How to Apply

Welcoming Applications for 2022-23

Explore the Opportunities a Ridley Experience Offers

Our admissions process is structured to allow us to get to know you and your family — your experiences, interests, needs, and expectations. Through this process, we strive to explore the possibilities for you at the school and determine whether Ridley is the best choice for your education. 
To complete our application process, prospective students are asked to please submit the following:
  • Online application 
  • Year-end academic reports for three years, including the current school year
  • Confidential Recommendation Form (provided in the “Downloads” section of the application)
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) Assessment Form, if English is not your first language (provided in the “Downloads” section of the application)
Students are encouraged to complete the Character Skills Snapshot to supplement their Ridley application.  While not required, the Snapshot will provide the Admissions Office with a more holistic view of the applicant.
Once your application has been submitted, you will be contacted by the Admissions Office to schedule an interview and/or a campus visit.
If you have any questions about Ridley or the entrance requirements, please contact the Admissions Office

More Than Just an Application

The admissions journey begins with your application and evolves through ongoing communication as we build a relationship and work together to discover if Ridley is the right fit for you. Along the way, we review your profile, provide information, answer questions, and arrange customized visits to the Ridley campus.
Although our admissions process begins with an application, it involves more than just facts and figures on a form. We have designed our process to help us understand each candidate as a student and, more importantly, as an individual. While we value and respect past achievements, we strive to understand future potential, seriousness of purpose, and possible contributions to the Ridley community, as well as to the greater social good.

Your Guides Through the Process

Our Admissions Officers are your personal guides through the process. They’ll be with you every step of the way as you discover what the Ridley experience can mean for you. We understand that there may be unique circumstances that require our consideration and flexibility, and we are always available to work with you as needed.

- Marleen McMaster

We moved to St. Catharines and decided to have our daughters attend Ridley College. After we made initial enquiries, I was immediately impressed with how quickly the school got in touch to provide information to help us in the decision-making process. They also accommodated tours and multiple class visits to ensure it was the right school for us....I have noticed how easily [my girls] have adapted to the school, how much more they are learning in the diverse courses, and how their social interactions have blossomed.

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  • Apply Early

    While admission to Ridley is on a rolling basis, we encourage you to begin the process during the fall and spring of the preceding academic year. After you submit your application, you can expect to receive a decision from the Admissions Committee within two to three weeks.
  • What Parents Say

    85% of first-year parents feel that the Ridley experience has equaled or “far exceeded” their expectations set during the admissions process.

    (2016 Parent Survey)
  • Get Answers

    If you have questions about the admissions process or entrance requirements, contact the Admissions Office at 1-905-684-1889 Ext. 2207 or
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.