Why Ridley?

Strategic Plan

Inspiring Flourishing Lives to Transform Our Globe

To understand where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been.

In September 2014, Ridley introduced a bold plan to build on the timeless aspects of our then 125-year legacy and launch us into the next 125 years. This plan provides both clarity of purpose and an exciting strategic direction that will guide Ridley into a compelling future.

As we embark on the next leg of our school’s journey, we are focused on nine key strategies that will allow us to deliver enduring value to our students and the wider Ridley community. With the support and loyalty of our expansive Ridley community — students, parents, teachers, staff, alumni, donors, and benefactors — I am confident that we will be successful in achieving our vision.

Ed Kidd
OUR MISSION: We prepare meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society.

OUR VISION: We inspire flourishing lives to transform our globe.

OUR PROMISES: Student-centred, service, action, grit & flow, integrity, meaning, global, community.

Nine Strategies to Take Us into the Future

List of 9 items.

  • Student-Centred

    We will place the student experience at the heart of all that we do by creating a highly student-centred culture and campus community.
  • Flourishing

    We will inspire students to build flourishing lives by providing the experiences, skills and knowledge so that they may develop the habits and characteristics of a flourishing life.
  • Excellence in Boarding

    We will strengthen the Houses of Ridley programme to make it an unparalleled, innovative, best-in-class boarding experience.
  • Tradition and Culture

    We will celebrate and honour Ridley’s past, whilst remaining relevant for a future that is guided by the College’s mission, vision, and promises.
  • Exemplary Environment

    We will create a nourishing workplace community that enables our faculty and staff to advance the College’s vision and mission.
  • Extended Community

    We will strengthen and further engage the Ridley network in the life and the advancement of our College.
  • International Positioning

    We will strengthen Ridley College as a Canadian school of the world that prepares students for the world.
  • Strategic Partnerships

    We will create new and strengthen existing innovative partnerships in local, regional, national, and global communities that advance the mission of the College.
  • Commitment to Service

    We will imbue in all Ridleians a commitment “to be consumed in service” and the principle of serving others.
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.