Why Ridley?

The Ridley Difference

It’s Not Just an Education. It’s a Life-Shaping Experience.

The Ridley College experience transforms lives.

Ridley students are empowered to embrace their individuality, develop who they are, strive for who they will be, and define the lives they will lead. They develop the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social skills needed to succeed. They are inspired to acquire the knowledge, explore the truths, and nurture the values that will allow them to lead flourishing lives.

— Darcy, Entered Ridley as a Grade 9 student

“You’re given the opportunity here to really do something great. If you want to take it, it’s there. For me, what’s been different here is the independence. 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. The teachers here also make it a really special place. They’re incredible and having classes with fewer people makes it easy to connect with them.”
The Ridley experience integrates a traditional liberal arts education with individual learning, the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, a learner-driven culture and campus community, and a commitment of service to others. This unique combination creates students who are focused, interested, challenged, and engaged — in the classroom, in athletic competition, and after school.

Ridley students are not afraid to take chances, innovate, and learn from their successes and failures. They are individuals with passion, perseverance and stamina. At Ridley, we call that grit.

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  • Our Approach to Learning

    Our inquiry-based education empowers students to guide their own learning, discover and pursue their passions, while they persevere through challenges. It encourages critical thinking, dialogue, analysis, and immersive exploration of the ideas that will transform our globe. A Ridley education is enhanced by the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework. As part of the framework, the IB learner profile represents 10 attributes, which prepare students to become responsible members of local, national and global communities.  These ten characteristics equip Ridleians to apply the skills they have learned and to address any situation they encounter in their lives. Students come to understand that diverse opinions matter and that others, with their differences, can also be right.
  • A Positive Education

    Our individualized approach to learning is enhanced by evidence-based research in positive psychology, Visible WellbeingTM and the principles of the PERMA-V model, which lay the foundation for a flourishing life
    Based on this science, Ridley equips students to deal with the daily demands of life and learning by creating an environment that:

    •Generates positive emotions
    •Practices mindfulness
    •Builds on character strengths not deficits
    •Models grit and resilience
    •Nurtures positive relationships
    •Encourages goal setting and accomplishments
    •Fuels our vitality

    Reference: Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, Professor Lea Waters (PhD).
  • A Community Experience

    Ridley College’s co-educational boarding and day school experience fosters individual development. Our Lower School offers Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 classes and junior boarding beginning in Grade 5. The Upper School consists of Grade 9 to 12, with a post-graduate option. All students are part of a wider community that includes their peers, faculty, and staff.
  • A Global Perspective

    The Ridley community is built on boarding school traditions from Great Britain, the United States, and Canada and shaped by Canadian values. But it is enhanced by a global perspective provided by students from over 65 countries.
    Our belief in the importance of a world view to a flourishing life has been part of our genetic makeup for decades. It is the foundation of a campus culture that embraces diversity to expose students to ideas and approaches to life that they cannot get anywhere else. As an IB World School, we practice that belief by teaching the social literacy and competency students need to be leaders in a global community.
  • A Professional Learning Culture

    We also strive to continuously improve our community and enhance the Ridley experience.
    Our teachers and leaders are continually enrolled in professional development that enables them to understand and apply the science behind learning. Beyond training, we devote time in our calendars for faculty collaboration, which creates reflective practitioners who are committed to working together to help students learn and thrive.
  • A Home to Be Proud Of

    Our community experience is enhanced by the Ridley campus. From its grand entrance to its sweeping playing fields and the stately architecture of its 10 boarding houses, Ridley’s historic, 90-acre campus offers an idyllic setting for its learner-centred culture and campus community. Students live, learn, and play against a backdrop of mature trees nestled in the heart of the Niagara region.
  • A World of Possibilities After Graduation

    Ridley is a Canadian school of the world, preparing students for the world. Armed with an international education, our graduates explore and matriculate to the most prestigious universities around the globe, including:

    •Cornell University
    •Harvard University
    •Johns Hopkins University
    •McGill University
    •Princeton University
    •University of Cambridge
    •University of Edinburgh
    •University of Hong Kong
    •University of Oxford
    •University of Pennsylvania
    •University of St. Andrews
    •University of Toronto
    •Yale University

    To prepare for the journey, students are supported by the expertise and international experience of our Guidance and University Counselling team. Counsellors begin working with students in Grade 9 and provide a personalized plan that helps senior students find the best fit for a post-Ridley education.

—Chibuzo, Entered Ridley as a Grade 10 student

“I have teachers who love what they do, and as a result I’m inspired to do well. Ridley really fits me because I have lots of options, so there is always something that appeals to my personality and likes. Because of this school I now have friends from all over the world who I can visit. I would probably never get that at a regular high school. I think that also makes me more prepared for university and the diversity I will encounter there.”
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.