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International Education For Future Leaders

Attend school with the world at Canada’s top IB school. 

For generations, Ridley College has been home to a diverse community of learners who strive for academic and personal excellence. Today, more than 790 students from 59 countries study and flourish at Ridley.  

As a wellbeing education institution and International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, global context is a cornerstone of our curriculum. Your child will attend school with the world, offering them countless opportunities to learn from different perspectives, develop intercultural competencies, and grow in moral courage. Our campus is a hub for connection and community, where different perspectives are more than accepted – they’re celebrated. 

With a Ridley education in hand, your child will emerge as a globally intelligent, responsible, and confident leader, ready to transform our globe. 

Take Your First Step to Ridley 

Enrolling your child in an independent school is a significant decision for you and your family – and it’s an incredible investment. Let us help you feel confident in your research. 

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World-Class Education with Wellbeing at Heart 

Ridley College is the only International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum boarding school of its kind in Canada, and we are North America’s first Visible Wellbeing™ school. Students learn through a challenging yet supportive educational philosophy that promotes curiosity, leadership, service to others, global responsibility, and inquiry-based learning.  

Their hard work pays off. Ridley graduates go on to attend prestigious universities around the world, carrying with them the values and habits they need to live a flourishing life. 

Virtual Campus Tours 

We know that travelling to our campus isn't possible for some of our prospective families. That's why we offer different ways for you to tour our campus, no matter where you call home. 

Step into our latest virtual tour, where 360-degree panoramas bring our spaces to life. Dive into detailed descriptions of each space's purpose, helping you imagine your family seamlessly integrated into our vibrant community.

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Ridley at a Glance 

  • Founded in 1889 
  • Located in St. Catharines, Ontario, part of the stunning Niagara Region  
  • Enrollment: 797 students from 59 countries 
  • Small class sizes with an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio 
  • First Visible Wellbeing™ School in North America 
  • Day school (Kindergarten to Grade 12) and boarding school available (Grades 6 to 12) 
  • Choose from the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or complete both.

Experience Wellbeing Education 

Our mission is to inspire flourishing lives that will transform our globe. And it starts with a transformational approach to education. 

We’re unlike any other educational institution in Canada because of our unwavering commitment to wellbeing and positive education. Since 2012, we have integrated the PERMA-V human development theory by Dr. Martin Seligman as a framework for cultivating a flourishing life. We’re also North America’s first Visible Wellbeing™ school, an education model created by renowned psychologist and author, Professor Lea Waters. 

What does it mean to flourish? 

Flourishing is the state of being we inhabit when we invest in each aspect of the PERMA-V model – and it’s the foundation of everything we do at Ridley. We made it our mission to create opportunities for students to increase positive emotions, build deep relationships, find purpose, and achieve their goals by cultivating their strengths and talents. 

"We chose Ridley College for our daughter because it really stood out as an exceptional school. We researched many independent and private schools and Ridley was the most comprehensive and progressive."

- Perco Family

Flourish Inside and Outside the Classroom 

Co-curricular participation is an integral and exciting part of life at Ridley. Our students balance their academic life with some of the 75 co-curricular activities offered here, including clubs and activitiesarts, and student leadership.

We also have one of the leading athletic development programs in North America, helping student-athletes pursue their passion for sport. We approach athletics holistically, balancing a winning combination of learning, training, competing, and flourishing.​​​​​  

Ridley by the Numbers  

  • 150 academic course offerings 
  • 90+ acres of state-of-the-art facilities 
  • 53% of faculty members have advanced degrees 
  • 75+ co-curricular clubs and activities 

Get Ready to Belong at Ridley

Let us partner with you and prepare your child for a flourishing life at Ridley and beyond.  

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