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Ridley College ADMISSIONS

Private schools in Canada have admissions policies, and they require application materials. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and tests (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students. Schools also use different criteria for evaluating student applications, have different acceptance rates, and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

 Feb 4, 2023
 09:00 am to 11:00 am

Virtual Open House - This is Ridley!

Interested in a Ridley education? Want to learn more about what it’s like to be a student at Ridley College? 

Join Ridley's Headmaster, faculty and other members of the Ridley community on Zoom for this virtual information session on all aspects of life at Ridley. Topics will include boarding, the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, guidance and university placement, athletics, arts, activities, well-being, and virtual campus tours.

Virtual Open House - This is Ridley!

Ridley College Open House

Interested in a Ridley education? Want to learn more about what it’s like to be a student at Ridley College? 

Join Ridley's Headmaster, faculty and other members of the Ridley community on Zoom for this virtual information session on all aspects of life at Ridley. Topics will include boarding, the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, guidance and university placement, athletics, arts, activities, well-being, and virtual campus tours.

 Feb 4, 2023
 09:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Virtual Open House - This is Ridley!

Interested in a Ridley education? Want to learn more about what it’s like to be a student at Ridley College? 

Join Ridley's Headmaster, faculty and other members of the Ridley community on Zoom for this virtual information session on all aspects of life at Ridley. Topics include boarding, the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, guidance and university placement, athletics, arts, activities, well-being, and virtual campus tours.

 

Virtual Open House - This is Ridley!

Ridley College Open House

Interested in a Ridley education? Want to learn more about what it’s like to be a student at Ridley College? 

Join Ridley's Headmaster, faculty and other members of the Ridley community on Zoom for this virtual information session on all aspects of life at Ridley. Topics include boarding, the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, guidance and university placement, athletics, arts, activities, well-being, and virtual campus tours.

 

 Feb 15, 2023
 04:30 pm to 07:00 pm

Family Reading Evening (JK to Grade 8)

Make time to read as a family! Join Ridley teachers and special guest authors for engaging activities that will reignite your love of reading together - just in time for Family Day weekend!

Registration is now open!

Family Reading Evening (JK to Grade 8)

Ridley College Other Event

  • Feb 15, 2023
  • 04:30 pm to 07:00 pm
  • Ridley College Campus
    2 Ridley Road
    St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7C3
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Make time to read as a family! Join Ridley teachers and special guest authors for engaging activities that will reignite your love of reading together - just in time for Family Day weekend!

Registration is now open!

 Feb 22, 2023
 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Grade 9 Information Session for Prospective Students

Hear from the Head of Upper School, Guidance, and Admissions to learn more about the exciting opportunities in High School. Panel will take place during the event. 

Grade 9 Information Session for Prospective Students

Ridley College Other Event

Hear from the Head of Upper School, Guidance, and Admissions to learn more about the exciting opportunities in High School. Panel will take place during the event. 

 Feb 22, 2023
 12:00 am to 12:00 am

Application Deadline for Upper School Day Students (Grades 9 to PG)

Due to high demand and a competitive application process, Ridley can no longer offer rolling admissions for day applicants in our Upper School.

The application deadline for September 2023 entry is February 22nd, 2023. Decisions will be released to students on March 1st, 2023.

If space permits, we will accept applications until March 27th, 2023 and the second round of decisions will be released on April 3rd, 2023. 

All successful day student applicants will be placed in our waitpool until decisions are released on the dates above.

Application Deadline for Upper School Day Students (Grades 9 to PG)

Ridley College Application Deadline

  • Feb 22, 2023
  • 12:00 am to 12:00 am
  • Online
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Due to high demand and a competitive application process, Ridley can no longer offer rolling admissions for day applicants in our Upper School.

The application deadline for September 2023 entry is February 22nd, 2023. Decisions will be released to students on March 1st, 2023.

If space permits, we will accept applications until March 27th, 2023 and the second round of decisions will be released on April 3rd, 2023. 

All successful day student applicants will be placed in our waitpool until decisions are released on the dates above.

 Mar 9, 2023
 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Immigration Support for International Students

Join Ridley Admissions staff and our colleagues at International Student Guardianship Canada for an overview of Study Permits, visitor visas, custodianship and more! Learn what documents you need to study at Ridley and how to make your travel to Canada as smooth as possible.

Immigration Support for International Students

Ridley College Other Event

Join Ridley Admissions staff and our colleagues at International Student Guardianship Canada for an overview of Study Permits, visitor visas, custodianship and more! Learn what documents you need to study at Ridley and how to make your travel to Canada as smooth as possible.

 May 6, 2023
 09:00 am to 11:00 am

Saturday Play Date (JK to Grade 6)

Join Ridley's Headmaster, Head of Lower School (JK - Grade 8), teachers and current students to learn about Ridley's IB Programme and our internationally recognized Wellbeing Programme. After a tour of our campus stay to enjoy refreshments and free play on our natural playscape.

Saturday Play Date (JK to Grade 6)

Ridley College Other Event

  • May 6, 2023
  • 09:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Ridley College Campus
    2 Ridley Road
    St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7C3
Learn More

Join Ridley's Headmaster, Head of Lower School (JK - Grade 8), teachers and current students to learn about Ridley's IB Programme and our internationally recognized Wellbeing Programme. After a tour of our campus stay to enjoy refreshments and free play on our natural playscape.

Admissions Requirements

AssessmentRequiredGrades
InterviewJK - 12
SSAT
SSAT (out of province)
Entrance Exam(s)
Entrance Essay4 - 12

Ridley College admissions deadlines and fees

Day students: Rolling
Boarding students: Rolling
Offer mid-year entry: No

Application fee: $100
Registration fee: $3,500
Deposit: N/A

What Ridley College says about their admissions requirements:

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

Registration Fee for Domestic Boarders: $3500 and International Boarders $4000

Acceptance

Learn about the percentage of students typically accepted into Ridley College. This can help you gauge your chances of getting into this school. For instance, a 95% acceptance rate means a school is relatively easy to get into, while a 10% acceptance rate means it will be difficult to get into.

Ridley College acceptance rate: 61%

Day Boarding

Ridley College student entry points

Schools accept different numbers of students at different grade levels. Learn how many students are accepted into Ridley College at each grade level.

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Boarding Acceptance
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What type of student Ridley College is looking for:

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.


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