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Boarding School Advantage – Getting Extra Academic Assistance Outside Regular School Hours

One of the advantages of a boarding school education is that your teachers are with you outside of regular school hours.  Teachers are housemasters, coaches, advisors, duty masters, tutorial leaders etc. and therefore are available during evening study to help with homework.  Ridley College has a study period from 7:15-9:30 p.m. and although this may seem like a drag at times many students I have talked to say it helps them with their study habits and getting homework finished.  Students can work in their room, in the library, music or art rooms or they can go to a tutorial if they need help in a specific class.

Each evening there are tutorials for specific classes. For example, Monday night might be English, Tuesday may be Sciences and Math, Wednesday could be Languages and Thursday may be Arts and Social Sciences – each week a list is posted showing which courses offer tutorials on which night. There is also a Master on Duty at night in the house that can help you with your homework – this person could be a teacher or a residence don, who is a University student or another staff member.  Check out the video below where two students will show you around a typical evening study period:

Ridley College has the largest boarding school programme in Ontario, with graduates attending top universities in Canada, the United States, and around the world. With over 100 different high school courses, 14 different athletic teams, and over 70 clubs and activities, Ridley has much to offer its students from 31 different countries.



Typical Day at a Boarding School – A Day in the Life of a Ridley College student

If you are looking into attending a boarding school, I am sure you have wondered what a typical day would be like? Of course the main difference between a day school and a boarding school is that some of the students sleep on campus.  But what will the classes be like? What will I do after school and what kind of food will I eat? During first term two Ridley College boarding students, Meredith and Madi, volunteered to do a “day in the life” video, I went around to breakfast, lunch and dinner with them, class, after school activities and even to study and asked them to describe what they do on a typical day.  Take a look:

Ridley College is an independent coeducational boarding and day school in St. Catharines, Ontario Canada (about an hour away from Toronto, ON and Buffalo, NY).  Ridley offers JK to Grade 12 with a post-graduate option.  Boarding can begin in Grade 5.  With over 100 different high school courses, 14 different athletic teams and over 70 clubs and activities, Ridley has much to offer its students from over 31 countries.

What Will I Do At Night When I’m Away at Boarding School?

Students in Gooderham West House - One of ten boarding houses at Ridley College

One of the most common questions students have when they are looking into boarding school is, what will I be doing at night? During the day you would expect to be going to class and participating in sports and activities, but when it comes to what you do at night there seems to be some uncertainty.  I’m an MOD (Master on Duty) in Gooderham West House – Home of the Flamingos, which means students sign in with me and let me know where they are going and what they are doing and I check in with them throughout the night to see how their studying is going, so I get to experience what life is like for the boarding students.  The other night I was on duty and I happened to have my video camera with me because I was working on another video project, one of the students – Nat. P decided to take the camera around and see what the students were up to – I think she really captures what a typical night is like in a boarding house, check it out:

Ridley College has the largest boarding program in Ontario with ten boarding houses on campus.  Ridley College offers JK-Grade 12 with a Post-Graduate option and boarding can begin in Grade 5.  With over 100 different high school courses, 14 different athletic teams, and over 70 clubs and activities, Ridley had much to offer its students from 31 different countries.  For more information about boarding at Ridley, click here.