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Ridley College

Excellent school facilities, good nationality mix
Address: 2 Ridley Road, St Catharines, ON L2R 7C3, Canada
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Description Ridley College

  • Year of foundation: 1889
  • Location: St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Age of students: 11-18 years
  • Type of education: mixed
  • Number of students: 600, 20% are foreign students
  • Programs: High School, High School Program (with AP courses), Academic English, IB
  • Accommodation: residence
  • The cost of studying: from 19200 CAD per term with accommodation
  • Ranking: the school is included in TOP-50 boarding schools in Canada.

Ridley College near Lake Ontario is one of Canada's most prestigious schools. It is located in a picturesque place in Ontario. From Ridley College not far from Toronto (just over an hour drive), there are the American city of Buffalo in New York State, Niagara Falls.

The private school covers an area of 36 acres. The campus includes educational, residential complexes, sports infrastructure, recreation areas. At the boarding school for a comfortable living and studying there is everything you need. There are strong moral principles, academic traditions. The school is proud of its famous graduates. The college was completed by the first Canadian pilot and the famous aviator-engineer Frederic Baldwin, professor of medicine JI Bell, nominee for Oscar Hume Cronin, and many others.

Education in the college is based on traditional principles for the Canadian educational system. In secondary school, this is forming of future development foundations. In the eldest - the disclosure of the potential of students, giving them maximum opportunities for academic growth, creative, physical development. Standard programs are supplemented with the necessary disciplines in the 21st century. In particular, in high school students study computer technology, design, business, and other subjects. Ridley College is one of those boarding schools that are known for their high level of academic preparation. Almost 100% of the graduates of the educational institution enter prestigious universities in Canada and the United States. 

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Ridley College

Program name
from 70 750 $CAD / year

In Ridley College children can enroll from 11 years. Studies in the middle classes are conducted under the state program of the province of Ontario. After the completion of the secondary school, the official Ontario Diploma will be issued. The level of development in the school of academic disciplines meets the pre-university studying and is suitable for admission to universities in Canada, the United States of Europe.

Mathematics, French, art and design, English (academic or foreign), history, physical culture, music, geography and the natural-science complex are studied at the Canadian school.

from 70 750 $CAD / year

In high school (9-12 grades) pupils undergo the same subjects, but the list increases due to special creative courses (theater, music and visual arts). The college introduces a compulsory study of the history and geography of Canada, increases the academic burden on languages ​​and natural subjects.

The passage of subjects at the Advanced Placement level (AP) will allow, after receiving the final diploma, to apply to the universities of the USA and Canada. AR Courses is distinguished by the increased intensity and complexity, this program is called preliminary admission to the university.

Examinations of AR are taken into account in higher education institutions, so schoolchildren can choose from subjects those that they will study in higher education. The choice of Advanced Placement includes:

  • Math;
  • Foreign languages;
  • Physics;
  • Economics;
  • English;
  • Design and music;
  • Biology;
  • Geography;
  • History;
  • Chemistry.
from 70 750 $CAD / year

In 11-12 grades, students can choose a sophisticated program that provides an international IB Diploma together with a secondary school diploma (Ontario Diploma). Of the six subjects, half of the students go through in-depth study, three subjects - with the standard intensity. As part of the program, students write an analytical essay (Extended Essay) for 4,000 words.

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from 5 100 $CAD / 4 weeks

For international students, Ridley College offers a special English language program (ESL) that allows you to quickly master the conversational and academic level. The program for foreign students makes it possible to engage in 5-10 classmates in a group and lasts for one academic year.

To study English as a non-native (foreign) college, students check the degree of language proficiency in a telephone interview. After enrolling and coming to school, students write standard tests and confirm their knowledge. The choice of the complexity group depends on the results. ESL is an optional discipline and is included in the list of extra paid.

Accommodation, housing and food

There are 11 residences on the campus of the Ridley College. In each, an average of 35 children live. Girls and boys live separately. Rooms are accommodated for 2 people. For each one there is a sleeping, studying place, wardrobe furniture. Shower rooms are located on the floors of the residences. In each building there are kitchens, laundries (with drying machines). There are also rest rooms. The residence offers children free wireless internet.

Meals are organized on the full board basis. The school canteen prepares healthy, varied dishes. In addition, vegetarian, diet food is provided.

Subjects, specialties, faculties and sport

Subjects list : algebra, applied Science, art, Art and design, biology, business, chemistry, civil position, computer techologies, drama, economics, English, English literature, extended essay, Financial accounting, French, geography, Geography of canada, Geometry, healthy lifestyle, history, History of canada, Jazz band, Latin language, Management of energy resources, Materials Science, maths, music, musical art, philosophy, physical Culture, physics, sociology, theater, World literature,  Creative writing,  History of america
Events list: badminton, basketball, Chamber orchestra, Circle of singing, curling, Dramatic circle, Duke of Edinburgh prize, fencing, field hockey, fitness, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, rowing, rugby, sailing, softball, sport competitions, Sports running, Squash, swimming, tennis, Theatrical arts, volleyball, yoga


  • The quality of education, a large number of opportunities for creative development.
  • Particular attention to sport. Sports infrastructure of the school practically does not restrict students in choosing the direction of physical development.
  • Cadet Corps. All students of the boarding school are members of Canada's largest cadet community. Compliance with disciplinary standards, participation in joint activities is mandatory for students.
  • Specificity of the educational process. In the educational institution students are taught to learn. This valuable skill brings many benefits later in the university. In addition, the boarding school pays special attention to the development of leadership qualities, analytical thinking, creating motivation for high achievements.
  • Technological infrastructure. The students of the boarding school are provided with computer equipment, that students use to carry out tasks of teachers, to prepare projects.

Equipment Ridley College

The school classes of the boarding school are equipped with everything you need: from materials to interactive techniques. Modern equipment is placed in the library, music halls, dance class, scientific laboratories, studios for art. The sports infrastructure of the boarding school is also on top. For children there are tennis courts, squash, swimming pool, gymnasium. On the playing fields and platforms of Ridley College, students are offered:

  • Badminton;
  • Volleyball;
  • Hockey;
  • American football.

Also in the school there are sections of rowing, snowboarding, soccer, skiing.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Parents of students entering the Ridley College should pay an additional fee for:

  • The deposit;
  • Registration;
  • Health insurance.

To pay for their studies are added a small amount for supervision and school supplies. As in many other Canadian colleges, flights and transfers are paid separately.

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 3000 CAD
  • Medical insurance 900 CAD
  • Study materials 500 CAD
  • Pocket money 300 CAD

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

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Ridley College reviews

In the past years, my son and I thought about his future. Long reflections have led us to you. Your managers offered us the option of Ridley college, introduced us to calvin ridley college stats and conducted a small remote excursion to the educational institution)). We were given much more information than we originally expected to receive, but this is only +!
Thanks, for your reply!
During our cooperation, the company has established itself as a reliable, responsible and timely fulfilling its obligations. Our goal was to enter Ridley college. We were informed about ridley college tuition, the main aspects of admission, fees and all the important things. We didn’t immediately think we would take an interest in the leisure time of children at school, but your girls informed us themselves.
Thanks, for your reply!
I am an international student who wants to apply to grade 12 for this fall; is that possible?
Good afternoon! Please write to if you are interested in the program for the fall 2021. Thank you.
Anna R.

We have long wanted to send a child to study abroad, but there were a lot of doubts. Smapse helped to make the choice. Our relatives have long lived in Canada, in the province of Ontario, therefore the idea to go to study in Canada appeared to be successful. Flour choice of school - and now the son is the second year he studies at Ridley College.

In fact, the first thing I want to note is that the educational agents were not at all greedy grabbers as they are represented. Believe me, it will be VERY hard for you to understand such a sea of ​​information, and you do not want to lose money and time, of course, plus the comfort of your own child is not the last thing. We are glad that we found Smapse - our work was productive and comfortable, still keeps in touch with our manager Egor.

The school is wonderful. When they began to view the options, in principle they realized that there are many excellent schools in Ontario and Canada as a whole - but it would seem that the country is not as popular as England or the USA. A large and beautiful area, lots of greenery, beautiful houses and buildings in general - well, everything as in the picture, expectations from advertising booklets and prospects were confirmed. Ridley College is considered a fairly large boarding school. The son quickly made new friends from abroad, there are a lot of foreign students at the school. The attitude of the guys and teachers is very good, it's nice that no politics affects children and adolescents. There is a wide range of circles at the school - and sports, music, and creative studios are different - often conduct excursions and recreational activities (Dan especially like trips to nature - Canada is a very beautiful country!).

In general, we are very pleased: everything was done correctly, on time.

Good afternoon, Anna. Thank you very much for your kind feedback. Very nice! Always with you, the Smapse Education team.
Oleg Kanakov

Studying in Canada was my father's idea - there are a lot of Canadian specialists in his company, and he likes this country. He says that Canadians are excellent specialists.

We contacted SMAPSE, where consultants picked up the school and advised us on the course. It's nice that there are really professionals working here who listen to what you need, not what they need to promote. Ridley College was chosen for its excellent reviews and location: it is located in Ontario, the most beautiful and large province of the country. On weekends we spend time in nature or go to the cinema in the city, we go on excursions, a lot of restaurants of different national dishes - Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Turkish, whatever you want!

I studied IB program: it is a course of preparation for the university. IB is accepted all over the world, so I can choose a university in any country. The course is interesting, but quite complex. You are involved in the work, constantly do it yourself, go to consultations with teachers. But the longer I study, the more I am confident that all the work and expenses will pay off completely during the time of studying at the university.

Oleg, good afternoon! Thank you very much for your feedback. Very nice! We're glad you enjoy college. We wish you continued success in your studies!
Arkady Wright, son Daniel, Ridley College

This year I sent his son to study in Canada. Ridley College chose on the recommendation of a friend. My son attends additional classes in English to keep up with peers.

Most worried about the residence - the son was not even in the camp. But in vain, in the hostel, he quickly mastered, thanks to the teachers of the college. I express special gratitude to SMAPSE team for organizing the study of my son in Canada and my recent visit to him with a parental check.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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