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

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Ashbury College

Ashbury College

362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0T3

School Type:
IB School,  Academic
Grades (Gender):
4 to 12 (Coed)
$22,440 to $55,300 per 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.

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Ashbury College is an IB, academic school in Ottawa, Ontario, offering both day and boarding options. The school offers programs for grades 4 to 12 with enrolment of 680 students. Ashbury College has an average class size of 17 students and has a tuition of $22,440 to $55,300 per year. This private school requires students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.

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.




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School Entry Points:

  • Entry Points (Day): Students Admitted
    4 Limited
    5 Limited
    6 Limited
    7 Limited
    8 Limited
    9 Limited
    10 Limited
    11 Limited
    12 Limited
  • Entry Points (Boarding): Students Admitted
    9 Limited
    10 Limited
    11 Limited
    12 Limited

Tuition & Financial Aid



Type Tuition
Day Students $22,440 CDN
Boarding Students $55,300 CDN

Scholarships & awards:
Total annual scholarship fund: $525,000 CAD

  • Ashbury Day Student Award
       Amount: $8,000
       Type: Need based
       Grade(s): 4 to 9
  • Ashbury Boarding Student Award
       Amount: $17,000
       Type: Need based
       Grade(s): 9 to 11

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.


Curriculum & Programs

Curriculum & Programs

    Specialty Academics

  • Bilingual School
  • Career planning
  • Community service
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • Exchange programs
  • IB diploma
  • Round Square
  • Study Abroad
  • Summer camps/program
  • Summer studies
  • University counseling

    School Support

  • After-school program
  • Lunch program
  • Private/Individual lessons
  • Transportation
  • Tutoring

    Special Needs

  • Learning study assistance


  • Acting
  • Ceramics
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • Directing
  • Drawing
  • History of Theatre
  • Lighting design
  • Music history
  • Music Theatre/Opera
  • Music theory
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Production
  • Screenwriting
  • Sculpture
  • Set design
  • Theatre design

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Classics
  • Creative writing
  • Debate
  • Ethics
  • Independent study
  • Literature
  • Public speaking
  • Theology
  • World religions


  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • English
  • ESL
  • French
  • Spanish

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Computers

  • Anatomy
  • Computer programming
  • Computer science
  • Physiology
  • Web design

    Academic / Social Clubs

  • Animation
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Club
  • Math Club
  • Robotics club
  • School newspaper
  • Science Club
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook


  • Art Club
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Musical theatre/Opera
  • Photography


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Camping/Canoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Downhill skiing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ice Skating
  • Martial Arts
  • Outdoor Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Running
  • Ski/Snowboard club
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

    Moral Development

  • Character education
  • Faith
  • Leadership
  • Social justice
  • Whole Child

    Admissions & Finances

  • Bursaries
  • Entrance exams
  • Financial aid
  • Interview required
  • Scholarships
  • Sibling discounts

    Religious Affiliation

  • Anglican
  • Non-denominational


  • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations
  • Round Square Associations

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