world prep Upper School
A tradition, a school, a ticket to the world
What does it mean to be a world prep school? Yes, it means being prepared for the best universities in the world. But it means more.
It means being connected forever by school ties that stretch all over the world. It means having
the knowledge and ability you need to step into any world you choose â€” worlds of ideas, worlds of opportunity, worlds you and your generation will create.
It means having one of the most exciting and enjoyable school experiences that can be found anywhere in . . . you guessed it . . . the world.
Welcome to more than university prep.
Personalized Prep We think education is massively personal ... not something mass-produced. We also think school should contain many of the happiest days of your life. Creating a personally extraordinary school experience is a collaborative endeavour between student and school. Each student steps up to engage in the tremendous opportunity of Ridley in his or her own way. We invite you to ask yourself what difference a Ridley education could make in your life? How could your Ridley experience be unique to you? How would it fit you and your goals and dreams? Here is the way some current Ridleians answer those questions.
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“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.”
Darcy Browne Merritt South
Hometown: Toronto, ON Grade 12 Entered Ridley as a Grade 9 student Darcy is a School Prefect, plays first team ice hockey, and has a brother, Cameron, who is a Ridley graduate.
Sidney Hutton Dean’s House
“From the discipline I’ve gained to do my work and not procrastinate to expanding my views on different nations and cultures to getting to do so many different sports and activities, I feel a sense of privilege that I get to go here. This experience will make a difference in my life in many ways.”
Hometown: St. Catharines, ON Grade 9 Entered Ridley as a Grade 7 student Sidney plays first team ice hockey and has a brother, Jeremy, in Grade 12.
risa ishida Gooderham East
“My Ridley education means a lot more to me than just academics. I especially love the strong bond between Ridleians. The traditions, the Houses, activities like House sports, camping in September, and Snake Dance all rely on great teamwork to achieve a successful goal. That makes us close. The importance of teamwork is also something I will always remember as I go forward in my life.” — Risa
Hometown: Nisshin, Japan PG student Entered Ridley as a Grade 10 student Risa has participated in Sport for Life ultimate Frisbee and field House sports. She has a brother, Shunichiro, who is a Ridley graduate.
The Osakwe Sisters “You realize how you’re part of something big — a tradition. But also because of the diversity here and so many activities and courses for all different types of people, everyone can fit in well.” — Chi
chibuzo, ijeoma & chinekwu Leonard House
“Ridley is my second home. It has helped me come out of my comfort zone and try awesome new things like hockey. If five years ago someone told me that I was going to be on the hockey team, I probably would have laughed. I appreciate it though. Without Ridley, I would still be doing the same old things that I’ve been doing forever and I would have no idea about the opportunities I’d be missing. I participate in sports and activities that I like, and classes that I love. I’ve basically customized my experience to fit my needs.”
“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.”
Hometown: Jenkintown, PA Chibuzo (“Chibby”) and Ijeoma (“EJ”) are twin sisters in Grade 11, who entered Ridley in Grade 10. Chibby is an Admission Assistant and plays first team volleyball. EJ has played in Sport for Life tennis and second team ice hockey. Chinekwu (“Chi”) is in Grade 9. This is her first year. Chi has played second team field hockey and ice hockey.
The Hinestrosa Siblings
Juan & Mariana Gooderham East (M) Merritt South (J)
“Applying to universities made me realize that education is the most important thing now that the competition in the real world is big. A good education will determine if I work as a CEO or just a regular employee. Before I came here I did not know how to study on my own. Everything I needed to know I memorized. Once I came to Ridley I learned to understand the subjects and learned how to teach myself. Ridley has not only prepared me academically, but made me more mature. Before coming here, I didn’t know how to fly alone. I didn’t know how to make a bed or how to do laundry. These are basic little things that Ridley has you do that makes a person more mature and prepares them for the real world. I also like the fact that Ridley lets you pursue what you like and what you want to be. I’ve learned how to fly airplanes, scuba dive, play rugby and be part of a team here. I’ve also become a school leader as a Prefect last year and a House Captain this year.”
“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.”
— Juan Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela Juan is a PG student, who entered Ridley in Grade 10. He was a School Prefect during his senior year and is now a House Captain. He has played second team soccer. Mariana is a Grade 11 student, who entered Ridley in Grade 10. She has played first team field hockey.
Megan deleon Mandeville House
“Ridley has fuelled my ambitions to make a difference in the world. The support group behind me — my Housemaster, advisor, teachers and coaches — has taught me that I can do anything I want if I am prepared to work hard enough for it. Having to juggle a heavy academic workload, competitive sport and community service has honed my organizational skills and prepared me for life beyond the classroom.” —Megan
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica Grade 11 Entered Ridley as a Grade 10 student Megan is a competitive swimming medalist and participates in rowing.
Future Prep A lasting depth of knowledge and interconnection of ideas with a world perspective in an age with new and increasingly unfiltered sources â€” we are looking ahead to
the abilities, skills and talents you need not only now but in the future. We emphasize outcome-based learning, in which teachers teach students how to take charge of their own learning. We think developing balanced happy people who have a firm academic foundation and can see things from a wide and varied perspective has never been more essential.
Global Academics Ridley is a genuine blend of respect for its great traditions and for the best of modern progression. Founded in 1889, Ridley is a school of the world that prepares students for the world. We have forged a global identity among independent schools by bringing together influences from Great Britain, the United States, our own prestigious Canadian heritage and a multinational student body and faculty.
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The Ridley Upper School curriculum builds on the internationally recognized Ontario Curriculum, offers over a dozen Advanced Placement courses and an astounding breadth of courses in each of its academic departments. A student’s success is the school’s success. Each student has an individualized academic plan that navigates him or her through this exceptional programme to university. As you progress from grade to grade you have an increasing number of choices — ultimately, more than 100 courses from which to choose. With so many course choices, you are assured of getting the appropriate, challenging courses you want.
• Computer and Business Studies • Dramatic Arts • English • Geography • Health and Physical Education • History and Social Studies • Classical and International Languages (French, German, Latin, Mandarin and Spanish) • Mathematics • Music • Science • Visual Art and Technological Design
Accomplished Prep Beyond the ambition and challenge of the academic programme is the diversity of co-curricular areas in which this school will push you to push yourself. You
will learn to develop the skills you want from
filmmaking to debating to violin playing. You will learn to lead and inspire your peers as a teammate, School Prefect or Chapel speaker. You will learn to commit your time and talent in service to your school, your community at home and those in the world who need your help. It’s a life that is exhilarating and rewarding. It’s a life that will lead you to become the person you most want to be.
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Global Co-Curriculars Ridley’s co-curricular programme truly is global in that it qualifies for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which gives students international accreditation for their accomplishments in community service, personal development, athletics and outdoor adventure. In addition to our competitive athletics programme and performing arts programme, activities are divided into
areas of skills, service, recreation and expeditions. Students have requirements in each area. The driving idea behind our programme is to give you abundant choices to pursue your interests and to help you grow in many ways. We want you to graduate from Ridley with the personal and citizenship skills you need to succeed in and contribute to the world.
Admission Assistants, Student Escorts, Tour Guides
Boys Hockey (3 levels)
Alzheimers (volunteering with seniors)
Deconstructing and Reconstructing Fashion
Basketball (3 levels)
Squash (2 levels)
Art Monitors (art studio care)
Rugby (2 levels)
Athletic Monitors (athletic centre care)
Athletic Therapy Clinic
Bethlehem Place (volunteering with children)
Big Bunch (Big Brother/Sister programme)
Soccer (4 levels)
Tennis (2 levels)
Girls Basketball (2 levels) Field Hockey (3 levels) Swimming Squash Hockey (2 levels) Volleyball (2 levels) Gymnastics Dance
Biomonitors (bio lab care) Burgoyne House Counsellor Campus Watch Community Care (food bank) Grad Committee Green Tiger (environmental) House Captains Library Assistants Library Monitors (library care)
Music Monitors (music studio care)
Harriers (Cross Country – 2 levels)
Officer and NCO Training
Swimming (2 levels)
Servers Club (assisting Chaplain)
Track and Field
Filmmakers International Cooking Club Jazz Band (2 levels) Learn to Knit Martial Arts Math Contest Club Meditation Origami Orchestra Origin (mathematics publication) Outdoor Club Politics Club Private Pilot Ground School Pursuit of Excellence in Music Ridley Singers School Reach (interscholastic academic competition) Science Club
Acta Ridleiana (yearbook)
Sixty Minutes (campus issues discussion)
Outdoor adventure, dog sledding, leadership and team building skills (Training, Bronze, Silver, Gold levels)
Art in Public Spaces
Athletic Therapy Clinic
SOMA Conference (Model UN)
Cadet Green Star Programme
Tiger Tribune (newspaper)
Open Water Scuba Certification
Cappies (Theater and journalism students are trained as critics)
Theatre Fall and Winter play and musical productions
Life Prep Parents often say what they want most for their kids is for them to be happy. So what makes you and your friends happy? The answers might surprise you. An MTV/Associated Press poll found that close connections with friends and family are key. Experts on teen development also say it’s not only connections with people who care but also developing capability and confidence that will lead to happiness as a teen and into adulthood. A Ridley education is designed to give you all three: A close community of friends and mentors that feels like one big family. Every imaginable opportunity to develop your capabilities in big and little ways from directing a play to doing your own laundry. The confidence that comes with sometimes succeeding and sometimes not, but always learning from the experience.
Community, Capability, Confidence is the essence of Ridley’s 24/7 life.
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Talk about community, capability and confidence — you will develop an abundance of all three through our distinctive house system (Make sure you’ve received your copy of The Houses of Ridley: An Insider’s Guide for Day and Boarding Students). If you think of Ridley as a country, our nine Upper School Houses are the villages within it. Each House has its own personality driven by its community of closely-knit students and Housemaster. Houses give students the opportunity to shine in their own ways. They grow in independence and have a great sense of satisfaction as they develop their particular skills and talents. Through their House students become “local heroes” by helping to run their House, leading service projects, excelling in House competitions, mentoring younger students, performing in House arts events and representing their House schoolwide.
The Houses of Ridley Girls Gooderham House East Gooderham House West Leonard House Mandeville House Boys Arthur Bishop House East Arthur Bishop House West Dean’s House Merritt House North Merritt House South Junior Boarding Burgoyne House
terar dum prosim Words We Live By Using your time, talents and energy to help others is a surefire way to develop a healthy sense of connection to others and of your own abilities. Our motto is Terar Dum Prosim (May I Be Consumed In Service). We view service as a key element of Ridleian leadership that we want all students to develop. Such service and leadership start by belonging to our global community, which requires students to stretch. Ridley is a 24/7 school that emphasizes life in a way that canâ€™t happen at day schools. Whether you are a day or boarding student, the experience is all encompassing. (Itâ€™s almost impossible to tell the difference because all students are so engaged in activities and House life.) Friendships are deeper. Learning is more intense. You rub shoulders with students whose lives and backgrounds may be very different from your own. Your world opens up and you find yourself more knowledgeable, more giving, more respectful, more ready to contribute. Being consumed in service is about realizing oneâ€™s connection to others and having the confidence and the competence to act on that connection.
Next-Step Prep Ridley prepares students from over 30 countries to succeed in the colleges and universities of their choice. Many of our faculty members have taught in schools around the world. They understand school systems from many countries and what it means to prepare you for a seamless transition to life and learning anywhere in the world. Our graduates
attend some of the most selective colleges and universities around the globe.
Art Institute of Chicago
Notre Dame University
Carnegie Mellon University
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of Edinburgh
University of Hong Kong
Imperial College, London
University of Pennsylvania
Kingâ€™s College, London
University of St. Andrews
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo
New York University
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Lasting Prep Joining Ridley is about so much more than being a member of a school.
It means being part of a community that links you together for life. For well over a century
Ridley has shaped the lives and futures of graduates around the globe. Ridleians feel a pride of connection that begins in our history and traditions. They feel a sense of community, having shared life and learning together on this extraordinary campus. They feel a kinship with remarkable people â€” a worldwide Ridley family of students, alumni, faculty and parents.
Number of Ridley College Alumni Around the World
1-10 11-100 101-500
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A Special Message for Parents From Headmaster Jonathan Leigh Can a school change who a student is, who he or she will become and where that student will go in life? I tell you with absolute certainty that Ridley can. I talk to prospective parents all over the world. On their minds is quality, value, their children’s happiness and success, and their own ability to provide an opportunity like Ridley for their children. Interestingly, the things I say to help families understand what makes Ridley such an advantage are the things our students say. The fact that our students so readily recognize the impact Ridley has on their lives and futures indicates the power of the education and experience here. Ease in a global society. The first thing most Ridley students will tell you about this school is how remarkable it is to live and learn with students from over 30 countries. They understand the significance and privilege of having friends from all over the world. These teens recognize how their global school has changed the way they think about the world as a whole, other countries and cultures, and their ability to navigate and thrive in a global society. They already understand the advantage this experience will have when they go to university and throughout their careers. In charge of their lives and goals. We all want our children to make right choices. They need practice in order to make wise decisions. Ridley gives students a vast array of choices in classes and activities but we don’t do it passively. We require students to engage in academics, in teamwork, in House life, in service. We immerse them in a complete 24/7 school world including a full Saturday programme that includes classes, sports and social activities. Boarding and day students thrive in having the consistency of their friends, teachers, mentors and coaches seven days a week. They learn how to take charge of their lives and goals. They learn how to participate. They discover what they care about. They discover that abundant choices are a responsibility. They learn to balance enjoyment and challenge in order to make the most of their opportunities.
Independence and confidence in their own abilities. As a parent there is nothing so rewarding as witnessing one’s child grow into a capable, confident and responsible young person. Everything about Ridley is designed to allow students to make that metamorphosis. Our students see it in themselves and their friends. They know having teachers who really care about them and their success has pushed them to greater heights. They understand that being part of a House has taught them the value of community and teamwork and has made them more giving, patient, helpful people. As they take pride in their independence they also have a deeper appreciation for their families, their own backgrounds, and all that their families have taught them and done for them. Set to succeed. Students understand that Ridley gives them a certain kind of ticket to success. They know that by coming to Ridley they have been given the best possible chance to achieve what they want in life. Our alumni body — where they go to university and what they accomplish in life — bears this out. Beyond our own proofs is research in general about the stunning advantage boarding school gives students. Boarding school graduates report a more challenging academic experience and better preparation academically and socially for university. They also rise to greater career heights faster and in greater numbers than their non-boarding peers. In considering the gift of a Ridley education for your child, be assured that he or she will value and treasure it. And so will you. Ridley is a gift for a lifetime — a legacy belonging to each student who comes here. If you would like your children to spend their formative years at Ridley, discovering all that they are capable of, we will do everything we can to help you bring them here. I hope you visit us soon. I look forward to meeting you.
Jonathan Leigh Headmaster
Parent to Parent “Our son Colin entered in Grade 9 two years ago and has flourished. Confident, happy, actively involved in all aspects of the school programme — he is a different boy than he was before he came here. He can’t wait to come to school each day. During the summer he asks his dad to ‘just drive by’ so he can look at Ridley. Now his sister is applying.” Grace Ridley Mother
“What strikes home with me is the international aspect of Ridley, the opportunity to meet people from all over the world who have had an amazing variety of experiences that they can bring to not only the classroom, but to the personal lives of our children, the opportunities to develop lifelong relationships with these people. In a global world it’s a wonderful advantage.”
Boarding School Facts Beyond the distinctive advantages of Ridley, as Canada’s largest original boarding school, we are part of the great boarding tradition. Recent research conducted by the Art & Science Group has found that the benefits of boarding school are significant and extend throughout a student’s life. • Boarders spend more time on extracurricular activities and homework, and less time watching television, than do their nonboarding school peers.
“We are very happy with the care and education our son is receiving at Ridley College. The teachers are excellent and they know how to motivate him. The house experience is very valuable as it helps to develop maturity and independence. With all the activities and companionship available at Ridley there is more time to focus on self development and less time for computer games and television. Our son is doing very well in all his subjects and has all the support that he needs to excel.” Cat Ridley Mother
“Whenever I meet my kids’ Ridley friends, I always think, ‘Gee, if we’re placing our future in these kids’ hands, we’re going to be okay.’” Laurie Ridley Mother
• Significantly greater percentages of boarding school students and alumni report academic satisfaction and academic challenge and feel better prepared for all aspects of university from their academics to social life, time management and readiness for independence. • By mid-career more former boarders in the study had achieved top management positions compared to non-boarders. • Boarding school graduates attribute their independence, adventurousness and love of learning for learning’s sake to their boarding school experience. • Research boils the advantages of boarding school down to five things: academic promise, learning to lead, 24-hour learning, college ready, getting ahead.
tom Ridley father
“High school? I hated it and so did my husband. My son came home after the first month in Grade 9 at Ridley and said, ‘I love it.’ That’s worth every penny to me because you don’t do anything in life unless you love it. And you will not succeed unless you love it. And he loves it.” KIM RIDLEY MOTHER
“Ridley really prepares them for university. My daughter has been taught since Grade 5 here, and she’s just excelling and wants to excel. When she moves ahead she knows where she needs to be, and what she needs to do to make her better. I love this school.” GAIL RIDLEY MOTHER
“You need good education and good morals — a whole rounded type of education — not only good academics, but sports, arts, values. Those all play an important role into creating a child who is going to succeed in the world today. Ultimately it also means getting accepted into the best universities in the world because they’re well-equipped. Knowing down the road that my kids have gotten the best education I could possibly offer them is what’s important to me.” James Ridley Father
Students: 342 boys 265 girls
At A Glance
Headmaster: Jonathan Leigh, M.A. Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University Eton College ...and Lucy, his black lab who also lives on campus
Anglican Junior Kindergarten through Post-Graduate Year boarding and day school
Location: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada (Niagara region)
Lake Ontario Burlington Newfane
ONTARIO, CANADA Welland
NEW YORK, USA North Tonawanda
Average Class Size Lake Erie
Faculty Members 34% with advanced degrees
Motto: Terar Dum Prosim — May I Be Consumed In Service
British-style Residential House System: Ten residences; Upper School day students are assigned a House where they have study and storage space
Complete athletics programme including hockey, basketball, soccer, volleyball and more
Lower School (JK-8): 139 (23% Junior Boarding Grades 5-8)
Separate section of campus for Lower School grades JK-8 with library and dining hall, art studio and design and technology workshop • Theatres: Two (Mandeville Theatre and Ross Morrow Theatre) • Visual Arts: Darkroom, sculpting studio, drawing room with natural lighting • Athletics: New arena and field house – completed 2010 •
“Doors have been opened that would never have been opened for my children. Opportunity. Confidence. That’s huge when they go out into the bigger world. Each year as they move ahead, they know where they need to be. They want to excel and they do. I love this school.” Dale
107 Acre contiguous historic campus with state-of-theart academic, arts, athletics and living spaces
Upper School Upper School (Grade 9-12): 468 (77% Boarding)
30% Students Receiving Aid: 30% Financial Aid: $2.7 Million
Boarders Day Boarders: 347 • Day Students: 260
Ridley College Cadet Corps: largest coed Cadet Corps in Canada
Two theatre productions per year and other, smaller dramatic productions
International Students (34% of total enrollment)
172 Core Values: • Integrity • Knowledge • Respect For Community •P ersonal Growth Through Perseverance
Leadership opportunities including Duke of Edinburgh Award, Prefects, House Captains, House Councils, Burgoyne House Counsellor
Advanced Placement exams in 2008
ON Ontario Academic Curriculum
Students are encouraged to play three terms of competitive sports
Swimming pool, two gymnasiums, fitness room, sports therapy clinic, five tennis courts • Classrooms are SMART Board equipped • Wireless campus • Two Dining Halls • Libraries: Two (McLaughlin Resource Centre and Matthews Library) • Outdoor Education Centre – BOERC – located in Vineland, ON
Visit Ridley Call us to arrange a visit that can be tailored to your interests. We look forward to meeting you on campus in the near future. Ridley College P.O. Box 3013 2 Ridley Road St. Catharines, ON L2R 7C3 Canada (905) 684-1889
Turnaround Marketing Communications Text: Andrea Jarrell Photography: Michael Branscom
A LEGACY THATâ€™S YOURS. To graduate from Ridley is to have the keys to knowledge in your pocket, true friends by your side, a ticket to the world in your hand and the resources of a legacy at your back as you move forward in life.
P.O. Box 3013 2 Ridley Road St. Catharines, ON L2R 7C3 Canada (905) 684-1889 www.ridleycollege.com