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Turnbull School

1132 Fisher Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 6P7

Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
$18,425 to 20,300/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 18
Day: 330 (Gr. JK - 8)

School Address
1132 Fisher Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 6P7

About this school:


Turnbull School is dedicated to academic excellence in a caring environment. Students benefit from highly qualified teachers, small class sizes, daily physical education, effective organization and study skills, enhanced French, award winning science, dynamic music, visual arts and drama programs, intramural and extra-curricular sports, clubs and special events, and modern facilities. Our leadership and character development programs enhance the school culture of excellence and caring. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Turnbull School

our takeTurnbull was founded by Mary Ann Turnbull in 1992, though its history in a sense dates back to Turnbull Learning Centre, which she established in 1981. The Centre offered academic services, and Turnbull’s success there lead to the creation of the school. The setting is idyllic since 1996 it has occupied a parcel of 5.5 acres in the Central Experimental Farm area of Ottawa. The location is within Ottawa, yet retains a rural community feel, which itself is a draw for many families. The space also allows for a focus on environmental education, something that has distinguished the school somewhat and gained recognition in 2007 by the SEEDS Foundation. The school has grown over the years, and is a good size today, allowing for a nice breadth of programming, while at the same time retaining a personal, community feel. Per the initial intentions for the school, values—cooperation, character, and reasoned reflection—inform all the activities of the school. Parental involvement in the life of the school is welcomed, as is consistent, informal communication between families and school administration.

Principal's Message


Gareth Reid, Director

At Turnbull School, we focus on bringing excellence to our students in a caring environment. We offer a comprehensive program in a coeducational setting for children in Kindergarten to Grade 8. We believe there is tremendous value in building a solid educational foundation for children during their elementary school years that will last a lifetime! Please visit our website or give us a call for more information. Thank you for your interest in Turnbull School. 


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Turnbull School says: Since 1992, Turnbull School’s small classes and exceptional teachers have provided a comprehensive and enriching academic program, where emphasis is placed on caring and excellence. Our well rounded curriculum ensures a balance between all subject areas, and students enjoy the application of the content to cross-curricular activities and projects, so what they learn has more relevance and application. We value our parents as collaborative participants in their child’s education. Regular communication is a given and the staff all recognize the importance of keeping parents well informed. Accountability and accessibility are key attributes of every member of the faculty and leadership team. From a young age, Turnbull students are taught the essential learning skills of study strategies, time management and organizational techniques. As a result, our students learn to take responsibility for their academic work and to exercise the perseverance that together lead to future success.

  • Approach:

  • 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 Turnbull School says: Our mathematics program goes well beyond the Ontario Ministry of Education’s curriculum and provides students with an advanced program that covers greater breadth and depth of concepts and reasoning skills than is normally experienced or expected. With specialized teachers and small classes, every Turnbull student can be enriched, yet help is readily available if concepts need additional reinforcing. More frequent and meaningful teacher-student interactions result in immediate individual feedback. The approachable nature of our teachers and that personal connection with every student is a huge factor in student engagement in the learning process. Our “spiral curriculum” approach to mathematics ensures a continual review of previously taught concepts so students are revisiting and retaining the material while moving on to new areas. In this way, they develop strong mathematical competence and see the relevance of one topic to the next.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: The Nelson Mathematics program is the main resource used. Jump Math is a major supplement used in Grades 1 through 8. Other problem solving and critical thinking resources are also used.

    • Calculator policy: Calculators have a place in the upper grades when numeration is not the main objective of a topic being studied. When a child struggles with numeration skills, and a calculator can be used as a tool to help, he/she will not be left behind when working within another strand.

    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Turnbull School says: At Turnbull School, we believe that for children to become proficient readers, they need to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills. These include a strong base of oral language, a strong general knowledge background, an understanding of print concepts and knowledge of letters and words. Children also need to learn comprehension strategies and higher order thinking skills, such as the ability to infer meaning from texts. We incorporate activities to develop all of these competencies on a daily basis in our overall literacy program. A balance of direct instruction, guided instruction, independent learning and practise are important elements of our early reading program. We also value frequent assessment and evaluation of reading levels and skills, and use the DRA-2, Developmental Reading Assessment to track each child’s progress.

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

    • What Turnbull School says: We use the DRA-2, Developmental Reading Assessment to track each child's reading progress, along with other important related skills.

    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 Turnbull School says: Primary students use the Six Traits Writing model, where they learn and practise using the six traits of effective writers. Students learn to write personal and expository texts, poetry and report writing. They also learn basic editing skills. Junior students continue to expand on their understanding and use of the Six Traits of Writing model. Students learn to write personal and expository texts, poetry and report writing. They complete formal spelling and grammar lessons on a regular basis, develop editing skills and learn to use the writing process as a tool to fine tune their writing skills. Senior students focus on the importance of following the writing process: brainstorming, planning, organizing, revising and editing. We emphasize both creative and expository writing along with the ability to develop and express ideas in clear and effective prose. Students are also given a strong grounding in grammar.

    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: Children best acquire scientific knowledge through experimenting, manipulation and exploration with science materials. We promote children’s natural curiosity for the scientific world through interactive, hands-on learning, offering many opportunities for experiments, labs and exploration. We go far beyond what is normally expected in the Ontario curriculum. Turnbull students graduate very motivated and with the advanced competence to pursue sciences.

    • 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 Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Turnbull School says: Our students experience a very enriching literature program of novels, poetry and short stories, but we also emphasize the importance of developing strong basic skills of grammar, decoding, spelling and technical writing. Our students are set up for success beyond their time at Turnbull School, as they learn to communicate well both orally and in writing, and develop strong critical reading, creative writing and research skills.

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Turnbull School says: The goal of our social studies program is to educate students about their local, national and international communities, and their place within these societies. Combining the disciplines of geography and history, we help students develop into informed citizens in a culturally diverse and interdependent world, while instilling an understanding and appreciation of our unique Canadian identity and experience. Through these studies, students acquire broad-based skills that are vital to future success. These skills include identifying and solving problems, critically evaluating different points of view, making informed decisions on a variety of issues, and engaging in articulate expression and debate. By exploring various points of view and evaluating a variety of evidence, students practise achieving a balanced perspective when making decisions on issues relevant to their world.

    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 Turnbull School says: Grade 7 history covers Canadian history from the earliest inhabitants to the War of 1812. As well as covering the factual material, the students have opportunities to research elements of our past. In geography, the Grade 7's learn about earth sciences and the physical geography of Canada. In the Grade 8 program, students learn about the history of Canada from the War of 1812, through the important events surrounding Confederation, and ending with World War I. Their geography course continues the citizenship strand, exploring the nature of world human geography.

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Turnbull School says: Turnbull School strives to graduate students from Grade 8 with a strong level of conversational and every day, pragmatic French, while also achieving solid skills in French reading, writing and grammar. In addition, the students will have the desire and confidence to pursue further French studies beyond the basic requirements of high school. The achievement of this goal is dependent on the number of years the student is at Turnbull School, as well as the language aptitude and motivation of the student. There is a French only environment in French class, with an exception for students newer to French. Motivation and enjoyment of French always drive and enhance our program objectives.

    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Turnbull School says: Music, drama and visual arts are all recognized as essential elements of a child’s development at Turnbull School.Weekly fine arts classes are taught to students in Grades 4 to 8 by teachers who have specialized training in these disciplines. The Turnbull School Concert Band has been in existence since 2005. As an extracurricular ensemble, students from Grades 5 to 8 have the opportunity to further explore their love of music beyond their regular music classes with woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The members enjoy the chance to gain performance experience through playing for special events at the school and in the community. They are often sought after by community groups due to the high calibre of their performances. Interested junior and senior students may also decide to audition for a role in the annual school production.

    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 Turnbull School says: Every student has regular computer classes and a curriculum which reinforces a variety of skills through cross-curricular assignments that deepen their learning. These include Internet safety, research, web animation, graphic design, video editing, publishing, graphing and keyboarding. In addition, students participate in a number of coding courses in Grades 3 through 8 which helps develop their logic skills. Our primary students have an additional computer class a week in French, using French websites and educational software to enhance their acquisition of this second language. Having access to enriching and engaging technologies, such as two state of the art computer labs, four portable iPad labs, SmartBoards, scan-and-project devices, eInstruction’s Classroom Response System, and a wide range of educational software are only a few ways in which we deepen the learning activities for our students.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Turnbull School says: All students at Turnbull School take part in daily physical education classes taught by physical education specialists. Our program focuses on participation, skill development, fair play and healthy living. These objectives are met by providing the students with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports and activities.

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

    What Turnbull School says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Turnbull School says: Turnbull School uses aspects of the Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum for Grades 1 to 8. For certain topics, lessons have been adapted to meet our school community's comfort level. Nurses from Ottawa Public Health visit classes in Grades 4 through 8 to help deliver more sensitive information.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

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

    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    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 Turnbull School says: Every child is deserving of a safe, nurturing environment to express and develop his/her unique interests, creativity and abilities. It is in Kindergarten where Turnbull students first learn to respect and care about each other, to feel unique and special, but to see others that way too. The junior and senior kindergarten curriculum reflects the importance of early literacy and numeracy activities, as well as self-initiated inquiry-based pursuits. Our broad program also includes daily physical education, French language classes, as well as science, creative arts and computer time.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    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 Turnbull School says about flexible pacing: Grades 4 to 8 French classes are streamed into three levels per grade. The students working within the highest level of French are working beyond grade level and using Francophone resources. Highly motivated students who graduate from this level may enter French Immersion in high school.

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Turnbull School says: Turnbull students learn to take responsibility for their academic work and to exercise the perseverance that together lead to future success. The children make a personal commitment to do their very best to further their own growth. This includes taking responsibility for their work, being prepared, and caring about the growth of others through participation and respect.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Social

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What Turnbull School says: Turnbull School emphasizes a competence based approach where each student can apply skills, acquire knowledge, develop creative problem solving skills, become an effective communicator, and acquire strong social and leadership skills. Time management and organizational skills are viewed as an integral part of their curriculum and essential to their future success. Turnbull School students also show care for others within and beyond the school. We aim to graduate students who are very well prepared for high school, academically, emotionally and socially.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    Turnbull School 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
    • What Turnbull School says: If a student were to exhibit learning difficulties while at Turnbull School, we would proactively work with the parents to develop the best possible outcome for their child.

    • 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 In-class adaptations

    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 Turnbull School says: The main focus of a gifted student’s instruction at Turnbull School is to develop confidence and skills in problem solving, independent study, research, and creative and critical thinking without losing the sense of membership in a class. For this reason, we do not withdraw gifted students from the class for special projects or learning activities. Our approach is inclusive, student-centred and socially appropriate, as the students work with children their own age.

    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 8, Turnbull School students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Turnbull School 15 mins15 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins90 mins
    Site Average16 mins17 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesJK to 8
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 8
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 8

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Turnbull School says:
    • Turnbull Concert Band earns gold at the National Musicfest - May 2015
    • Turnbull student earns gold at the Canada Wide Science Fair - May 2015

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Poetry/Literature club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What Turnbull School says: The tuition fee is paid in four instalments (February, May, July and December). The fee includes the supply of textbooks, workbooks, a homework planner and year book. School field trips are also covered by the tuition fee, with the exception of overnight trips that are billed separately.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 330
    Average enrollment per grade30
    Average class size10 to 18
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment15152535402545454545



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)1 - 8
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Turnbull School says:

    Turnbull School has a multi-step admissions process. For children applying to Grades 1 to 8, we begin by gathering information from report cards, confidential letters of reference and formal assessments (if any). This is followed by a visit day in a classroom of the child's current grade. The final step is the administration of an individual standardized assessment by an educational consultant.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Turnbull School is looking for: Turnbull School students show care for each other and the community at large. They are motivated to do their personal best in their academics and extra curricular activities.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Notable Alumni


    Alumni Highlights

    • Turnbull School graduates are well prepared for success as they continue their education in the secondary schools of their choice, .

    Stories & Testimonials


    Parent Testimonial

    The French Program at Turnbull School has turned out to be one of the best French Programs we have ever experienced in the educational system. By the end of my son's term at Turnbull, with just one year in the program, he was able to converse in simple conversation, understand written text, as well as write paragraph essays with enthusiasm and without help of any sort of translator. He can now answer questions verbally in a variety of tenses, as well as write short stories in French.

    Being able to complete the Grade 9 curriculum in Grade 8 is a huge benefit. It has even given my son a great foundation and the confidence to succeed in Grade 9 where high school can be intimidating and a whole new world. Having this foundation and confidence to succeed dissipates through all the disciplines and is nothing other than good all around. Because of the knowledge and success my son gained from the French program at Turnbull, he has done extremely well in Grade 9 and plans to continue on with French throughout his high school years. I commend all the French teachers at Turnbull. You should be proud!


    Parent Testimonial

    I'd like to take this brief opportunity to thank you and your teaching and administrative staff for the job so well done in taking charge of our children's education over the past several years. Both girls have fared so well by attending Turnbull and we are grateful for your no nonsense approach to education, discipline, moral guidance and overall general outlook.

    Your approach has been one of thoughtful and meaningful education, and our girls have definitely benefitted from this and have learnt to recognize and develop their own directions. I can only hope that their future exposures can meet the high standards you've set.


    Parent Testimonial

    Many thanks to the teachers and all those involved in teaching our children to have good social skills and values. It is so fantastic to have that support from a school. I know that we try our best to instill these values in our kids at home, and it is so effective for the kids to see them being used in their outside life.

    The respect that the staff show each other, the students and the various causes and situations in our school has a huge impact.


    Alumnus Testimonial

    I am now completing an honours degree in Finance at St. Francis Xavier University. Turnbull helped me to develop several valuable skills that proved useful in giving me an advantage throughout high school and university. Developing effective note taking and study habits is proving especially useful throughout university. I still use many of the techniques taught to me in grade seven and eight study skills class. Preparing for exams is much less stressful when your notes are in order and you have a planned study schedule.

    Because of the emphasis Turnbull placed on presentations, I now have confidence to speak in front of an audience. It has proved to be a critical life skill that many of my peers lack. In life, you will have to present in many different situations. Between class presentations, chairing meetings for the St.FX Investment Society and teaching at my Taekwon-Do club, I give a presentation of some sort almost every day of the week.


    Parent Testimonial

    What a positive impact Turnbull School has had on our daughter's life, and thereby ours! We are from Denmark, on a one year sabbatical leave. We chose Ottawa to be our place for expanding our horizon.

    We liked the fact that the school communicates frequently, and well, with parents. We were very happy that all students have daily physical education, something our daughter didn’t have before. We also liked the fact that there was a dress code, but not a uniform. To us, it signalled a modern yet professional atmosphere at the school.

    We have really enjoyed the "caring for others" atmosphere, combined with the high academic standards. We are amazed how the atmosphere of caring is carried out in every corner of the school.

    After just half a year at Turnbull, we have a daughter who now performs on stage, speaks in class, is much more open, has much more self-confidence and loves to go to school! We, as parents, ask ourselves, how can that be? We think the key is the "caring for others" environment in every little corner of the school.

    What Turnbull has given our daughter socially and academically is a lifelong positive experience.


    Alumnus Testimonial

    Over the years Turnbull has grown, but the principles and philosophy of the school have remained the same. I learned some extremely valuable skills that I have carried with me throughout school, most notably exam preparation. Developing an exam schedule, sticking to it, and seeing tangible results of your hard work is invaluable. Turnbull showed me this concept was a recipe for success, and that it can be replicated in any faction of my life. I schedule both my personal and professional life, and I owe the early development of this skill to Turnbull.

    Elliott graduated from Clarkson University in New York, where he was an Academic All-American playing on the Men’s Soccer team. He currently works for Suncor Energy in Calgary as a Supply Chain Analyst.


    Parent Testimonial

    Thank you for making sure that every child at Turnbull School has the opportunity to feel valued and important. Thank you for somehow finding the BEST educators on the planet to guide our children through their education and social coming of age. Thank you for making school fun and exciting, and for making school safe. Thank you for listening when need be, and for fixing when need be. Thank you for always being warm, welcoming and accessible.

    Thank you for running such a well-organized school that I am proud to call my children's second home. You have created an environment that I am honoured to be a part of.


    Parent Testimonial

    We are so appreciative of all that you do and how you have encouraged our amazing daughter to shine and use her gifts in a way that is meaningful. We are a family who want our children to grow up knowing that we are put on this earth to contribute and to be thankful every day for what we have, so thank you for being a part of our circle of care for our children and for helping us teach those values.

    Thank you from a very proud and grateful parent!!!


    Parent Testimonial

    The years that Nick spent at Turnbull were the best! Not only did he get a great education, but he built values and confidence that he has in him forever. Building positive attitudes and self-confidence is something of immeasurable value for young people to learn in the formative years, and a Turnbull education does a wonderful job at this.

    Respect and the importance of giving back to the community are other valuable outcomes from an education at Turnbull. Thank you for establishing this wonderful school in the Ottawa Community. You are touching so many lives in such a wonderful way that helps build a better world!


    Parent Testimonial

    The opportunities at Turnbull were incredible – the enriched programming available in grades 7 and 8, daily physical education (which not only helps physical development but social, emotional development and academic success), the trips (which not only helped our daughter grow, but us as parents too), clubs, intramural sports, various sports teams, many leadership opportunities, etc. The school also exposed the children to a larger world, and through events like the Ottawa Hospital Run and Pearls for Girls for Help Lesotho, the children had an opportunity to make a positive contribution in our regional and global community.

    We would like to thank all the staff at Turnbull School for being such a positive influence in our daughter’s life.


    In the News


    November 14, 2017 - Turnbull School Concert Band earns Silver at Nationals

    The Concert Band earned a Silver Award at MusicFest Canada 2017 the Nationals held in Niagara Falls. ...

    October 30, 2015 - Turnbull Surpasses the $1M Mark in Charitable Fundraising

    After 20 years of fundraising for others, like United Way and The Ottawa Hospital, Turnbull has surpassed the one million dollar mark. ...


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