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

Kindergarten Applications for 2018-2019 Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for Junior and Senior Kindergarten placements.  Please contact our Registrar, Joyce Walker-Steed, to schedule  an appointment. She will be pleased to meet with you, share information about our Kindergarten Program and give you a tour of our wonderful facilities.

Senior Girls Score a Win

Our Senior Girls Basketball team won the prestigious Montreal Independent School Tournament in January 2018. It is the second time Turnbull School has won this competitive tournament in 20 years of participating in the event. Congratulations Tornadoes.

Turnbull Concert Band earns Silver at Nationals

The Turnbull School Concert Band continued their year of excellent performances at MusicFest Canada 2017 Nationals. The Band students, their director, Sheri Harrington and Principal Clinch traveled to Niagara Falls the week of May 15th where the band followed up their Regional Gold Award with a National Silver Award.

2017 Ottawa Regional Science Fair

The ten senior students who represented Turnbull School at the ORSF did an excellent job, enjoyed their experience and earned several awards. Congratulations to all of our students who took part in this exciting event. The following is a list of our results at this year’s ORSF:

Interdisciplinary Award Winners
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First Place
Simulated Annealing – Ian Lindsay

Second Place
Healthy Gum? – Hamza Abu Alkhair
Analyzing Alzheimer’s Using Artificial Neural Networks – Noah Bennell
The Power in Your Pipes – Nicholas Davis

Third Place
Thermoelectric Generation – Will It Light Her Up? – Cameron Bastodkar

Honourable Mention
Geothermal Power…for Clean Energy – Vardon Deroché
Garuda: State of the Art System for Early Detection of Child Abduction and Wandering – Raghav Srinivasan

Special Award: RCMP Forensic Science and Identification Services Award
Garuda: State of the Art System for Early Detection of Child Abduction and Wandering – Raghav Srinivasan

Turnbull Concert Band earns Gold at Regionals

2017 MusicFest Regionals Gold band 300W

The Turnbull School Concert Band, under the direction of Ms. Sheri Harrington, earned the Gold Standard of Performance at the Regional MusicFest here in Ottawa on Saturday, February 25th. For the fourth year in a row, this excellent result was achieved due to the enthusiasm, dedication and talent of all Band members