The regions Merrick Preparatory offers busing from are:
Additional notes: For our boarding students we provide transportation to and from the airport. For our Day students transportation can be arranged at a cost recovery basis.
How we see 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.
How Merrick Preparatory School sees itself
"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 program, and a University Qualification Year."
"We focus on creating courageous, community minded, compassionate global citizens - inquisitive, broad-minded, open and tolerant. We challenge our students to think critically and analytically. We build community, showing students the richness of living harmoniously within a diverse and tolerant environment, while pushing themselves and each other to reach beyond their grasp. Each of us has the power to control our destiny and the responsibility to contribute for the global good."
"We are experts at taking mid-range academic achieving students and helping them become high-range academic achieving students, earning multiple offers to top world ranked universities, often on scholarship. 81% of students earn offers to U of T. But families choose us for our small class sizes, small school and strong sense of belonging and community. Tolerant, open minded, safe. We have a deeply caring environment and instill compassion, and individual responsibility for the choices we make."
"Our fast response time to all questions. The deep caring provided by all staff: kitchen, cleaning, maintenance, teachers, residential life staff, admissions and Headmaster who lives on campus – the “family” feel is real! Weekly emails from each teacher to each student and their parents. Weekly “All Staff” “meetings where we focus on “student success” - each student is discussed – how to we help them be their best. Four report cards per semester. Keen attention to detail in all facets."
"Our ability to positively influence our students to believe they can reach beyond their grasp and achieve their dreams, and the impact this has for the rest of their life. Parents and students often look for big fancy campuses with all the bells and whistles – the focus is on the physical environment; the emotional (& even academic) environment is less obvious. We create an environment the positively impacts our students’ confidence, sense of belonging and purpose – and that lasts a lifetime."
"* 100% university acceptance rate to top-ranked institutions
* Average class size is 8-10 students
* Offering grades 9-12 and University Qualifying Year, ESL Foundation Progam
* Multicultural environment with students from over 40 countries from around the world
* International Recognized: StudyTravel Award 2023, Fortune World's Leading Boarding Schools 2023, PIEoneer Award 2021"
How people from the school’s community see Merrick Preparatory School
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Mr. Kevin Farrell, Headmaster
BA Hon, MA (ABD), BEd, MBA
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!
Kevin Farrell, Headmaster
If you’re considering a small school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Since smaller schools have smaller and less diverse student populations than big schools, it can sometimes be more challenging for your child to find a like-minded group of friends—friends with similar interests, values, etc.
“It’s important to look at the social makeup of the school,” says Ruth Rumack of Ruth Rumack's Learning Space. "Is there enough variety that your child will have a group that they feel connected with? Because you want to have friends that are like-minded and you want to be in a social situation where you feel honoured and respected. Variety can also be found in extracurriculars, leadership programs, and sports activities, which tend to have kids with a wide range of personalities.”
Also, make sure a school’s teaching and learning approach is suitable for your social child. “For instance, a school focusing on individual learning instead of group learning may not play into your child’s strengths,” say Ann and Karen Wolff, Toronto-based education consultants at Wolff Educational Services. “You want to make sure the social, emotional, and academic realities of the classroom are a match for your child’s personality.”
At a boarding school, your extroverted child will likely enjoy seeking out and interacting with peer groups from different backgrounds, away from home. In fact, studying and living with other kids for an extended period of time, as many alumni tell us, provides the unique opportunity to form close relationships that can last well beyond the school years. Many boarding schools also have large student populations and more extracurriculars—including activities like student council, team sports, and arts programs—which will give your outgoing child a broader scope of opportunities to feed off the energy of others, and possibly even become a leader, in a dynamic environment.
Keep in mind, though, “Being an extrovert can be a catalyst for getting involved in lots of activities, which can sometimes be hard to manage,” says Joanne Foster, Toronto-based education consultant and author of ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids. “For instance, a particularly extroverted child may try to end up juggling too many people and activities. While they still may thrive at a boarding school, it helps to know your child and how much social interaction they can handle comfortably.”
Smaller schools often have small classrooms and tight-knit communities, which can make it easier for your introverted child to come out of their shell, make friends, and feel like they belong. Since they’re less socially overwhelming, your child should find it easier to navigate their social environment. And since they’re conducive to group work, small classes often have plenty of interaction, which can help your child develop critical interpersonal skills.
Of course, small schools normally have a less diverse student population than big schools, which can sometimes make it more challenging to find a group of like-minded peers—peers with similar personalities, interests, values, etc. This makes it especially important to ask a school about its extracurricular programs, which can help your introverted child establish an intimate social circle.
At a boarding school, your introverted child will be more motivated (and virtually compelled) to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Away from home and in a new environment, they’re more likely to take the initiative to form close friendships, which can boost their independence and confidence, and help them develop critical social skills.
"Consider, though, whether your child will be comfortable and confident while living away from home, and while having to navigate the various, and sometimes unforeseen social-emotional experiences, alongside the academic challenges,” says Joanne Foster, education expert and author of ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids. Finally, ensure support systems are in place to promote their social and emotional development, and that your child is willing and prepared to take advantage of them. Your child will often need to advocate for themselves at a boarding school, and they’ll need confidence and perseverance to do so.
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