Upper School


Developing an Interest in Sport for Life

Sport is integral to life at Ridley. Every student participates in some form of physical activity every day, be it through physical education class, competitive sport, active play, or a visit to the strength and conditioning centre.

-John J. Ratey, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“One of the prominent features of exercise, which is sometimes not appreciated in studies, is an improvement in the rate of learning.”

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  • spark for learning

    A Spark for Learning

    Our commitment to physical activity is based on extensive research into the benefits of exercise to the learning process. Research shows that regular exercise keeps the brain at peak performance and sparks the brain functions that enable learning.
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  • Self-directed Athletic Programmes

    Upper School students are also in complete control of their athletic programmes.
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  • Physical Literacy and Sport for Life

    Our Upper School athletics programme is structured to give all students the opportunity to improve on the skills they learned as children and develop the physical literacy to leverage those skills into a lifelong commitment to an active lifestyle.
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  • Competitive Programmes

    Students interested in pursuing competitive athletics can choose to participate in a variety of programmes, including:
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  • Physical Literacy

    Physical Literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.
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  • Sparking Life Through Physical Activity

    Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J. Ratey, MD
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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.