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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Ridley College

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Merrick Preparatory School

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1889

     

    2012


     

    Enrolment

     

    690

     

    80


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    9 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Boarding, Day

     

    Boarding, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Accelerated
    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).
     
    Standard-enriched
    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.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    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”.
     
    Rigorous
    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”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    17

     

    10 to 12


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $18,870 to $35,650

     

    $16,450 to $17,950


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $63,495 to $72,165

     

    $56,200 to $58,200


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    16%

     

    15%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    5 to 12

     

    9 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $16,000

     

    $5,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    46

     

    20


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    55%

     

    75%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    61%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Ridley College

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Merrick Preparatory School

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Ridley 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 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.
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    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Ridley 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 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. 

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Merrick Preparatory School is one of those hidden gems of the academic world. Housed in an historical inn, nestled within a smaller Ontario town, it has all the benefits of being small as well all the benefits of being proximate to some of nation’s most prominent urban centres and a wealth of notable post-secondary institutions. The school is positioned to support the needs specific to students arriving from overseas, including ESL support and university placement services. The academic program is firmly focused on preparing students for success at university in North America. So, it checks all of the important academic boxes and then some. There’s also a sense that learning isn’t only about what we take away from the experience, but also who we are while we’re here; how we spend our days is how we spend our lives, and students at Merrick spend their days in a spotless, beautiful setting alongside mentors and peers who share the experience with them. It’s one of those schools that is so charming, inviting, and personal, that you just want to sit and stay. As such, it’s a particular draw for students arriving in Canada looking for an authentic experience of the life and culture of the country. It’s a school designed for students to feel known within, and to feel rooted and at home. It succeeds in all of that.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Ridley College

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Merrick Preparatory School

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    • Founded in 1889
    • 60 countries represented: Canadian school, global mission
    • Strong residential life program
    • Wireless internet access
    • MacBook computer integration
    • Outstanding athletic tradition
    • Comprehensive arts program: music, drama, dance, visual arts
    • CAIS,CESI,CIS,NAIS,TABS affiliate
    • Tiger Arena with an NHL-sized ice surface for training and competition
    • Field House with 20,000 square feet of synthetic surface including a four-lane track

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    • Distinctly Canadian - Uniquely Global
    • Over 15 countries represented in the student population
    • Rigourous Academics
    • Diverse co-curriculars
    • Weekend Activities
    • Outstanding Teachers
    • Boutique style dormitory rooms

    Description

    Description

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    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-Grad option and boarding beginning in Grade 5, Ridley is the only IB continuum co-ed boarding school in Canada. Ridley offers students a forward-looking and university preparatory education relevant to the most selective colleges and universities around the globe.

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Renowned for small class sizes with outstanding academic and linguistic support and 100% placement rate to first choice universities. Rigorous academics, fun co-curricular activities, a safe and secure environment with above industry standard accommodations (double beds/en suite bathrooms) makes Merrick Prep a top choice school for students from around the world. Programs offered: Grades 9 to 12, ESL foundation, and a University Qualification Year.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Ridley College

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Merrick Preparatory School

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Message

    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

    I am delighted to welcome you to Merrick Preparatory School!  We provide a world class education for grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 students wishing to gain entry into the finest universities in North America and abroad. We have a 100% university acceptance rate and over 30% of our graduates receive scholarships exceeding $5,000.

    Our school is nestled on the shores of the Rideau Waterway - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - in Merrickville, Ontario, a safe, quiet and clean village where students can focus uninterrupted on their studies.  Home to nationally and internationally renowned artists and named "The Most Beautiful Village in Canada", the warmth of this historic town provides an idyllic family environment for learning.  Just 45 minutes from Ottawa, the nation's capital, our students have access to Parliament Hill - seat of our federal government, our national museums, national art gallery, national performing arts centre, Rideau Canal - the worlds longest skate-way, two universities, two colleges and the spectacular National Capital Commission's Gatineau Park.

    Our boarding students enjoy luxurious rooms with en suite bathroom, fine dining and some of the best teachers this country has to offer.  Our day students share classes with students from around the world providing a dynamic and truly international education. With an average class size of 10 students and over 140 hours of in-class instruction per credit course, our students excel and reach beyond their grasp.  Individualized and focused attention, academic differentiation combined with personal and social growth result in students who become courageous, resilient and compassionate global citizens.

    Come join the Merrick Preparatory School family.  We are Distinctly Canadian and Uniquely Global.  Your success starts here!

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Farrell, Headmaster

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Ridley College

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Merrick Preparatory School

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      International Baccalaureate

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      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 co-educational 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

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      Merrick Preparatory School follows the Ontario provincial curriculum for Grades 9 to 12. We offer a wide range of University and Open level courses designed to assist students in gaining their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Upon graduation, our students have the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to gain entrance to top world ranked universities in Canada and internationally. Our graduates have maintained a 100% university placement rate to their first choice university since our founding in 2012. All of our students also write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test and, for those requiring additional support, we offer the Ontario Literacy Course in Grade 12. We also offer three hours of IELTS preparation for international students.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Merrick Preparatory School

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Each class begins with students being presented with complex, real-world problems they have not yet been taught how to solve. During these discovery-learning sessions students are encouraged to collaborate with their classmates and to think critically and creatively to develop approaches to the problem using their current knowledge. For the remainder of the class, learning is done more traditionally with the teacher guiding students as they build on their knowledge. Students learn increasingly advanced tools in the form of mathematical equations, algorithms and technologies which allow for greater efficiency when solving complex problems. Teachers present these tools through traditional instructional lessons. Students develop mastery using these tools through daily practice with ample teacher support. Students then revisit complex, real-world problems using their newly learned equations, algorithms and technologies to solve the problems efficiently and accurately.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        We use Ontario Ministry of Education recommended textbooks that prepare students for university business and engineering.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Students require a scientific calculator for all math courses. Use of scientific non-graphing calculators is allowed on most quizzes, assignments, tests and exams. Graphing calculators are not recommended as graphing calculators are not allowed during many tests and exams.

      • Science

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Merrick Preparatory School

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        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.

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Science is taught in an expository capacity but is strongly supported by inquiry learning. Students learn the foundational information through direct teacher instruction to support vocabulary acquisition. Students are then encouraged to think critically about these new ideas and demonstrate their learning through investigative and experiential learning techniques. Students are given lab experience and then asked to design their own lab to answer a scientific question as part of their summative assignment. These strategies are designed to support and encourage student curiosity about scientific concepts. Students are engaged in classroom activities through the use of online labs and demonstrations, as well as hands on practical lab experience.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Merrick Preparatory School

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        An equal balance of traditional and social justice inspired programs is the focus of our literature program. Core concepts and theories are discussed and deconstructed in detail using a variety of teaching methods. These methods include, but are not limited to, instructor-centred, learner-centred, content-focused, interactive and participative, lecture, multi-subject, cross-curricular as well as differentiated learning methods. There is particular emphasis on analyses of content where students become ‘experts’ on specific literature texts. Class discussions as well as participation are a major component of teaching literature. Students will develop critical thinking and essay skills as well as social deconstruction.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Merrick Preparatory School

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        As a diverse and multicultural school, Merrick Preparatory School includes a variety of teaching approaches. Our focus is to ensure thorough understanding of core concepts while keeping the learning progressive and relevant. There is particular emphasis on critical thinking, investigation and deconstruction. Throughout all of our courses there is a strong focus on discussion, participation, debate and careful reflection of change over time. Developing critical thinking skills is an essential part of our course work.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Merrick Preparatory School

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Our English as a Second language courses incorporate an audio-lingual approach in conjunction with the communicative methodology. Through imitation and daily choral repetition, the students become actively engaged in their English language learning. Immediate feedback is given to students to ensure they are correctly and efficiently using language forms until it becomes habitual. Worksheets are regularly administered with some explicit grammar instruction. Students extend their listening and speaking skills by the usage of inflection and completion drills, whilst doing authentic conversational practice within the context of a daily setting. Students are required to narrate and respond to a variety of cultural pieces and media texts in the target language. Our blend of audio-lingual and communicative styles is an effective and productive pedagogical approach to English language acquisition.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Merrick Preparatory School

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Receptive arts programs emphasize art history (visual, music, theatre, etc) and appreciation over creating or “making” art. Students learn about various artistic works and movements, and are asked to reflect on their underlying aesthetic features and principles. The goal is to give students a core body of knowledge related to the arts, while developing their cognitive, emotional, and aesthetic sensibilities. Studio-work is still a component of most reflective programs, but it plays less of a role than in creative programs.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        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.

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        At Merrick Preparatory School, teachers provide a receptive approach to teaching drama. Teachers provide cross-curricular opportunities to discuss historical content in areas of visual, musical, theatrical arts and how they have changed over time. Students have the opportunity for hands on application of set design and costume design. Students will also develop their own monologues and plays in a learner-centered method of instruction. A major emphasis is placed on participation/involvement, response to change and application. Students will also learn from an audience perspective and reflect on the various techniques and movement used on stage.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Merrick Preparatory School

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Heavy integration

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        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.

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Merrick Preparatory School offers a high degree of technological integration in all our classrooms. Through the use of OneNote, teachers provide our students with an interactive, online learning environment where lectures can be reviewed, student work posted and assessed, and regular individual feedback provided all within an easily-accessible electronic platform. Students are required to bring with them laptop/desktop devices in order to access the OneNote network.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Merrick Preparatory School

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

        We offer the Health Active Living Education credit (Physical Education) in our grade 9 program. Physical Education is a major part of our holistic approach to student life. Students must choose 2 co-curricular activities for at least an hour each day, including baseball, soccer, basketball, ball hockey, ice hockey, badminton, volleyball, track, among others. All activities have a structured educational component. Physical Education is encouraged by all staff in order to keep the students active, healthy, and entertained. During the winter months, students are brought to local fitness clubs to supplement physical activity. Our residential program has mandatory activities on weekends often involving a physical component. In addition, we have a weight room with various free weights, weight machine, heavy boxing bag, ellipticals, running machines, stationary bike, and rowing machine (erg).

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Ridley College

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Merrick Preparatory School

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Academic


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      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.

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Ridley College

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Merrick Preparatory School

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Accelerated

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      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).

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      Use of OneNote online classroom platform to allow students to explore and revise topics at their on pace and close teacher tracking of student progress. We create opportunities for students to delve deeper into content. Paperless classroom with electronic submission and reporting for ease of tracking and individualized learning.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Ridley College

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Merrick Preparatory School

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      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”.

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      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 the school says

      What the school says

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Information not available

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      Merrick Preparatory School promotes a rigorous academic culture that challenges students to reach beyond their grasp within a supportive environment. Our students’ learning extends beyond the classroom through a comprehensive residential life curriculum, as well as mandatory supervised study sessions five evenings per week. Students are also part of small-sized, teacher-led advisor groups and provided with one hour per day additional tutorial support in any subject they may be struggling in.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Ridley College

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Merrick Preparatory School

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Emotional
      The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Information not available

      MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

      With young men and women drawn from around the world, we nurture an intimate campus environment that empowers students with the discipline to persevere in their studies, the freedom to explore new opportunities, the confidence and creativity to express themselves both in and beyond the formal classroom. We aim to shape students to take calculated risks, to try something new, and to challenge themselves in academics, co-curricular activities and community service. We aim to have a large impact on a small number of students versus a small impact on a large number of students and ensure they have the skills, knowledge and confidence to be successful in university and life beyond.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Ridley College

    Merrick Preparatory School

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Ridley College

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Merrick Preparatory School

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support

     

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Information not available

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Information not available

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Our school provides an academically rigourous environment and we provide additional academic support for students aiming to gain entry into top world ranked schools.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Ridley College

    Merrick Preparatory School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Ridley College

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Merrick Preparatory School

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    • First Nations Advocacy Committee
    • Model U.N.
    • Days for Girls
    • Postive Spaces Group
    • Amnesty International
    • Cappies Review

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    • We offer a variety of co-curricular activities based on student interest. Since our founding in 2012 we have offered 44 different co-curricular activities
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    61%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 4 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    The Ridley Admissions Committee looks for students who are engaged and motivated individuals. The Committee 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 boarding houses, as well as in the arts, athletics, leadership, and community service activities. Students who are well-rounded, open-minded, enthusiastic, and academically-focused are encouraged to apply.

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Merrick Preparatory School is looking for students who take ownership of their education; learn to think critically, creatively and globally; have an appreciation for diverse cultures, faiths, opinions, worldviews, and global perspectives; set challenging goals and work to acquire the the necessary skills to achieve them; become effective communicators; strive to excel; and develop confidence to become future leaders.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

    Mid-year entries are dependent on available space in particular grades. Applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

    MERRICK PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Application Process

    Thank you for your interest in joining the Merrick Preparatory School family. We give careful consideration to every applicant. Each application is reviewed closely and considered both as a student and as a unique individual. We take into account your past achievements and look at your future potential for contribution to Merrick Preparatory School and the greater social good.

    While admission to Merrick Preparatory School is on a rolling basis, the Admissions Office encourages students to begin the process during the fall and spring of the preceding academic year. We can process applications all throughout the year but it is encouraged that students apply ahead of time to allow at least 16 weeks for the Canadian Visa and Study Permit application process.

    The following 6 steps are required to complete the application process:

    Step 1: Application and Application Fee

    Navigate to www.merrickprep.com and click on the Admissions Menu.  Follow the detailed step-by-step instructions and complete the Application Form in its entirety.  Upon completion, submit via email to [email protected] along with the $200 non-refundable application fee. You can also contact us directly at [email protected] to request the Application Form or for additional information.

    Step 2: Student Interview

    As soon as our Admissions Office receives your application and application fee, we will be in touch with you to set up an interview in person, via Skype, Facetime, QQ, C'Me, telephone or other convenient medium.  Interviews generally last 15 to 20 minutes and are informal, allowing us to get to know you.

    Step 3: Official School Transcripts

    We require a copy of the applicant’s final transcripts from their previous academic years starting from grade 9, in addition to any report cards from the current in-progress academic year.  A final transcript from the current academic year must be submitted once the academic year has been completed. For those applying to grade 9 we require your final grade 8 report card.

    Step 4: Personal Profile

    Applicants are required to submit a 300 word personal profile in their own handwriting, outlining their academic goals and interests, extracurricular activities, community involvement and areas of distinction or achievement.  The Personal Profile can be completed during the Student Interview, or the Personal Profile form can be emailed to the applicant.  Personal Profiles are to be submitted to [email protected].

    Step 5: Confidential Reference

    The Confidential Reference will be emailed to you after the application form and application fee have been submitted.  Once you receive the Confidential Reference it must be submitted to your Principal or English teacher for completion and returned to [email protected] directly from the Principal or English teacher.  Detailed instructions are provided on the Confidential Reference form.

    Step 6: Entrance Exam

    All applicants are required to complete an Entrance Exam.  The exam will be sent to you with instructions from our Admissions Office once the application form and application fee have been submitted.  The Entrance Exam is a timed 30 minute online exam.

    Please Note: the Steps of the Application Process may be executed in any order once the application form and application fee are received. 

    Once we receive all of the above six admissions requirements, the selection committee will review and evaluate your application.  The committee will make a decision with 24 hours of receiving the final application requirement, and within 48 hours you will be notified of the selection committee’s decision. 

    Should you have any questions, or if the Admissions Team can be of any assistance in this process, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or + 1.613.269.2064 ext. 471.

    We look forward to receiving your application.

    Admissions Timeline to our Academic Programs

    While we do take applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, we have limited capacity and the school may fill by April - May each year.  We also have restrictions on when students can join our academic program.  

    Semester One (September to January):
    Students admitted to Merrick Preparatory School arriving after the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend (typically the second full weekend in October) can join our English as a second language program, but are too late to gain credits in our Semester One academic program. 

    Semester Two (February to June):
    Student admitted to Merrick Preparatory School arriving three weeks after the start of Semester Two (typically after February 21) can join our English as a second language program, but are too late to gain credits in our Semester Two academic program.  

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Alumnus (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



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