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

Ottawa Regional Science Fair Results 2024

Our senior students who participated at the Ottawa Regional Science Fair did a wonderful job, enjoyed their experience, and earned several awards. Congratulations to all our students who took part in this exciting event. The following is a list of results at this year’s ORSF:

Best in Age Interdisciplinary Awards – Junior

  • 1st Place – Sarvin Panu-Metsaranta – Sugar Rush: Determining the Best Carbohydrate Source to Aid Patients with Type 1 Diabetes
  • 2nd Place – Anna Lalu – Stances Towards Vaping on Social Media
  • Honourable Mention: Zara Saxe – The Use of Alum and the Effects on Aquatic Life

Kiran Lalu – ChatGPT vs Teachers: Can AI be used in schools to help students?

Zayn Boodhwani – Defying Drought

Special Awards 

  • Water Environmental Association of Ontario Award – Zara Saxe
  • Canada Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Ottawa – Zayn Boodhwani
  • Laurentian Chapter of SETAC Award – Zara Saxe
  • Partners in Research – UOttawa School of Medicine Award – Sarvin Panu-Metsaranta
  • Water Environment Association of Ontario Award – Nadia Golah-Rusnak

Junior Divisional Awards 

  • Digital Technology – Kiran Lalu
  • Health and Wellness – Anna Lalu

Turnbull Alumni
Natural Resources Award and entry to the Canada Wide Science Fair – Aliyan Boodhwani

Concert Band Earns Gold at Regionals

Turnbull School’s Concert Band participated in the 2024 Capital Region MusicFest in February achieving a Gold Level of performance. They will travel to Toronto later this year to compete in the Nationals.

OISAA Basketball Championship 2024

We are pleased to announce another very successful season for Turnbull School basketball. The junior boys and girls teams, along with the senior girls team each won their respective OISAA Championships this year. In January, the senior girls team also repeated as victors of the Montreal Independent Schools Invitational Basketball Tournament. Congratulations to all the players and coaches for their hard work and commitment.

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.