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Ashbury College

Grades Gr. 4 TO Gr. 12 — Ottawa, ON (MAP)

Ashbury College:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 4 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    17 students
  • Tuition
    $33,720 to 76,380/year
  • Language of instruction
    English, French
  • Associations
    CAIS, IB, RoundSquare
  • Enrolment
    620 day students, 110 boarding students, 0 homestay students
  • Curriculum
    Traditional & International Baccalaureate

School address

  • 362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0T3 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

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

Our Perspective

How we see Ashbury College

Ashbury celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2021, making it one of the oldest schools in the nation. Of that class, it’s also one of the larger schools, with an annual enrollment in the 800 range. There are benefits to size, and Ashbury displays them, with a wealth of extra-curricular activities and co-curricular programs. The school was founded by a graduate of Oxford, Canon George Penrose Woollcombe, who cast the school within the academic tradition that Oxford was, and is, an example of. That said, times change, and certainly Ashbury did as well. The school was an early adopter of global education, most obviously with the addition of the IB program in 1976. Girls were enrolled in 1982, and while the boys still marginally outnumber the girls, the school continues to move toward gender parity. The list of alumni is impressive, including a prime minister, John Turner, and a Nobel laureate, Douglass North. The ideal student is one looking for a challenge, and who can function well in very active curricular and extracurricular environments.

School's Perspective

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How Ashbury College sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Established in 1891, Ashbury College is an IB coeducational facility recognized as one of Canada’s leading day and boarding schools for students in Grades 4–12. Motivated students from 60+ countries benefit from rigorous academic programs, over 70 co-curricular activities, 100% university placement rate, and an average class size of 17."

  • IB Diploma, since 1976
  • 100% university placement
  • 85% of students admitted to first choice university
  • $2 million awarded annually in university scholarships
  • Over 50 countries represented
  • Average class size: 17
  • Over 70 co-curricular activities
  • Coeducational
  • Boarding population: 110
  • Enrollment: 725

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Ashbury offers our students boundless opportunities for learning beyond the classroom from our broad range of co-curricular activities, athletic opportunities and artistic endeavours to our Internship Program that provides students the chance to explore various career options. Ashbury is actively involved in the Round Square Program including the opportunity for our students to take part in the International Exchange Program."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Ashbury is proud of its 100% IB Certificate completion rate and university placement record. Attending Ashbury opens doors to the future for our graduates."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"The location of the Ashbury in the heart of the Nation's Capital, Ottawa, provides a number of unique opportunities for our students including access to a multitude of museums, galleries, and learning centres such as the Global Centre for Pluralism. Ottawa is surrounded by a variety of greenspaces in which to learn and play. Ashbury actively engages our students with the greater Ottawa community through our charitable activities and our ongoing relationship with our local Indigenous partners."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Given our rich history, many families are surprised to see our state-of-the-art education spaces including our Design Technology and Science labs, Arts studios and Music facilities, and Library and Learning Commons. Your child will have access to vibrant, modern learning facilities that are truly conducive to teaching innovation and learning."

Summer camps and programs

Ashbury College operates summer camps and programs. Click here to learn about Ashbury College Summer Programs .

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Ashbury College

Video reviews of Ashbury College

Alum, Jasmine Mussani (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Jasmine Mussani to learn about the unique experience of attending Ashbury College.

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Norman Southward, Head of School
Norman holds a BA in history and French from the University of Western Ontario, a B.Ed from Mount Allison, and an M.Ed (Curriculum and Instruction) from McGill University.



Together towards the future—Ensemble vers l’avenir.

From our home in Canada’s capital city, Ashbury College is a centre for excellence in international teaching and learning, where enthusiasm permeates life both in and out of the classroom. Our goal is to not only get students to new destinations but also to help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed and adapt to the challenges they will face.

This is a close and diverse school community that integrates young children with pre-university students. In a supportive environment, we challenge students to step out of their comfort zones and to think critically and globally—all while ensuring the simple, yet important, formalities of manners and respect are not overlooked.

A wealth of co-curricular clubs, sports, and arts activities bring learning to a lively stage, and our international orientation permeates school life on so many levels. Bien entendu, l’école se trouve dans la capitale nationale, et l’école démontre l’importance des deux langues nationales, en offrant plusieurs options bilingue. As we look past our 130+ years teaching bright young minds, being innovative while not abandoning the tried and tested will inspire our teaching and learning pedagogy and prepare students for the future.

Ashbury College is an exciting place to be, and I invite you to discover the advantages and experiences we have to offer.

Norman Southward

Head of School—Directeur

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