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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

Turnbull School is looking forward to celebrating this milestone during the 2022-2023 school year.

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 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!

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.