellow classmates. The high school experience for me was a mix of academics and personal development. To me however, Ashbury taught me to value being a part of an exceptional community of individuals. The communities I have been a part of since leaving Ashbury taught me many things and yet my ability to comprehend and internalize these lessons I profoundly owe to Ashbury. Ashbury as an institution of faculty, staff and students expected great things from me as a budding scholar, an athlete and a growing adolescent. --Mark Butt holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware and a masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He performed and toured in a professional company, Disney on Ice, in Beauty and the Beast as a professional figure skater prior to joining the undergraduate admissions selection committee at Johns Hopkins University. Mark's family currently resides in Ottawa.



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