Boarding Experience

Boarding Life

Creating a Sense of Community for All Ages

The Ridley College experience empowers students to embrace their individuality, develop who they are, strive for who they will be, and define the lives they will lead. Our boarding houses provide boarding and day students a key element for that journey.

Built on a community-oriented philosophy, our boarding houses foster individual character development, promote personal growth, and inspire students to lead flourishing lives within a community.

- Darcy, Grade 12

“The boarding environment makes you independent, but you also have to learn to take responsibility for that independence. That’s been very rewarding to me.”

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  • A Values-Based Community

    All day students and boarding students are associated directly with one of Ridley’s 10 boarding houses.
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  • Global Understanding

    Creating a Global Understanding

    The boarding experience is enriched by students from 44 countries around the world.
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  • engagement

    Engagement and Inclusion

    All Upper School students participate in an advisory programme and residential life evenings during which topics of interest are discussed and explored by the students under the guidance of their Head of House.
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  • Prepared for Life

    70% of boarding school students say that their boarding school experience helped them develop self-discipline, maturity, independence, and the ability to think critically.
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P.O. Box 3013, 2 Ridley Road St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C3 Canada 905 684 1889
With more than 665 students from 44+ countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the second 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 independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.