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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

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.

Admissions 2023

Turnbull School is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year. 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

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!

2022 Ottawa Regional Science Fair

The 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 opportunity. Two grade 8 students, Lauren Rasalingam and Timothy Riddols will represent Turnbull

School at the upcoming Canada Wide Science Fair.

The following is a list of our results at this year’s ORSF:

2022 Junior Interdisciplinary Award Recipients
First Place
Timothy Riddols
: Electromagnetic Pulse Effects on Non-Volatile Digital Memory

Second Place
Lauren Rasalingam
: Not on My Back!

Third Place
Aleem Kassam:
Implicit Bias: Which Age Group is the Most Racist?

Honourable Mention
Sean Dunn:
Glide into the Future: Eco Friendly vs Harmful Ski Glide Wax

2022 Junior Divisional Award Recipients
Junior Information Award
Timothy Riddols: Electromagnetic Pulse Effects on Non-Volatile Digital Memory

Junior Energy Award
Parker Corbett: Archimedes Screw Generating Electricity

2022 Special Award Recipients

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Physics Award Lauren Rasalingam: Not on My Back!

Honeywell Aerospace Award
Timothy Riddols: Electromagnetic Pulse Effects on Non-Volatile Digital Memory

Popular Vote Project Award
Lauren Rasalingam
: Not on My Back!

2022 Grand Award Recipients
Best in Age Category (Junior)
Timothy Riddols: Electromagnetic Pulse Effects on Non-Volatile Digital Memory

2022 Canada Wide Science Fair Finalists

Lauren Rasalingam
: Not on My Back!

Timothy Riddols: Electromagnetic Pulse Effects on Non-Volatile Digital Memory

Every Child Matters

On September 30th, we  shared Turnbull School’s Land Acknowledgement during morning announcements and in both main foyers of the school.  These important words will be shared at the beginning of special occasions and assemblies.

As part of Turnbull School’s recognition of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation the school was pleased and humbled to virtually welcome an Inuk guest speaker, Genova, on September 29. Genova was born and raised in Nunavut, and she shared her knowledge and personal experiences about Inuit culture with our primary classes, life up north and how it differs from life here with our junior school, as well as key facts about Inuit history with our grade seven and eight students and teachers. We are grateful for Genova’s time with us as we continue our journey towards Truth and Reconciliation.