Ashbury College is an independent day and boardingschool located in Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa, Canada. It was founded in 1891 and moved to its current venue in 1910. Previously, it occupied what now houses Canadian Senate offices. It is an International Baccalaureate World School, a member of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools, and a member of Round Square. The school currently enrolls approximately 500 senior (grades 9-12) and 150 junior (grades 4-8) students. The current headmaster is Tam Matthews, with Brian Storosko directing the Junior School. The Senior School has three Assistant Headmasters: Daily Life, Peter Ostrom; Academics, Malcolm Mousseau; Planning and Technology, Tim Putt.
Ashbury College is an independent private school which offers a joint Ontario High School Diploma and Ashbury College Diploma, as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma and International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma. Originally a single-gender boys school, Ashbury began accepting girls in 1982. Currently, the male/female student proportion of the Senior School is 55%/45%, but is becoming increasingly equal. The campus is 12 acres (48,562.277 m2) in Rockcliffe Park. Tuition fees for the 2009-2010 school year are $18,250 for day students and $42,250 for boarding students. There are about 80 boarders yearly from approximately 30 countries throughout the world.
Ashbury College offers the International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma program and has a university placement rate of 100% for the past ten years. Graduates often matriculate to colleges and universities in Canada, the USA, and around the globe. For a number of years, the students of the graduating class have received 100% university placement. Recent graduates have matriculated to University of Toronto, McGill University, Queen’s University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge, King’s College London, University of Oxford, Johns Hopkins University, University of St. Andrew’s, Duke University, Wake Forest University, Dartmouth College, Brown University, Cornell University, Georgetown University, New York University, University of Western Ontario, Bishop’s University, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Vermont, University of Virginia and the University of Chicago.
The average SAT score from Ashbury College is 1338/1600, (1998/2400) or in the 90th percentile of all test takers. Further, the average IB Diploma score is 33, 4 points of the global average of 29. Eighty-two percent of students were admitted to their first choice university For the Class of 2010, the most popular university choice was McGill University (26 students), followed by Queen’s University (19 students), and then the University of Toronto (13 students).
Ashbury College is a member of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Ottawa Independent Schools Athletic Association (OISAA), the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic Intermediate Athletic Association (OCCIAA), the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association (NCSSAA) and the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA). Ashbury is recognized for its strong athletics program. In 2010, the senior boys varsity basketball team won the Ontario provincial championship (OFSAA) for the first time by defeating Ridley College while the senior boys varsity hockey team also won the Ontario provincial championships over St. Charles College. Senior girls basketball won provincial titles in 2003 and 2007, while Women’s Rugby has won the provincial championships three times (2002, 2003, 2007).
Notable alumni include The Rt. HonourableJohn Turner, Canada’s seventeenth Prime Minister; and The Honorable Stockwell Burt Day, Jr., the first leader of the now defunct Canadian Alliance, who later served as the Federal Minister of International Trade and President of the Treasury Board in the Stephen Harper government. Other alumni include Ben Barry ’01, founder of the modeling agency Ben Barry Agency Inc.; Canadian war artist and heraldry expert Alan Beddoe, actor Matthew Perry; and Adrian Harewood, current host of television show “CBC News: Late Night” in Ottawa, who graduated as the School Captain in 1989.
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