Our Summer Academy offers a variety of stimulating credit and enrichment programmes designed to guide students to their true potential as they work towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). We also offer Enrichment Courses for those who are entering an International Baccalaurete (IB) programme, a SAT prep course for students aspiring to attend a post-secondary educational institution in the USA, or a high school prep programme for students who wish to strengthen skills designed to achieve high school success.
Our Summer Academy credit and enrichment courses are offered in August each year. Daily classes run from 9:00am to 4:00pm on campus and students have the option to attend as either day students or boarding students. Our small class sizes of less than 15 students is optimal for individualized instruction. Student progress is continuously monitored and communicated via email as well as through mid-term and final grade reports (for Summer Academy Credit Courses).
*Note to all Ridley families; all Summer Academy and Enrichment Course fees must be paid separately from the student’s Ridley College account. At the end of the registration you will be prompted to pay the deposit payment.
For the daily calendar of excursions and activities, please click on the link labelled “Excursion/Activity Calendar”. In addition, for further programme information, please click on the E-brochure.
This course explores mathematical concepts related to algebra, analytic geometry, as well as measurement and geometry. These topics are discovered through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning.
Examine relationships, which they then generalize as equations of lines
Determine the connections between different representations of a linear relation
Explore relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional figures and two-dimensional shapes
Students reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems
This course enables students to broaden their understanding of relationships and extend their problem-solving and algebraic skills through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning.
Explore quadratic relations and their applications
Solve and apply linear systems
Verify properties of geometric figures using analytic geometry
Investigate the trigonometry of right and acute triangles.
Students reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.
This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in both their secondary school academic programmes and in their daily lives.
Analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods
Interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts
Create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms
The course also focuses on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course prepares students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course
Prerequisite: English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied
This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore kinematics, with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces; energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
This course extends a student experience with functions.
Investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions
Develop techniques for combining functions
Broaden their understanding of rates of change
Develop facility in applying these concepts and skills
Students also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university programme and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to a variety of university programmes.
Prerequisite: Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation, or Mathematics for College Technology, Grade 12, College Preparation
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.
Prerequisite: Chemistry, Grade 11, University Preparation
This course allows students to develop the leadership skills necessary to successfully manage an organization or business. Explore the roles, responsibilities and functions of management and examine how managers solve problems through effective decision making. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of communication skills, ethics and social responsibility.
This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analyzing large amounts of information; solve problems involving probability and statistics. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in future studies; particularly for university programs in business, the social sciences and the humanities.
Prerequisite: Functions, Grade 11, University Prep or Functions and Applications, Grade 11, University/College Prep
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a standardized assessment tool used by US College Admissions boards. Led by a professionally certified SAT company, this course is specifically designed to engage students in subject area preparation and test-taking strategies. Over the two-week period, students will participate in three separate diagnostic sessions enabling the instructor to carefully monitor progress and target individual weaknesses. Summary reports will be issued for each student. In addition to the vast instructional material, each student will be provided with unlimited use of an online web tool, that will continue to provide practice and guidance long after the session ends.
This two-week programme is offered as either a day or boarding experience and is intended for students wanting to pursue post-secondary education in the USA and therefore wish to prepare for the SAT test.
Please note: the official SAT test is not part of the course.
The daily schedule runs from 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday. A hot lunch and two snacks will be provided daily. Evening and weekend activities/excursions are planned for all boarding students. For further details on these co-curricular events, please refer to the Calendar tab on the Summer Academy homepage.
The International Baccalaureate educational program is a highly respected, world-renown international education that develops the individual’s intellectual, emotional, personal and social skills; all of which are needed to thrive in a rapidly globalizing world. This enrichment course assists those who aspire to enroll in the IB diploma or IB certificate programmes by providing an overview of the IB Diploma Programme core which includes: the Theory of Knowledge course, Extended Essay writing, Internal Assessments, creativity, activity and service. Effective research practices, study skills, time management, and inquiry-based learning will also be examined. Developing a clear understanding of the expectations of this academically rigorous educational program, will help to ensure student success.
The transition to high school is one that comes with monumental changes and often insecurities. This programme is designed to help smooth this transition and teach the necessary skills for high school success. Gain confidence and a stronger understanding of high school expectations while focusing on the following important concepts:
Individual learning styles
Test and exam preparation
This two week, enrichment programme is offered as either a Day or Boarding experience and is ideal for students enrolled in Grades 8 – 10. It is open to all students; both full-time Ridley students and non-Ridleans alike.
The daily schedule runs from 9:00am – 4pm with planned evening and weekend activities/excursions for boarding students. The co-curricular activities allow for students to make lasting friendships and network with other high school students.
24-hour dorm supervision by qualified Ridley College staff
Shared accommodation in Ridley dorms
Three meals and two snacks daily
Health insurance while staying on campus
Access to 24-hour health care by medical professionals at Ridley’s Schmon Health Centre
Free WiFi access
Daily co-curricular activities after school from 4:30pm - 5:30pm, including sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and much more
Evening and weekend excursions such as: Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake shopping at the local outlet mall, Canada’s Wonderland, and day trip to Toronto.
The programme cost does NOT include: spending money (we recommend $300 CDN for Summer Academy Credit students, $150 for Enrichment Programme students), arrival and departure transportation to and from Ridley, unaccompanied minor service (if required).
For the Day Summer Academy and Enrichment Programmes, a deposit of $300 is required at the time of registration. For boarding a deposit of $1,000 is required. For both of these options the remainder of the programme cost is due on or before the registration deadline of July 6, 2018. All of these programmes are run based on enrollment. Therefore, if a course is deemed unable to run due to insufficient enrollment, a full refund will be granted. However, there will be no refund offered after July 6, 2018 if a course has sufficient enrollment. Cancellation requests prior to July 6, 2018 must be made in writing and submitted to the Summer Programmes office at email@example.com. These requests are subject to a 50% refund of the deposit amount.
With more than 700 students from over 50 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the onlyco-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.