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Upper School families, it’s almost time to start the 2024-2025 school year. Whether you are just beginning your journey at Ridley or returning for another action-packed year, all the start-up information you need can be found here. 

Psst... if you see a term below and aren’t quite sure what it means, visit our Glossary of Terms, where we break down everything you need to know.

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Important Dates and Deadlines 

Mark your calendar with these important dates and upcoming deadlines leading up to the beginning of the school year. Be sure to review our Major Dates Calendar for all our important dates starting September 1st with orientation, which we call Opening Days

Prepare for September 1st

All times are listed in Toronto (ET) time.  

  • June 1st - School uniforms available for purchase online (see the Purchase School Essentials section below for more information)
  • June 4th at 8:00p.m. - Newly enrolled families join our virtual Town Hall* 
  • August 6th to 29thUniform fitting and alteration appointments are available through our on-campus sewing room
  • August 14th at 8:00p.m. - Newly enrolled and returning families attend our virtual Town Hall* 
  • August 15th - Complete the health forms listed on your child's Magnus account
  • August 15th - Provide proof of a valid Provincial or Territorial health card through Magnus (if applicable)
  • September 1st to 3rd - Opening Days Orientation
  • September 1st - All new boarding students arrive and move in
  • September 1st to 5th - Visit Hank's, in the basement of School House, anytime between 9:00a.m. and 4:00p.m. to be fitted for a uniform without an appointment
  • September 2nd, morning - All new day students arrive for orientation and registration.
  • September 2nd, afternoon - All returning boarding students move in.
  • September 3rd - All returning day students arrive for orientation and registration.
  • September 4th to 6th - Camp
  • September 6th to 7th - Senior Retreat (Grade 12s only)
  • September 9th - Classes begin

* An email to all incoming and current families with a registration link for our upcoming Town Halls will be sent. Please keep an eye on your email in the coming weeks.

View the 2024-25 School Major Dates Calendar

This important document tracks school holidays, return to school and end-of-school dates, all of which are especially important for travel planning. Please be mindful of the start and end dates around holidays and long weekends, as our expectation is that students will arrive at Ridley on time and that travel plans will be booked accordingly.

View the Major Dates Calendar


Checklist for Newly Enrolled Families 

As you are just beginning your journey at Ridley, there are a few things you need and should do before the start of the school year. We’ve created a checklist below to help you rest easy, knowing you’ve done everything you need to prepare for your child’s first day at Ridley. 

In July, current parents, on behalf of the entire Ridley College Family Guild (RCFG), will contact each of our newly enrolled families as part of the Family Mentor Programme. If you are new to Ridley, you can expect an email or phone call from one of our family mentors, who will be delighted to answer any questions about what it's like to be a Ridley parent. We hope this programme will provide you and your child with a smooth transition to Ridley life and encourage relationships within our community.

Complete the Enrollment Process

Additional steps for international families:

Course Selection

Your child will receive an email from our Guidance Department regarding booking an appointment with a Guidance Counsellor to discuss their course selection. 

Update Health Records

We offer extensive on-campus health resources for all Ridley students. There are a few pieces of your child’s health information that you need to provide before August 15th so that we can review them and ensure we are ready to offer your child the best possible care on campus.

All medical records and health information should be provided through Magnus Health, which is the school's secure electronic medical record system. Families can log into Magnus through their TigerNET account. Please note that only the parent's TigerNET account can access Magnus.

Before August 15th, you should:

  • Complete the health forms listed on your child's account
  • Provide proof of a valid (non-expired) Provincial or Territorial health card (if applicable)
  • Add your child’s immunization records

Learn more about these requirements, systems, and our on-campus health care in general.  

Purchase School Essentials

For your child to make the most out of their Ridley experience, there are a few items that we request you send with them at the start of the school year.

Uniforms

  • Order your child’s school uniform online and review the Upper School Uniform Policy
    • Uniform order forms open on June 1st and close on August 29th:
    • Fittings: Between August 6th and 29th, your family can book a fitting appointment to ensure you purchase the correct size uniform. 
    • For school uniforms, please visit Hank’s, our campus store, between 9:00a.m. and 4:00p.m from Sunday, September 1st to Thursday, September 5th. No appointments necessary. Starting Monday, September 9th, Hank’s will resume regular business hours of 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. No appointment necessary.
    • Returns and exchanges: Hank’s will be open for returns and exchanges by appointment beginning August 12th.  Please call Hank’s at 905-684-1889 ext. 2243 to make an appointment. 
    • Alterations: Our sewing room will be open Monday to Friday from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. beginning August 6th. They will also be open September 1st to 5th from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. with no appointment required. The sewing room will be closed on September 6th. 

Technology Requirements

  • Purchase an Apple MacBook laptop, which is required for all Upper School students. We recommend any 13" MacBook Pro or MacBook Air models with a minimum hard drive size of 256GB or better.
    • Ridley’s partnership with Apple allows us to pass on educational discounts to all our families. You can order a laptop and any other Mac needs through Ridley College's store on Apple's website and have it shipped directly to your home. Education discounts are automatically applied when purchasing through Ridley College’s store. 
    • Ridley is a Microsoft Office 365 school that will provide students with all the software they need for their academic journey. 
  • Set up all of your child’s electronic devices before arriving on campus to access Ridley’s wifi, their Outlook email, class schedules, and more. Check out our Technology Requirements page for details about setting up your child's devices. 

Learn More

Textbooks

Secure any required textbooks in Hank’s (our on-campus store) during the first week of classes. 

Plan Your Boarding Experience

As a new boarding family, we know there are many things to consider, from your child’s travel to campus to what they should pack. We want to take the mystery out of the boarding experience to help make the transition to life at Ridley as smooth as possible.

Below are a few steps you need to take before you arrive on campus, but we’ve also created a page with all the details about boarding for you to explore whenever is most convenient for your family.

  • Book your child's transportation to campus. New boarding students are invited to arrive and move into their boarding houses on September 1st.
  • Plan accommodations if your child is arriving before their move-in date. We recommend the following accommodation options:
    • Hospitalité Canada has worked with Ridley College for over 15 years to provide care to international students needing a safe place to live while not at school.
    • International Student Guardianship Canada (ISGC) offers a short-term homestay programme which allows students to stay in a safe and friendly home within a community in Ontario.
  • Pack all of the items suggested on our packing list

Following house placements in the spring, the Heads of Houses will send a welcome email and information for the coming school year to all boarders. 

Learn More


Checklist for Returning Families 

Welcome back to Ridley! Although you’ve been through at least one school year with us, we wanted to ensure you had all the information you needed to prepare for your child’s first day back at Ridley. 

Complete the Enrollment Process
  • Make sure you have signed and submitted your enrollment contract on TigerNET.  
  • Ensure your account is up to date based on the payment plan you chose on your enrollment contract.

Additional steps for international families:

Course Selection

If your child is entering Grade 9, they will receive an email from the Guidance Department regarding booking an appointment with a Guidance Counsellor to discuss their course selection. 

Update Health Records

Although we already have your child’s health records on file, we request that you review their information and make any necessary updates on Magnus Health before August 15th to ensure we are ready to offer your child the best possible care on campus.  

Before August 15th, you should:

  • Update the health forms listed on your child's account
  • Provide proof of a valid (non-expired) Provincial or Territorial health card (if applicable)
  • Update your child’s immunization records

Refresh your knowledge about these requirements, systems, and our on-campus health care in general.  

Purchase School Essentials

You probably already have all the school supplies ready and waiting for September for your child. If your child is going into Grade 9, there are changes to your child's uniform and a couple of additional items they should bring with them for this school year. 

Uniforms

  • Order your child's Upper School uniform. Please review the uniform policy to learn more about the changes to your child's uniform requirements for Upper School. 
    • Uniform order forms open on June 1st and close on August 29th:
    • Fittings: Between August 6th and 29th, your family can book a fitting appointment to ensure you purchase the correct size uniform. 
    • For school uniforms, please visit Hank’s, our campus store, between 9:00a.m. and 4:00p.m from Sunday, September 1st to Thursday, September 5th. No appointments necessary. Starting Monday, September 9th, Hank’s will resume regular business hours of 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. No appointment necessary.
    • Returns and exchanges: Hank’s will be open for returns and exchanges by appointment beginning August 12th.  Please call Hank’s at 905-684-1889 ext. 2243 to make an appointment. 
    • Alterations: Our sewing room will be open Monday to Friday from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. beginning August 6th. They will also be open September 1st to 5th from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. with no appointment required. The sewing room will be closed on September 6th. 

Technology Requirements

  • Purchase an Apple MacBook laptop, which is required for all Upper School students. We recommend any 13" MacBook Pro or MacBook Air models with a minimum hard drive size of 256GB or better.
    • Ridley’s partnership with Apple allows us to pass on educational discounts to all our families. You can order a laptop and any other Mac needs through Ridley College's store on Apple's website and have it shipped directly to your home. Education discounts are automatically applied when purchasing through Ridley College’s store. 
  • Set up all of your child’s electronic devices before arriving on campus to access Ridley’s wifi, their Outlook email, class schedules, and more. Check out our Technology Requirements page for details about setting up your child's devices. 

Learn More

Textbooks

Secure any required textbooks in Hank’s (our on-campus store) during the first week of classes. 

Plan Your Boarding Experience

Although your family are experts on boarding at Ridley, you are welcome to explore our new boarding page to take the mystery out of the boarding experience. We’ve got you covered, from travel information to a list of what to pack, from your child's daily schedule to how they can send and receive mail. 

Learn More


Opening Days Schedule

Our 2024-2025 Opening Days schedule will be available closer to the start of the school year. Please check back at a later date for all the details. 


Camp Schedule

More details about camp will be provided in the coming weeks.


Additional Resources


Explore Our Website 

There is so much more to Ridley than we can fit on a single webpage. When you have time, explore the following sections of our website for more information about what your child will experience when they start in September. 

Don’t forget to follow us on social media to get an inside peek at the day-to-day of the Ridley Tiger experience. Links to our social media channels can be found at the bottom of this page.  


Contact Us 

If you have any questions about the information on this page, below are the Ridley community members who can assist you.  

TopicDepartmentContact
Enrollment Contracts Business Office [email protected] 
Family Mentor ProgrammeRidley College Family Guild[email protected] 
Health Insurance Health Services[email protected]
Laptop Set UpIT[email protected] 
MagnusHealth Services[email protected]
School SuppliesHank's Campus Store[email protected] or x2243 
Sports ProgrammingAthletics 

[email protected] or x2322

TechnologyIT[email protected] 
TigerNETIT [email protected]
Tuition Fees and PaymentsBusiness Office[email protected]
Uniforms Hank's Campus Store

[email protected] or x2243 

VaccinationsHealth Services [email protected]