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Ridley College
Ridley College
2 Ridley Road, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7C3
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Ridley College

2 Ridley Road, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7C3

Curriculum:
Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$15,500 to 63,700/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
17
Enrolment:
Day: 307 (Gr. JK - 12), Boarding: 358 (Gr. 5 - 12)
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Julie Cameron

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School Address
2 Ridley Road, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7C3

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About this school:

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A ticket to the world in your hand, the keys to knowledge in your pocket, true friends by your side and the resources of a legacy at your back. Ridley is a school that prepares students for the world. Co-educational, JK to Grade 12 with a Post-Graduate option and boarding beginning in Grade 5, Ridley is the only IB continuum boarding school in Canada. Ridley offers students a forward-looking and rigorous university preparatory education relevant to the most selective colleges and universities around the globe.


The Our Kids review of Ridley College

our takeRidley expresses so many of the great traditions of private school, and it comes by all of them absolutely honestly. The school was founded in 1889, making it one of the oldest schools in the country. It began life as an Anglican boys’ school—it was named after an Anglican Bishop—but is non-denominational today, and has been co-ed since 1973. That said, many of the traditions that inform the life of the school today date to the founding, including chapel meetings that serve to bring the school together around shared events and shared values. The school maintains a cadet corps, the largest of its kind in Canada. The chapel, and indeed all of the buildings that comprise the campus, are, frankly, gorgeous. It’s easily one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. The strategic plan, implemented in 2014, provided an opportunity to take stock of the school at the time of its 125th anniversary, including a dedication to maintaining a global perspective across the breadth of the curriculum. Throughout its long history Ridley has maintained a reputation as one of the best schools in Canada, one that no doubt will remain for very many years to come. The ideal student is one who arrives predisposed to make the most of the wide range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities that will be made available to them. 


School busing:
Ridley College offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider AM only. The regions it offers busing from are Niagara-on-the-Lake, Saint Catharines, Hamilton, Lincoln, Grimsby.
Additional notes: Route 1: Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Port Dalhousie Route 2: Stoney Creek, Grimsby, Beamsville

Principal's Message

principal

J. Edward Kidd, Headmaster

Welcome to Ridley!

 

One of the favourite times of my day is the opportunity to walk the halls of Ridley College, drop in on classrooms and watch active learning in action. At Ridley College, you will find that students are engaged in exploring new ideas, debating eternal questions and solving relevant problems. Learning is student centered and exciting to witness!

 

In our Lower School, you will discover inquiry-based learning in all classrooms from kindergarten to grade 8. Students engage with ‘big ideas’ and pursue essential and enduring questions – ‘what is an economy and how does it impact the human experience?” You’ll see students Skype interviewing an anthropologist from Kansas. You’ll hear the excitement of innovation in the robotics lab. 

 

In our Upper School, you will meet young adults who confidently pursue their passions – academic inquiry, athletic endeavor, or artistic expression. You will see focused and disciplined students leading a Socratic seminar in a literature class, singing a solo in chapel or persevering through a 2 kilometer time trial in our indoor rowing tank.

 

Cultivating the full potential in each student requires a caring, committed and world-class faculty. The task also requires intimate relationships that are built day by day, year after year. At Ridley, you’ll find a community of adults who are excited to build those relationships. As a boarding school, Ridley provides students with a 24/7 experience that will help you cultivate those lifelong  bonds with peers and adults alike – in the classroom, in the House, on the ice or in the theatre.

 

The reality is that one cannot be certain what children and young adults can do until we challenge them to be their best. At Ridley, students are surrounded by peers who share their sense of purpose, who believe in the value of hard work and who are building the courage to pursue their dreams. Add to this the experience and care of a community of adults who are dedicated to nurturing their potential, and you have the Ridley formula.

 

I hope that our website offers you a glimpse into the life of our unique community of learners and that you are inspired to look deeper into the Ridley experience. Check out our Youtube channel to get a real glimpse into the Ridley difference. Better yet, I invite you to visit the School, to soak in its idyllic setting, to experience classes in action, to meet teachers and Head of Houses' and to talk with students. We warmly welcome you and your family to Ridley. 

 

I look forward to greeting you on campus in the near future.

 

Come experience the legacy that is a Ridley education.

 

J. Edward Kidd

Headmaster


Academics


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate


What Ridley College says: A ticket to the world in your hand, the keys to knowledge in your pocket, true friends by your side, and the resources of a legacy at your back. Ridley College is a school of the world that prepares students for the world. Co-educational, Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 with a Post-Graduate option and boarding beginning in Grade 5, Ridley College is certified in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, making Ridley one of 15 International Baccalaureate continuum schools in Canada and the only boarding school in Canada with this distinction. A Canadian school born of the new world yet built on classical British boarding school roots, Ridley offers students a forward-looking and rigorous university preparatory education relevant to the most selective colleges and universities around the globe.\n\n

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


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

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

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


    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • 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 Ridley College says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies
    • What Ridley 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 Ridley 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 Ridley College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • German • Latin • 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
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Ridley College says: Teaching the Visual Arts at Ridley College is a unique privilege as the school offers world class studio resources and a student body that brings to the learning experience a diverse range of cultural perspectives. The first key role of art education is to facilitate the development of fundamental skills that enhance a student’s capacity to engage with tasks involving refined hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning and fine motor control. Through the careful observation required for various drawing, painting and sculpting exercises, students enhance their visual acuity and sensitivity to the complexity of the visual world. The second key role of art education is the development of an awareness of art as an essential component of civilization. Most importantly, students gain an understanding of why creativity, self-expression and the pursuit of aesthetic form are fundamental aspects of life.


    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    Religious Education We have no compulsory religion courses


      Learn about the different religious education approaches  


    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Ridley College says: This information is not currently available.


    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)
    • English Literature SL
    • English Literature HL

    Group 2 (Language B)
    • Spanish SL
    • Spanish HL
    • Spanish ab initio SL
    • German ab initio SL
    • Mandarin ab initio SL

    Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)
    • Business and Management SL
    • Business and Management HL
    • Economics SL
    • Economics HL
    • Geography SL
    • Geography HL
    • History SL
    • History HL
    • Psychology SL
    • Psychology HL

    Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)
    • Chemistry SL
    • Chemistry HL
    • Biology SL
    • Biology HL
    • Physics SL
    • Physics HL
    • Design Technology SL
    • Design Technology HL
    • Computer Science SL
    • Computer Science HL
    • Environmental Systems SL

    Group 5 (Mathematics)
    • Mathematical Studies SL
    • Mathematics SL
    • Mathematics HL

    Group 6 (The Arts)
    • Theatre SL
    • Theatre HL
    • Visual Arts SL
    • Visual Arts HL
    • Film SL
    • Film HL

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 5 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity

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

    Approach:
    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.

    Traditional

    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.

    Progressive

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


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



    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Ridley College says: The Kindergarten programme at Ridley College provides a rich and stimulating inquiry and play-based learning environment that enables students to develop a sense of curiosity and an understanding of the world around them. Classroom materials and artifacts are carefully selected to support student learning and spark creativity. The Kindergarten programme at Ridley College not only supports holistic development of the child - cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development - it provides learning opportunities that instill growth-mindset and support overall well-being, mental health, and resiliency in each child.


    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 Ridley 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 Ridley College says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

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


    Special Needs Support Moderate

    Moderate

    Ridley College provides special accomodations for certain learning disabilities (moderate to severe). They do not provide specialized support for developmental disabilities, 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
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      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
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

    Accelerated curriculum

    All students enrolled at Ridley 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..

    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: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    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 Ridley 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Ridley College students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesJK to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 12
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 12
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

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

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods. Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

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



    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What Ridley College says:
    • First Nations Advocacy Committee
    • Model U.N.
    • Days for Girls
    • Postive Spaces Group
    • Amnesty International
    • Cappies Review

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Field Hockey
      Football
      Golf
      Gymnastics
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Squash
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Cross-country skiing
      Cycling
      Downhill skiing
      Fencing
      Martial Arts
      Snowboarding
      Weightlifting
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Poetry/Literature club
      Radio club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
     
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    Day$15,500$17,500$21,950$26,950$31,950
    Boarding (Domestic)$56,950
    Boarding (International)$63,700


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 5 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid18%
    Average aid package size$16,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid16%
    Total aid available$1,000,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:
    https://www.ridleycollege.com/podium/default.aspx?t=137010

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    In order for Ridley to review a family's request for need-based aid via Apple Financial Services, the admissions process must be complete and an offer of admission must be granted.



    Merit based Scholarships

    Merit Scholarship
    Amount: $15,000
    Academic
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 5 to 12—

    Through the generosity of donors and benefactors, Ridley is able to offer merit-based scholarship to students with exceptional potential.  These funds are dedicated to the recruitment of new students of the highest caliber and potential.

    Scholarship consideration is based on the following three criteria:

    1. a student’s record of academic success, as measured by their transcript and confidential report
    2. a student’s academic potential, as measured by results of taking the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)
    3. a student’s perceived special talents or potential to make contributions to the life of the College, as determined by the Scholarship Committee

    There is no separate application for the scholarship programme.  Necessary materials are obtained from the student’s application for admission.

    Each applicant must sit for an administration of the SSAT examination. The examination may be taken at Ridley (see our website for dates) or any authorized SSAT test location. Test registration is required at www.ssat.org. 

    Students that score in the top 50th percentile on the SSAT may qualify to receive a scholarship. Possible scholarship amounts vary by grade. For example:

    * day students entering Grade 5 or 6 can earn a maximum award of $5,000

    * day students entering Grade 7 or 8 can earn a maximum award of $7,500

    * day students entering the Upper School (i.e., Grades 9 to 12) can earn a maximum award of $10,000

    * domestic and international boarding students are eligible to earn a maximum award of $15,000

    Application Details:

    There is no separate application for the scholarship programme.  Necessary materials are obtained from the student’s application for admission.

    Each applicant must sit for an administration of the SSAT examination and list Ridley as a 'score recipient' through the SSAT website. The examination may be taken at Ridley or any authorized SSAT test location. Test registration is required at www.ssat.org. 

    For more details, visit: www.ridleycollege.com/podium/default.aspx?t=137010

    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 665
    Average enrollment per grade44
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 5 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)54%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)60%

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


    Student distribution:

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    Day Enrollment311121113162120172928444339
    Boarding Enrollment124264376101105

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 12
    SSAT5 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay4 - 12
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    What Ridley College says:

    The SSAT is only a requirement for those students applying for a merit-based scholarship. 

    Mid-year entries are dependent on available space and applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    61%

    Type of student Ridley College is looking for: The Ridley Admissions Committee looks for students who are engaged and motivated individuals. It looks for students who demonstrate potential to make a positive contribution to the Ridley community and who will take advantage of the many opportunities available at the school - in the classroom and the boarding houses, and in the arts, athletics, leadership, and community service activities. Students who are well-rounded, open-minded, enthusiastic, and academically-focused are encouraged to apply.


    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

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    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size150
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements42
    **Ivy+ placements5

    *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)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): University of Toronto Western University University of Ottawa Queen's University University of Guelph Carleton University Ryerson University McMaster University University of Waterloo Brock University University of British Columbia Wilfrid Laurier University Dalhousie University York University University of Windsor Acadia University McGill University Mount Allison University Trent University Northeastern University Huron University College Laurentian University University of Guelph-Humber Simon Fraser University Saint Mary's University Boston University University of Southern California St. Francis Xavier University Humber College King's College London King's University College New York University University of Victoria Florida Institute of Technology Lakehead University Nipissing University Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus Bishop's University George Brown College Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Royal Holloway, University of London The University of Edinburgh Concordia University - Montreal Fanshawe College University of Ontario Institute of Technology University of Washington Brescia University College Georgia Institute of Technology Lynn University University of New Brunswick Newcastle University Niagara College Ottawa University The University of Manchester University of St Andrews The University of Warwick University of Alberta American University University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles Colby College Durham University Hofstra University University of Miami Purdue University Quest University Canada Rochester Institute of Technology Syracuse University University of Aberdeen University of Leeds University of the Arts London York University Glendon Campus Algoma University College Babson College Birmingham City University Bond University University of Calgary Capilano University Carnegie Mellon University University of Colorado at Boulder University of Connecticut Dean College Drexel University Durham College The George Washington University Georgian College University of Hong Kong University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Istituto Marangoni, London Johns Hopkins University University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology Niagara University Nova Southeastern University Oxford Brookes University University of Pennsylvania Queen Mary University of London University of Regina Salve Regina University University of Saskatchewan School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning Universidad Iberoamericana University at Buffalo The State University of New York University of Bristol University of Kent University of Reading University of Southampton University of Sydney University of Westminster Academy of Art University Arizona State University The University of Arizona The Art Institute of Vancouver Auburn University Australian National University Bard College Barry University Bentley University Binghamton University Universita Bocconi Boston College Brigham Young University Brown University Brunel University London Bryant University California University of Pennsylvania University of California, Berkeley University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts Canisius College Cape Breton University Cardiff University Clark University Universidad Complutense de Madrid Conestoga College Connecticut College University College Cork Cornell University University of Delaware University of Denver Drew University Heriot-Watt University,Dubai Campus Eckerd College Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne EICAR-International Film School of Paris Emily Carr University of Art + Design Fisher College Fleming College University of Florida Fraser International College French Fashion University Esmod International Dubai George Mason University Goldsmiths, University of London Harvey Mudd College Hawaii Pacific University Heriot-Watt University Hobart and William Smith Colleges ICN Business School NÌ_rnberg IE University Imperial College London Indiana University at Bloomington The University of Iowa Jacobs University University of Kentucky University of King's College Kingston University Lebanon Valley College Leeds College of Art & Design Les Roches International School of Hotel Management Les Roches International School of Hotel Management - Marbella University of Lethbridge Lewis & Clark College Liverpool John Moores University London Metropolitan University London South Bank University Louisiana State University Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago Loyola University Maryland Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Macquarie University University of Maine Manhattanville College University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Massachusetts, Lowell Memorial University of Newfoundland- Grenfell Campus Memorial University of Newfoundland Met Film School (London) Miami University, Oxford University of Michigan Monash University Mount Holyoke College Mount Saint Vincent University National University of Ireland, Galway University of New England New York Film Academy The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Northern British Columbia Northern Virginia Community College - Woodbridge Campus Northwestern University University of Notre Dame Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences Occidental College Otis College of Art and Design Pace University, New York City Pennsylvania State University, Altoona Pitzer College Pomona College Pratt Institute Prince Edward Island, Univ of Princeton University Queen's University Belfast Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute University of Rochester Rollins College Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical University of Bahrain Royal Military College of Canada Saint Michael's College University of San Diego University of San Francisco Santa Clara University Savannah College of Art and Design School of Visual Arts Skidmore College University of Southern Maine Southern Methodist University St. John's University - Manhattan Campus St. Lawrence University Stanford University State University of New York at Albany Stony Brook University The University of Tampa Texas A&M University The Atlantic Bridge Program The Culinary Institute of America (NY) The New School - All Divisions The Ohio State University Tilburg University Trinity Western University Union College (New York) Universidad del Sagrado Corazon Universiteit Leiden University College Maastricht University for the Creative Arts University of Brighton University of Essex University of Exeter The University of Melbourne The University of Nottingham The University of Queensland University of Surrey University of Sussex The University of Western Australia Université de Montréal UNSW Australia Vancouver Island University Vesalius College Washington University in St. Louis Wentworth Institute of Technology Western Carolina University WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management University of Wisconsin, Madison Worcester Polytechnic Institute Yale University
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): University of Toronto Queen's University Western University University of Guelph Brock University Dalhousie University University of Ottawa University of Waterloo University of British Columbia Ryerson University Wilfrid Laurier University McMaster University Carleton University York University University of Windsor Mount Allison University Northeastern University Huron University College University of Southern California Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland McGill University University of Victoria Bishop's University Fanshawe College Laurentian University Boston University St. Francis Xavier University King's College London King's University College New York University Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus University of Washington Brescia University College The University of Warwick University of the Arts London Carnegie Mellon University Johns Hopkins University Niagara University Trent University Simon Fraser University Saint Mary's University Humber College Florida Institute of Technology Nipissing University George Brown College The University of Edinburgh Concordia University - Montreal Georgia Institute of Technology Lynn University University of New Brunswick Niagara College Ottawa University The University of Manchester American University University of California, Davis University of California, Los Angeles Colby College Durham University Purdue University Quest University Canada Algoma University College Babson College Bond University University of Calgary Capilano University University of Colorado at Boulder University of Connecticut Dean College Georgian College University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology Nova Southeastern University University of Pennsylvania University of Regina Universidad Iberoamericana University at Buffalo The State University of New York University of Bristol Academy of Art University Universita Bocconi Brigham Young University Brown University California University of Pennsylvania University of California, Berkeley Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts Universidad Complutense de Madrid Connecticut College University College Cork Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Fleming College French Fashion University Esmod International Dubai Harvey Mudd College ICN Business School NÌ_rnberg Imperial College London Indiana University at Bloomington The University of Iowa Jacobs University University of Kentucky University of King's College Kingston University Les Roches International School of Hotel Management Les Roches International School of Hotel Management - Marbella University of Lethbridge Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Met Film School (London) Miami University, Oxford New York Film Academy University of Notre Dame Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences Pratt Institute Princeton University Savannah College of Art and Design School of Visual Arts University of Southern Maine Stanford University Texas A&M University The Culinary Institute of America (NY) Union College (New York) University College Maastricht The University of Western Australia Université de Montréal Wentworth Institute of Technology Western Carolina University University of Wisconsin, Madison University of Illinois at Chicago Toronto Film School at RCC Institute of Technology

    What Ridley College says:

  • Full scholarship to Brown offered to and accepted by a 2016 graduate
  • Loran Scholarship awarded in 2016
  • Over $4 million in scholarships offered in 2015-2016

  • Notable Alumni

    highlights
    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Irving Bell 1971 Founder of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics[10]
    Colm Feore 1977 Feore honed his skills as a member of the Stratford Festival of Canada, has had notable roles on series, such as House of Cards, and has on performed on Broadway.
    Duncan Coutts 1988 He joined the alternative rock band Our Lady Peace. Our Lady Peace has won four Juno Awards and ten MuchMusic Video Awards.
    Darcy McKeough 1951 Darcy is the former CEO of Union Gas and former Treasurer of the Province of Ontario. He has also been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
    Greg Stremlaw 1990 Greg has had a record-setting career in public and private sport, and is now the Head of CBC Sports as well as General Manager of the Olympics for Canada.
    Georgina Black 1985 Ridley’s Chair of the Board of Governors and Old Ridleian, was recently and unequivocally named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2016

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Jana & Jonas Grabowski '17

    Jana Grabowski '17

    Ridley opens the door to a life full of spirit and inspiration and is a school where you are encouraged to follow your passions. Living in this international community away from home makes you independent, builds your confidence, and prepares you for the life you want to live. Throughout my time at Ridley, the saying, "If you never try, you'll never know" has really spoken to me; this school has given me the opportunity to try many new things in order to find myself and discover what I want to do in the future. 

    Jonas Grabowski '17

    Ridley gives you many opportunities to perform, both academically and athletically, at a very high level. The teachers and coaches always push you past your comfort zone in order to reach your true potential. Ridley allows you to make connections with people from around the world through its global diversity. You get to learn about different cultures and make friends from many different countries. Ridley prepares you for and shapes your future.

     

     

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    Anastasia Guzenko '18

    Being away from home and leaving everything familiar behind might seem a bit difficult, but this challenge is worth facing. Coming to Ridley was the best decision I’ve made in my life so far. It is not a regular high school; it is a community that respects tradition, teaches you to stand up for your beliefs and for what is right, and helps you to grow as a person in many different ways. Ridley has become my second home, and through exposure to different cultures and interaction with people from all over the world, I have become a citizen of the world. Self-development and multicultural friendships are what Ridley is all about and to me they are the most important. I am very grateful to be a part of this community. 

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    Michael Steier '17

    Ridley offers students everything they could ask for and more. It makes sure that you are fully engaged in every aspect of life, whether academic, athletic, social, or spiritual. It keeps you busy from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed. Apart from the excellent education, Ridley challenges you in ways that go beyond the classroom. The teachers try to push you to be the best version of yourself. The people working here want to be here and do everything they can to make your Ridley experience an unforgettable one. I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else because of the relationships I have built during my time at Ridley.

     

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    OJ Onyeagwu '18

    From playing on competitive teams to fulfilling community service, Ridley has opened many doors to me. The extra-curricular activities and academics at the school give all students the chance to step out of their comfort zones and try new things. In my case, I stepped out of mine in athletics. I initially played on the school's U16 soccer team in first term; however, I joined the rowing team for the rest of the year. It was challenging at first, but I went from being a novice rower to a national finalist with the help and encouragement of my coaches and teammates throughout the course of the season.

    I really admire the house system at Ridley. I believe that it gives every student a heightened sense of belonging to the school and through it they learn, share, and bond together. I can confidently say that I have made friends at Ridley that I will keep for a lifetime. Students here aren't just Ridleians, but also Knights of Deans, Lady Bugs of Leonard, Strong Men of Merritt South, and Beasts of Arthur Bishop East. 

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    Adia Sisson '19

    I am independent and I always have been. As a kindergartener, I asked if I could get my own apartment; we compromised on boarding school instead. Being a teenager, I need someone to look out for me as I can’t do it all by myself. Here at Ridley, I instantly connected with my teachers, and with their help I was able to develop my interests and pursue my passions. I was able to find where I belong and what I want my life to be. Ridley’s traditions make me feel part of something bigger than myself and I can’t picture coming of age without that rich history. This school is known for expanding horizons. Back home, I knew the city; here I know the world.

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    Mariana Vaca '20

    Ridley is not only a school for me but it’s my second family and home. I've learned and experienced things that have shaped my way of thinking. I’ve made friendships that I wouldn't change for anything.

    Ridley prepares you to face global challenges and to overcome them in a unique way. It gives you the opportunity to push your limits and know what you are really made of. I've learned how to see the world from another perspective and to enjoy it. Ridley has taught me that hard work, teamwork, and discipline are the keys to success. Thanks to Ridley I am now a step closer than I was before to becoming the successful person I want to be.

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    Greg Stremlaw '90- New CEO of Canadian Curling Association

    Greg J. Stremlaw '90 was recently named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Curling Association. A native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Greg attended Ridley from 1987 to 1990 before heading to the University of Western Ontario. An avid athlete while at Ridley, Greg was a member of the Track & Field team and was the starting goalkeeper for 1st Soccer. ...



    Peter S. Fisher ’81

    Peter S. Fisher ’81 received the Governor General’s EMS Exemplary Service Medal at the AMEMSO conference in Toronto on September 27, 2007 for his notable performance in the field of Emergency Medical Services. Peter has served the community for over 20 years. After thousands of applicants were considered only 120 nation wide individuals were honoured. Maj. General Richard Rohner presented the Governor’s medals that bear Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s signature at the gala event. ...



    Michael Iggulden '01 named to the 2008 Canadian AHL All-Star Roster

    Michael Iggulden '01 was named to the 2008 Canadian AHL All-Star Roster. Mike is a forward with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL. He is the son of Deputy Headmaster and Director of Advancement Brian Iggulden '67 and his wife Rosemary. Michael played youth hockey in St. Catharine's including Midget AAA, until he made the move to Canadian prep hockey with Ridley. He played five years and was team captain and MVP his final two seasons. While playing for Ridley, Michael also played a couple seasons for the Junior B Thorold Blackhawks. During his grade 13 year he was a prefect and the CO of the Cadet Corp. After Ridley, Michael attended Cornell University and was Assistant Captain of the Big Red hockey team. Upon graduation he was signed to an ATO (tryout) contract by Rochester (AHL) in April 2004, signed to a PTO (tryout) contract by Cleveland (AHL) in September 2005 and signed as a free agent by San Jose, January 16, 2006. The 2008 All-Star Classic will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League competing in the 2008 CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, January 27 (7 pm) and the 2008 AHL ALL-Star Game on Monday January 28 (7 pm). The event will be televised nationally in the US and Canada. ...



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    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
    • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Associations


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