Summer Programmes

Summer Academy

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).

Summer Academy Schedule

Enrichment Programmes

Boarding: August 11–24, 2019
Day: August 12-23, 2019
Summer Academy Credit Programmes
Boarding: July 28–August 24, 2019
Day: July 31-August 23, 2019
Registration deadline: July 5, 2019
Day students: full payment due at time of online registration
Boarding students: $1000 deposit due at time of online registration. The remainder is due by July 5, 2019
Payment can be made via credit card or wire transfer.

*Note to all Ridley families; all Summer Academy and Enrichment Course fees must be paid separately from the student’s Ridley College account.
Courses may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Students will be notified by Monday, July 8, 2019 should this be the case.

All Summer Academy boarding students will participate in a two-day orientation programme on July 29-30. This is to increase academic success by encouraging acclimation to time, climate and campus life.
Summer Academy students first day of classes: please arrive at the Second Century Building (Building E on campus map) on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 8:30a.m.
Enrichment students: please arrive at the Second Century Building (Building E on campus map) on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 8:30a.m.
For information about our Residential Boarding Programme please refer to our FAQ page.  

Credit Programmes:

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  • Principles of Mathematics, Grade 9, Academic (MPM1D)

    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
  • Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic (MPM2D)

    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.

     Math, Grade 9, Academic

  • English, Grade 10, Academic (ENG2D)

    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

  • Functions, Grade 11, University Prep (MCR3U)

    This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending students’ experiences with linear and quadratic relations.

    • Investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions
    • Represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically
    • Solve problems involving applications of functions
    • Investigate inverse functions
    • Develop an understanding of how to determine equivalent algebraic expressions.
    • Students reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

     Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic
  • Advanced Functions, Grade 12, University Prep (MHF4U)

    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.

     Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation, or Mathematics for College Technology, Grade 12, College Preparation

Enrichment Programmes:

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  • IB Prep

    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 either the Middle Year Programme (MYP), the IB diploma or IB certificate programmes by focusing on thinking and critical skills that would best prepare them for these curriculums. In addition, this course would provide 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.
  • High School Prep

    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
    • Stress management
    • Time management
    • Study skills
    • Note taking
    • Test and exam preparation
    • Organizational strategies
    • Work habits
    • Motivation
    • Goal setting
    • Essay writing
    • Communication skills 
    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.

Contact Summer Programmes

Milana Schramm
Manager of Summer Programmes
905-684-1889 Ext. 2351

Katelyn Scott
Administrative Assistant
905-684-1889 ext. 2350

All our boarding programmes include:

  • 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
  • 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), initial arrival and departure transportation to and from Ridley and unaccompanied minor service (if required).
Refund Policy

For all day students attending Summer Academy and Enrichment Programmes, full payment is required at the time of registration. For boarding a deposit of $1,000 is required. The remainder of the Boarding Programme cost is due on or before the registration deadline of July 5, 2019. 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. There will be no refund offered after July 5, 2019 if a course has sufficient enrollment. Cancellation requests prior to July 4, 2019 must be made in writing and submitted to the Summer Programmes office at Refund requests made by day students are subject to a 50% refund of the programme amount. Refund requests made by boarding students are subject to 50% refund of the deposit paid.

A student whose participation is terminated due to behavior incongruent with Ridley’s Code of Conduct will not receive a refund.

Refunds may take four to six weeks to process.
P.O. Box 3013, 2 Ridley Road St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C3 Canada 905 684 1889
With more than 700 students from 60 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 only   co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.