Ridley College: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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Founded in 1889, Ridley College is a coeducational boarding and day school located on a beautiful 90-acre campus in St. Catharines, Ontario, an hour drive from Toronto and ten minutes from Niagara Falls. Students range from JK through grade 12 (with boarding beginning in Grade 5) and come from 60 countries worldwide. With over 380 boarders, Ridley has the largest boarding programme in Ontario and is one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious boarding schools.
“World Prep” is what you find here: a forward-looking and rigorous programme that prepares students for a university education and a promising future. Ridley is one of only three International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum boarding schools in North America, offering the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme. In addition to the IB Programme, Ridley offers the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and a wide range of summer programmes, including our ESL credit programme. Ridley graduates go on to study at some of the top colleges and universities in Canada, the United States, and internationally, and are equipped with the knowledge and skills for success.
Beyond academics is a diverse extracurricular programme in the arts, athletics, leadership, and community service. For over 125 years, Ridley College has held true to its motto, Terar Dum Prosim, or “May I be consumed in service.” Opportunities abound for participation in Creativity, Action, and Service activities year-round and for students to explore new interests, cultivate their passions, and be challenged to reach their potential. 
One of the defining features of Ridley is the traditional house system, which integrates both boarding and day students into 10 boarding houses on campus, each with its own unique identity and sense of community. By incorporating our local day students into the boarding programme, Ridley provides students with a perfect balance of global cultures and a uniquely Canadian experience. 

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7 days boarding: 

65,700 USD

About the school

Ridley College was founded in 1889 and became co-educational in 1973. Traditionally, Ridley College was an Anglican prep school. 

Ridley College was founded in 1889 and became co-educational in 1973.
90-acre campus in the heart of the beautiful Niagara region:
Modern classrooms and subject-specific lab space
Upper and Lower School libraries and dining halls
2 theatres
Memorial Chapel
10 boarding houses
NHL-grade ice surface & Fieldhouse
Indoor pool
Dance studio and fitness/strength training centre
Concept 2 rowing ergometer room
Multiple playing fields, tennis courts, indoor squash courts, and gymnasia
Burgoyne Outdoor Education Centre


Ontario Ministry of Education
International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO): IBO World School, March 2011
Founding member Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) member

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14 different athletic teams

Badminton, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Rugby, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Location Description

Ridley`s historic campus is located 45 minutes from the Toronto Airport and sits near Lake Ontario, a few minutes from Niagara Falls. 

2 Ridley Road St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C3

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