Lower School


It’s Not Only What You Learn, It's How You Learn.

In Lower School classrooms, teaching students how to learn is just as important as teaching the curriculum. 
The IB philosophy emphasizes the explicit teaching of these strategies, skills, and attitudes – known as approaches to learning (ATL) – across all of its programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP); the Middle Years Programme (MYP); and the Diploma Programme (DP).
The key IB approaches to learning skills are as follows:
  1. Thinking Skills
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Social Skills
  4. Self-management Skills
  5. Research Skills

- Perco Family

“We chose Ridley College for our daughter because it really stood out as an exceptional school. As a family, we researched many independent and private schools and it was clear that Ridley was the most comprehensive and progressive.”

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  • IB Primary Years Programme

    The Lower School IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6.
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  • Learning Support

    Our teaching process is enhanced by the Ridley College Learning Centre, which offers a variety of support services structured to help students succeed.
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  • IB Middle Years Programme

    Ridley's IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students in Grades 7 through 10. In Lower School, the MYP is offered to students in Grades 7 and 8.
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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.