Upper School


Creating the Foundation of Learning for Life

At Ridley, there are no limits to learning. We believe in the potential students don’t even know they have. We have structured our Upper School programme to help students tap that potential and prepare them for the world they will create as leaders in a global society. Students choose how they will challenge themselves – in our 150+ course offerings – to excel and chart their own course to their goals.

— Mariana, Entered Ridley as a Grade 10 student

“My education at Ridley is the groundwork for my future. It’s my ticket to get into the university of my dreams, and eventually that will lead me into my profession. Doors are opened for me here and that is my opportunity to become successful.”

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  • Academic Credentials

    Ridley is an IB World School, accredited by the IBO and the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS).
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  • Challenging Curriculum

    Upper School academics are made up of challenging curricula; a combination of the Ontario secondary school requirements, the IB Middle Years Programme, and an option IB Diploma Programme.
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  • Digital Learning

    At Ridley, learning is enhanced by today’s digital learning tools.
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  • eLearning

    As a member of the CIS eLearning Consortium (ELC), Ridley College offers students the option of online course study. These courses run from September to May with a final assessment in June.
  • IB Continuum Framework

    At Ridley, the IB continuum consists of:

    • PYP for students in JK-Gr. 6
    • MYP for students in Gr. 7-10
    • DP for students in Gr. 11 and 12 (PG)
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  • Learning Support

    Our Learning Centre offers a variety of support services designed to help students succeed in and out of the classroom. This environment is available to all students and is intended to help develop learning skills and strategies.
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  • Technology-based Learning

    Ridley students have access to advanced technologies and digital learning studios that can be used to support their inquiry-based learning processes, including:

    • A gas chromatograph and mass spectrometer
    • A fully-equipped robotics lab
    • Cutting-edge 3D printers

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.