Summer Programmes

EAL/ESL Programmes

The Ridley College legacy of academic excellence continues with English as an Additional Language (EAL) summer boarding programmes tailored for participants ages 10 to 17. Ridley offers three EAL/ESL Programmes that will help participants develop their English language proficiency.
Registration deadline:

•  For students requiring a visa, April 1, 2020
•  For students not requiring a visa, May 15, 2020
Full payment due at time of online registration. Payment can be made via credit card or wire transfer.

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  • EAL/ESL Camp Experience Ages 10-13

    Designed for campers ages 10 to 13 who are beginner to intermediate-level English speakers. Students will be placed in classes based on age and English language proficiency. No pre-language assessment is required. This camp enhances English reading, writing, speaking and comprehension, while campers engage in both interactive classroom activities and fun traditional camp experiences. Includes scenic, cultural excursions within the Niagara region and to Toronto.

    Weeks Available

    One week session:
    •  July 26-August 1
    •  Total Cost: $1,700
    Two week sessions:
    •  July 5-18
    •  August 2-15
    •  Total cost: $3,400
    Three week sessions:
    •  July 5-25
    •  August 2-22
    •  Total Cost: $5,100

    First day of classes: please arrive at the Upper School dining hall, the Great Hall, at 8:30a.m. to meet your teachers.
    For Residential Boarding Programme information, please see our FAQ page.
  • EAL/ESL Summer Credit Programme Ages 13-17

    Our ESL Summer Credit Programme is designed for students ages 13 to 17 with an intermediate to advanced level of English proficiency who wish to participate in a more rigorous English language programme, apply to English speaking high schools or universities and/or wish to earn an Ontario Ministry of Education academic credit in ESL.

    Students will begin the programme by participating in a fun and engaging orientation learning experience where students will familiarize themselves with the campus and their new surroundings. Students will participate in fun on-campus group activities to encourage the students to form new relationships with their classmates.

    Each student will be formally assessed by respected members of the Ontario College of Teachers who all possess an advanced certification in ESL programming. Students will then be placed in appropriate level classes where the curriculum will be delivered through an experiential learning approach, with a combination of classroom time and cooperative group activities. Participants will receive 110 hours of class time instruction and the opportunity to develop their language skills by going on afternoon and weekend excursions, which include trips throughout the beautiful Niagara Region and to Toronto! At the end of this programme, students will have the opportunity to write the BO/CO/DO test. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive an Ontario Ministry credit and a report card.  

    •  Session 1: July 5- August 1, 2020
    •  Session 2: July 26-August 22, 2020
    •  Total cost: $5,900
    For Residential Boarding Programme information please see our FAQ page.

All our boarding programmes include:

  • 24-hour dorm supervision by qualified Ridley College staff
  • Shared accommodation in Ridley dorms
  • Three meals
  • Health insurance while staying on campus
  • Access to 24-hour health care by medical professionals at Ridley’s Schmon Health Centre
  • Free WIFI access
  • Evening and weekend excursions such as: Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake shopping at the local outlet mall, Canada’s Wonderland, and day trip to Toronto.
The programme cost does NOT include: spending money (we recommend $300 CDN), initial arrival and departure transportation to and from Ridley and unaccompanied minor service (if required).
Refund Policy

Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the Ridley College Summer Programmes office via email at All cancellations received prior to May 31, 2020 will be eligible for 50% refund of the deposit paid. If student’s visa is denied full refund less 10% of the deposit will be issued. Copies of documentation from the Canada Embassy will be required in order to process this refund request. Cancellations after May 31, 2020 will not be eligible for a refund. 
A student whose participation is terminated due to behaviour incongruent with Ridley’s Code of Conduct will not receive a refund.

Refunds may take four to six weeks to process.
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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.