Turnbull Private Elementary School, Ottawa

Turnbull School

A Private Elementary School in Ottawa

Excellence and Caring since 1992

We are an elementary private school in Ottawa, Ontario, focused on Excellence and Caring. We’ve been enriching education through small class sizes, dedicated teachers, and extra-curricular activities since 1992.

We welcome you to visit and see what makes our learning environment so special.


Read Mary Ann Turnbull’s speech about our Coat of Arms


Ottawa Regional Science Fair
Canada Wide Science Fair

Physical Education and Athletics
PHE Canada (Diamond Award)
CIRA Ontario (Outstanding Intramural Achievement)

Concert Band
Gold Standard of Performance, Regional MusicFest
Gold Standard of Performance, National MusicFest

Ottawa Hospital Inspiration Award
United Way Community Builder Award

Seeds Foundation – Emerald School


Ontario Federation of Independent Schools
PHE Canada
Canadian Intramural Recreation Association, Ontario
OISAA – Ottawa Independent Schools Athletic Association

StudentPlace Ottawa

News and Events

Turnbull at 2016 Canada Wide Science Fair

2016-05-20 CWSF SophieWeider-Bronze IMG_4563 crop 300Wx491IMG_4556 crop 491Hx273Congratulations to the two Grade 8 students from Turnbull School who were invited to participate in the Canada Wide Science Fair, Junior Division, held in Montreal, May 16 to 20, 2016.

Sophie Weider earned a Bronze Medal for her project, Plastic Waters, on the environmental impact of plastic microbeads.

Daniel Jeyaraj earned a Gold Medal for his project, Delay in Fruit Ripening: An Approach to Reduce Ethylene Production in Bananas.

Congratulations, Thomas!

Baxter History 2016 300We congratulate Thomas Baxter, Grade 8 at Turnbull School, on qualifying for the International History Olympiad to be held in Hawaii, July 17 to 24, 2016. Thomas earned this honour by placing third at the National History Bee competition in Toronto, April 29 to 30 and after winning his division at the regional contest of the International History Bee in Ottawa on February 20th. Best of luck in Hawaii, Thomas!

Turnbull Concert Band earns Gold at Nationals

2016-05- Gold at Nationals Concert Band 400x269The Turnbull School Concert Band, under the direction of Ms. Sheri Harrington, earned the Gold Standard of Performance at the National MusicFest here in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 11th. For the third year in a row, this excellent result was achieved due to the enthusiasm, dedication and talent of all Band members.

City proclaims Turnbull-Million Reasons to Celebrate Day

Turnbull-92 400x267Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed April 16, 2016 as Turnbull School – A Million Reasons to Celebrate Day in honour of reaching the million dollar mark in charitable giving. Since 1996, Turnbull has raised funds for charities, such as United Way Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and Help Lesotho. Representatives of these charities joined Turnbull parents and staff on the date to mark this milestone at a wonderful celebration and TOHF fundraiser organized by our Volunteer Parents Committee.

Turnbull at 2016 Ontario Regional Science Fair

ORSF 2016 winners 200x129Ten senior students represented Turnbull School at the ORSF 2016. Each produced an excellent project and presented it well at our school science fair in March and the ORSF in April. Thank you and congratulations to all of our students who took part in this important academic pursuit. Below is a list of our results at this year’s ORSF:

Sophie Weider: Qualified for Canada-Wide Science Fair; first place in the Junior Interdisciplinary Awards; Junior Divisional Award – Environment; Laurentian Chapter of SETAC Award ; ORSF Committee Award – Consumer Products; ORSF Popular Vote Award
Daniel Jeyaraj: Qualified for Canada-Wide Science Fair; first place in the Junior Interdisciplinary Awards; Junior Divisional Award – Discovery
Myles Ma: Second place in the Junior Interdisciplinary Awards
Noah Bennell: Third place in the Junior Interdisciplinary Awards
Raghav Srinivasan: Third place in the Junior Interdisciplinary Awards
Ewan Wai: Third place in the Junior Interdisciplinary Awards; Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering Award
Evelyn Laventure: Ottawa Horticultural Society Award