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Ashbury College

362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0T3

Traditional,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 4 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$26,300 to 64,700/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 592 (Gr. 4 - 12), Boarding: 108 (Gr. 9 - 12)

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. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Ashbury College

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Ashbury celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016, making it one of the oldest schools in the nation. Of that class, it’s also one of the larger schools, with an annual enrollment in the 800 range. There are benefits to size, and Ashbury displays them, with a wealth of extra-curricular activities and co-curricular programs. The school was founded by a graduate of Oxford, Canon George Penrose Woollcombe, who cast the school within the academic tradition that Oxford was, and is, an example of. That said, times change, and certainly Ashbury did as well. The school was an early adopter of global education, most obviously with the addition of the IB program in 1976. Girls were enrolled in 1982, and while the boys still marginally outnumber the girls, the school continues to move toward gender parity. The list of alumni is impressive, including a prime minister, John Turner, and a Nobel laureate, Douglass North. The ideal student is one looking for a challenge, and who can function well in very active curricular and extracurricular environments.

School busing:

Ashbury College offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider.

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
    Career-related program
  • Approach:

  • 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: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    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: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Ashbury College says: This information is not currently available.

    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: This information is not currently available.

    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: This information is not currently available.

    • 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: This information is not currently available.

    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: This information is not currently available.

    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: This information is not currently available.

    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: This information is not currently available.

    • 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
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What Ashbury College says: This information is not currently available.

    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: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Ashbury College says: This information is not currently available.

    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)

              Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
              Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

              What Ashbury College says: All Grade 11 physical education students are certified in Standard First Aid and CPR and Defibrillator through our Red Cross instructors. We include the P.A.R.T.Y. Program (Prevention of Alcohol and Related Trauma in Youth) at the Ottawa Hospital which falls into personal and injury prevention. In our mental illness program, we partner with The Royal Ottawa Hospital with on-site presentations and discussions with the TAMI Program (Talking About Mental Illness).

              Mostly value-neutral

              By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

              Fairly value-based

              Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


              This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


              This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

              What Ashbury College says: This information is not currently available.

              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).

              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: This information is not currently available.

              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: This information is not currently available.

              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: This information is not currently available.

              Special Needs Support No support

              No support

              Ashbury College offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

              • 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
              • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
                Special needs
                ADHD (moderate to severe)
                Learning disabilities
                Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
                Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
                Language Processing Disorder
                Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
                Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
                Asperger's Syndrome
                Down syndrome
                Intellectual disability
                Williams syndrome
                Behavioral and Emotional
                Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
                Clinical Depression
                Clinical anxiety
                Suicidal thoughts
                Drug and alcohol abuse
                Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
                Multiple sclerosis
                Cerebral palsy
                Muscular dystrophy
                Spina Bifida
                Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
                Cystic Fibrosis
                Multiple physical
              • Forms of support delivery:
                Support Type = offered
                A regular class with indirect support
                A regular class with resource assistance
                A regular class with withdrawal assistance
                A special education class with partial integration
                A full-time special education class
              • Additional Support:
                Support Type = offered
                Social skills programs
                Occupational therapy
                Speech-language therapy

              Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

              Dedicated gifted programs:

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

              Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.

              In-class adaptations:
              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)
              Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
              Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
              Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
              Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

              What Ashbury College says: This information is not currently available.

              Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

              Class Sizes Not available

              This information is not currently available.


              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 $64,700


              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

              This information is not currently available.


              Total enrollment 700
              Average enrollment per grade78
              Average class size17
              Gender (grades)Gr. 4 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
              Boarding offered Gr. 9 - 12
              % in boarding (total enrollment)15%
              % in boarding (grade-eligible)20%

              If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

              Student distribution:

              Day Enrollment1820215561100110109108
              Boarding Enrollment11274328



              Admissions Assessments:

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

              Application Deadlines:

              Day students:
              March 09, 2018

              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 [email protected], 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or +1.613.749.5954.


              Acceptance Rate:


              Type of student Ashbury College is looking for: We are looking for curious and engaged students who will contribute to Ashbury College in many different ways. We have a very diverse student body that is highly involved in many different aspects of life at Ashbury College.

              Day Boarding

              Student Entry Points

              Student Type456789101112
              Day Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              18 (70%)2 - 4 (70%)1 - 2 (70%)35 (70%)5 - 7 (70%)45 - 50 (70%)12 - 15 (70%)10 - 15 (70%)2 - 3 (70%)
              Boarding Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              10 - 11 (70%)10 - 13 (70%)20 - 25 (70%)0 - 1 (70%)

              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, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

              **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. ...


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