Founded in 1891, Ashbury College is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s leading IB independent schools. By engaging students in wide variety of activities, in dynamic and innovative learning environments, we inspire them to become intellectually vibrant, compassionate and responsible global citizens. Situated on 13-acres in the heart of Ottawa, Ashbury College is a part of the vibrant diplomatic, political and business community in Canada's National Capital Region. We have over 45 countries represented in our student body, encompassing Grades 4 through 12.

Our state-of-the-art residences are home to 100 of the brightest and most engaged young leaders. Boarding life at Ashbury enriches our community with traditions, languages and cultures - a perfect learning ground for international understanding. Further, the International Baccalaureate program and bilingual diplomas enhance diversity and a broader world view.

Our extensive co-curricular programs, including arts, athletics, debating and cultural exchanges, encourage each student to develop strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Our rigorous academic program enhanced by small class sizes, dedicated faculty and innovative technology, prepares students for university entrance. Ashbury graduates are selected to attend the best universities in the country and abroad. In 2013 our 138 graduates won over $2.2 million in university scholarships with 100% acceptance and 83% gaining entrance into their ‘first choice’ program.


Contact: Bruce Mutch
Phone: 613-749-5954
Toll Free: 800-551-0476
Fax: 613-749-9724

Application Deadline: Rolling
Application Fee: $150
International Application Fee: $150


Ashbury College has a robust academic program with 100% university placement. Over 83% of our students gain entrance into the university of their first choice and over $2.2 million is awarded annually in university scholarships. We offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), along with a Bilingual Diploma and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Department Director: Malcolm Mousseau
Average Class Size: 17
Full Time Teachers: 80
Teachers With Advanced Degrees: 100.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8
Saturday Classes: no
Summer Programs Offered: yes

Computer Studies
  • Computer Applications
  • Multimedia
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Web Design
Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Anatomy
  • Animal Behavior
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Health
  • Marine Biology
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology
  • Oceanography
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Sports Medicine
Humanities/Social Sciences
  • Economics
  • Psychology
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Learning Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Writing Center
Special Programs
  • Extensive Exchange Programs Offered
  • Study Abroad
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Personal Finance
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
  • Semester/Year Off-Campus
  • Performing/Visual Arts
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Painting
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Publications
  • Screen-printing
  • Sculpture
  • Silkscreen
  • Stagecraft
  • Theater Arts
  • History of Theater
  • Music Appreciation
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • History of Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • History of Jazz
  • Music History
  • Orchestra
  • Music Theory
Foreign Languages
  • All IB students can access any
    foreign language
  • French
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Honors Math
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Ethics
  • Faith
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Justice
  • World Religions
Distinctive or New Programs
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Bi-lingual diploma
  • Creative Learning Centre (New Construction Phase)

Campus Life

As Canada's national capital city, Ottawa is a vibrant community, offering diverse culture, languages, heritage, and an exceptional quality of life. The Ashbury College campus is set on 13-acres of pristine park space in the heart of Rockcliffe Park, home to many of Canada's diplomatic families.

We believe a small boarding environment of 100 students (50 boys and 50 girls) living in new state of the art residences provides for the ultimate learning, living, care and safety of our boarding students.

There are three universities nearby and Canada's famous outdoor parks, rivers, and ski hills. Students like having the social vitality of the city and healthy outdoor opportunities just minutes from their residence. 

The boarding program is designed to promote: friendships, academic excellence, personal responsibility, citizenship, passion, quality facilities and leadership.

Dorm Life

Department Director: Danielle Mitra
Average Students Per Dorm: 50
No. of Girls Dorms: 1
No. of Boys Dorms: 1
Dress Code Uniform 

Student Life

With students from over 30 countries our campus provides a rich learning ground where day and boarding students mix and learn from each other. Our brand new state-of-the-art residences boast the best boarding facilities in Canada! Each room has its own ensuite bathroom with a maximum of two students per room. All grade 12 students have their own single room with ensuite bathroom.

Dorm Amenities
  • Modern Facilities
  • Game Room
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lounge
  • Wireless Internet
  • Baseball Field(s)
  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Indoor Basketball Court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Football Field
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball Court(s)
Clubs & Organizations
  • We offer over 75 co-curriculars
  • Amnesty International
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Food Council
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Honor Council
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Student Publications
  • Snowboarding
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Theater
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook Yoga

Arts & Athletics

With over 35 sport programs and over 20 art and co-curricular clubs offered, there is something for everyone at Ashbury College.

Arts Department Director: Tamara Doleman
Athletics Department Director: Bryan MacKinnon

Interscholastic Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Power Lifting
  • Rugby
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Crew
  • Curling
  • Dance
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Power Lifting
  • Rugby
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting
  • Choir
  • Art Club
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Drama Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Stage Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Theater

College Info

Ashbury College has had a 100% university placement rate for the last 12 years. Graduates have attended top universities around the world including: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Princeton University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, McGill University, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, Western University, Cambridge University, London School of Economics, Oxford University and more. 

In 2013, 86% of the graduating class received $2.2 million dollars in scholarships.

Department Director: Christine Tordon
Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates: 

Queen's University: 23
University of Toronto: 17
McGill University: 15
University of Waterloo: 5
Dalhousie University: 5
University of Southern California: 2
Cornell University: 1
Boston University: 1

Notable Alumni:

John Turner (class of ) Prime Minister of Canada
Stockwell Day (class of ) Member of Parliament of Canada
Ryan Semple (class of ) 2006/2010 Olympian
Matthew Perry (class of ) Actor
Adrian Harewood (class of ) Anchor, CBC News
Lt. Gen. Guy Simonds (class of ) Chief of Staff, Canadian Army

Summer Programs

Ashbury College's summer school programs will engage and excite you. Ashbury offers interactive courses for high school credit, for skill development and for high school and SAT preparation. We also offer English as a Second Language with onsite residential accommodation. To learn more visit

Department Director: Ross Holman