Summer Programmes

Summer Academy

Our Summer Academy credit and enrichment courses are offered in August of each year. Daily classes run from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on campus and students have the option to attend as either day students or boarding students. Our small class sizes of fewer 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.

Summer Academy Schedule

Summer Academy Credit Programmes
Boarding: July 26 to August 22, 2020
Day: July 29 to August 21, 2020

Registration deadline: July 3, 2020

Full payment for both day and boarding students is due at time of online registration.

Payment can be made via credit card or wire transfer.
Please note that all Summer Academy 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 6, 2020 should this be the case.

All Summer Academy boarding students will participate in a two-day orientation programme on July 27th and 28th. 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 29, 2020 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 examined through investigation, the effective use of technology and abstract reasoning.

    Students will:

    • Examine relationships, which they'll then generalize as equations of lines
    • Determine connections between different representations of a linear relation
    • Explore relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional figures and two-dimensional shapes
    • Reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems
    Boarding: $5,100
    Day: $999

  • 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.

    Students will:

    • 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
    • Reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems

     Math, Grade 9, Academic

    Boarding: $5,100
    Day: $999
  • 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 both in their secondary school academic programmes and their daily lives. It also readies students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course.

    Students will:

    • 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
    • Focus on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication

     English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

    Boarding: $5,100
    Day: $999
  • Functions, Grade 11, University Prep (MCR3U)

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

    Students will:

    • 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.
    • Reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

     Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic

    Boarding: $5,100
    Day: $999
  • Advanced Functions, Grade 12, University Prep (MHF4U)

    This course extends the student experience with functions. It 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.

    Students will:

    • 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
    • Refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics 

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

    Boarding: $5,100
    Day: $999

Enrichment Programmes

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  • SAT 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.
  • IB Prep

    The International Baccalaureate educational program is a highly respected, world-renowned international education that develops the individual’s intellectual, emotional, personal, and social skillsall of which are needed to thrive in a rapidly globalizing world. This enrichment course assists those who aspire to enroll in the Middle Year Programme (MYP), the IB diploma programme or IB certificate programme by focusing on critical skills and thinking that would best prepare them for these curriculums. In addition, this course provides 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 ensure student success.

    For pricing and additional information, please contact us at
  • 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 to 10. It is open to all students; both full-time Ridley students and non-Ridleans alike.
    The daily schedule runs from 9:00a.m. to 4p.m. 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.

    For pricing and additional information, please contact us at

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

Notice of student withdrawal must be made in writing to the Summer Programmes office at

  • All refunds are subject to a 10 per cent non-refundable fee, $200 minimum.
  • Full refunds will only be issued with proof of visa denial or a medical emergency supported by certification from a legally qualified medical practitioner not related to the student, non-refundable fee applicable.
  • Cancellations received prior to May 1st, 2020 are eligible for a full refund, non-refundable fee applicable.
  • Cancellations on or after May 1st will not receive a refund.
  • The College reserves the right to cancel registration in the event of low enrollment or exceptional and/or unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs a full tuition refund will be provided, non-refundable fee applicable.
  • If a student is asked not to return to the College for any reasons prior to the start of the program, all fees paid will be refunded, non-refundable fee applicable.
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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.