Turnbull School is dedicated to academic excellence in a caring environment. Students benefit from highly qualified teachers, small class sizes, daily physical education, effective organization and study skills, enhanced French, award winning science, dynamic music, visual arts and drama programs, intramural and extra-curricular sports, clubs and special events, and modern facilities. Our leadership and character development programs enhance the school culture of excellence and caring.
Our Take: Turnbull School
Turnbull was founded by Mary Ann Turnbull in 1992, though its history in a sense dates back to Turnbull Learning Centre, which she established in 1981. The Centre offered academic services, and Turnbull’s success there lead to the creation of the school. The setting is idyllic —since 1996 it has occupied a parcel of 5.5 acres in the Central Experimental Farm area of Ottawa. The location is within Ottawa, yet retains a rural community feel, which itself is a draw for many families. The space also allows for a focus on environmental education, something that has distinguished the school somewhat and gained recognition in 2007 by the SEEDS Foundation. The school has grown over the years, and is a good size today, allowing for a nice breadth of programming, while at the same time retaining a personal, community feel. Per the initial intentions for the school, values—cooperation, character, and reasoned reflection—inform all the activities of the school. Parental involvement in the life of the school is welcomed, as is consistent, informal communication between families and school administration.
What does learning at Turnbull School look like now?
We are very pleased and excited to be embarking on this very special and unique school year. It goes without saying that the COVID-19 global pandemic has had major effects and ramifications on all facets of life, including education. We have made many thoughtful changes to our procedures, school facilities and schedules to help create a safe, nurturing and enjoyable environment for the students and staff at Turnbull School. Of course, mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand washing form the basis of the many enhancements put in place to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
Although the majority of our students will be attending school each day, several families have opted for their children to "Learn from Home". These children will receive live streaming of their academic classes throughout the week. Time will also be made for them to connect with their teachers to help build rapport and ensure curriculum expectations are being met.