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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

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.

Kindergarten Admissions 2022

Turnbull School is now accepting applications for Kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 school year. To learn more about our school’s engaging and nurturing Kindergarten program, please contact Turnbull School’s Registrar, Joyce Walker-Steed: 613-729-6099, x 212 or

Concert Band Earns Gold at Nationals

The Turnbull School Concert Band continued their year of excellence, performing at the 2019 MusicFest Nationals, hosted in our nation’s capital at the National Arts Centre. Music Director, Sheri Harrington conducted the Band through three selected pieces and earned a Gold Standard of Performance Award.

2019 Ottawa Regional Science Fair

The ten senior students who represented Turnbull School at the ORSF did a wonderful 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:

ORSF Turnbull Winners

2019 Interdisciplinary Award Winners

Honourable Mention

Surface Conditions and the Greenhouse Effect

The Effect of Physical Activity on Fluid Intake

Third Place

Reconceptualizing Home Design in the Age of Climate Change

First Place

An Exploration of Epigallocatechin – 3-gallate on Planarian Regeneration

Sun Protection at What Cost?

2019 Divisional Award Winners

Junior Challenge Award – Environment

Sun Protection at What Cost?

2019 Special Award Winners

American Society of Heating , Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Reconceptualizing Home Design in the Age of Climate Change

Rooftop Gardens; The New Cool

Canada Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Ottawa Centre

Surface Conditions and the Greenhouse Effect

JR Hall Memorial Award

An Exploration of Epigallocatechin – 3-gallate on Planarian Regeneration

ORSF Committee – Consumer Products

Sun Protection at What Cost?

Partners in Research – Junior

The Effect of Physical Activity on Fluid Intake

Basketball Champions

Congratulations to the Turnbull School basketball teams for their respective championships won this past season. The junior boys, junior girls, senior boys and senior girls teams each enjoyed very successful seasons and tournament wins.