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
Silver & Gold Standard of Performance, Regional MusicFest
Silver & Gold Standard of Performance, National MusicFest

United Way Community Builder Award
United Way Community Impact Award
Ottawa Hospital Inspiration Award
Ottawa Hospital Spirit of the Run Award

Seeds Foundation – Emerald School


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

News and Events

Applications for 2024 – 2025 Now Being Accepted

Turnbull School is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year for Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 8. To learn more about our school’s engaging and nurturing program, please contact Turnbull School’s Registrar, Rachel Fabich: 613-729-6099, x 212 or rfabich@turnbull.ca.

Concert Band Earns Gold

The Turnbull School Concert Band traveled to Niagara in May to perform at the 2023 National Music Fest where Music Director, Sheri Harrington conducted the ensemble through three selected pieces earning a Gold Standard of Performance Award. A wonderful way to follow up on their achievements at the 2023 Capital Region Music Festival, where they also earned a Gold Standard of Performance and were chosen as this year’s Most Outstanding Concert Band by the adjudication panel!

OISAA Basketball Championships 2023

We are pleased to announce a “clean sweep” for the four Turnbull School basketball teams. The junior boys and girls teams, along with the senior boys and girls teams each won their respective OISAA Championships this year. The senior girls team also won the Montreal Independent Schools Invitational Basketball Tournament in January. Congratulations to all of the players and coaches for their hard work and dedication.

Canada National Spelling Bee Championship 2022

Turnbull School students continue to achieve excellence. The 2022 Canada National Spelling Bee Championship on May 28th gathered 54 outstanding spellers from across Canada. Declan Cunningham in grade 8 took 3rd place and Ashley Sutherland, also in grade 8, tied for 5th. Congratulations to these students for their effort, enthusiasm and exceptional results.

Canada Wide Science Fair 2022

Two Turnbull School grade 8 students finished in the top three at this year’s Canada Wide Science Fair. Timothy Riddolls earned a bronze medal for his project, Electromagnetic Pulse Effects on Non-Volatile Digital Memory, and Lauren Rasalingam earned a silver medal for her project, Not on My Back! (Engineering Horse Saddle Pads).Congratulations to both of these students for their hard work, effort and outstanding results!