Lower School
Student Life


At Ridley, we strive to create an environment in which all students have the opportunity to develop the leadership skills they will need to thrive in an increasingly complex and global community.

Lower School students at every grade level are encouraged to establish a positive tone and act as role models, coaches, and mentors to their classmates and younger peers. Monday Advisory Sessions allow students to engage in discussions and participate in activities designed to further enhance leadership development. In addition, there are numerous opportunities for students to practice being a leader:
  • Leadership at Recess
  • Leadership in Class
  • Leadership Roles on Sports Teams
  • Tribe Leadership
  • Student Council Membership
  • Primary Lunchtime Helpers
  • Peer Mediators
  • Library Assistants and Monitors
  • Main Office Assistants
  • Reading Buddies
  • Special Event Assistants (e.g., Terry Fox Run, Jump Rope for Heart and Stroke, etc.)
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.